Dogs, Dogs, & More Dogs Part II
Another great book is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This is a sweet story about the relationship between an auto mechanic/racecar driver, as told from the dog's point of view. It is touching, and heartbreaking, and filled with inspiration as the main character overcomes one challenge after another in order to live his dream.
Listen While You Drive
There was many an evening I sat in my car, listening to the audio version in my garage for those few extra minutes, because I just couldn't "put it down." Listening to books on CD has become one of my favorite ways to "read" a book, especially if you have a busy schedule and spend a lot of time in your car. If you have a good reader, it can really bring life to a story that would otherwise be missing, and the narration by Christopher Evan Welch makes you feel as if it could really be a dog talking! Again, having tissue on hand is advised.
For those of you fellow dog owners who like to read about all the latest quality of life enhancers for your pet, Foster City Library carries two good dog magazines . . . Animal Wellness focuses on your dog living a long, healthy life and Bark considers itself the dog culture magazine. While I enjoy the efforts of Animal Wellness for keeping my dog healthy, Bark is my favorite for its variety.
Sections to Note: Flip to These Pages
My favorite pages are the “Smilers” pages that are two solid pages of photos of dogs smiling. You heard me, dogs smiling. Check it out . . . you’ll love it! Also, each issue has an article in the beginning titled “Howl” and at the end titled “Endpiece”. Check out the Feb/Mar 2011 issue. The “Howl” page is “An Open Letter to My Puppy” by Flannery Dean.
She has a delightful writing style that allows us to laugh at ourselves for those thoughts and feelings we have all had while raising our puppies. And the “Endpiece” is a particularly moving tribute to our dogs as they get old. It made me appreciate my first dog Joy, and what I went through with her during the last years before I had to say goodbye to her after 17 years. Even thinking about her still stops me dead in my tracks.
Barbara grew up not having any pets, as her father was allergic, and it took many years for her to grow into an appreciation for getting a pet. When she was ready, she heard about a friend of a friend that had just had a litter of the type of dog she wanted, a Queensland Healer. She drove an hour and a half to meet the people and follow them to their small ranch where the puppies were. She had already decided to let the dog pick her, and that Joy did…came right up to her, into her arms and never left. She raised Joy from the time she was eight weeks until her death at 16 plus years. It took her six months before she was ready to consider having another dog, and once again, Matey picked her. He looked back over his shoulder at her as she returned him to his caregiver after taking him for a walk while volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and that was it. She was hooked. Another grand and glorious adventure has begun!