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The Art of Racing in the Rain

To keep up with the crazy busy summer we have had, Chris and I ( and Calie of course) headed up to Vermillion this weekend. Chris’ parents have a place up there right along the river – or what used to be the river before the flood last year changed everything and now there is just a ton of sand. Either way it was great to be up there!

We hadn’t been up there yet this year and I hadn’t seen Chris’ family since just after Easter. It’s always a great time and very relaxing. There’s not cell service, tv or internet and it is amazing to be able to completely unplug. Today, before we headed home, we went out on the Missouri river in Sioux City on Patrick and Kayla’s (Chris’ brother and his girlfriend) boat. It was awesome to be out on the water and Calie loved swimming and running around on the beach.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The art of racing in the rain

This book took me a while to get through but that was completely my fault. I keep getting distracted with other things and then would forget to pick it back up. I can honestly say that this book is a much quicker read than I made it out to be because I read over half of it in the car on the way to Vermillion this weekend.

I’m not going to give away too much because I’m hoping Chris will read this book. The Art of Racing in the Rain is told from the point of view of Enzo, the dog. He takes the reader through his life with Denny and everything their family has to go through. From the tragic death of Eve, Denny’s wife, to Denny’s bitter custody battle with his in-laws over his daughter (Which is such an awful situation I wont even get into it. You have to read it to believe it) and Denny’s racing career, Enzo is there to help Denny through. All the while, Enzo is just dreaming about the day when his time as a dog is done and his soul can come back as a man. Then he would be able to communicate what he thinks and knows about what is going on.

It is a sad, emotional story that will keep you laughing all the way through (if that makes any sense!!) and I would recommend it to anyone, especially my fellow dog owners. The love from a dog truly is unconditional.

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