Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” has won a ton of awards; it’s just a wonderful book about a dog named Enzo, Enzo’s owner Denny, and some sadness that Denny endures — told from the perspective and perception of Enzo. It is the ultimate expression of the nature of dogs, the love they have for their people, dog communication and dog behavior at their unimaginable best.
Garth explains that he didn’t set out to write a book from a dog’s vantage point. Enzo, Garth recounts, is just a character in a novel, who just happens to be a dog. It’s a lovely commentary on dog’s perception, intelligence, and caring for their owners.
Heather Murphy, of the Arizona Golden Retriever Connection, first recommended “The Art of Racing in the Rain” to us, so we asked her to join the dog talk. It was fun to hear from her again — and to hear that their Golden Retriever named Enzo has found a great home!
Callers Brian and Diane received signed copies of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and “My Doggie Says… Messages from Jamie” for their efforts.
The “My Doggie Says…” show helps listeners gain a deeper appreciation for “Man’s Best Friend.” The show is broadcast live from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights, on KFNX 1100, Phoenix. It is streamed live on www.1100kfnx.com. Host Fred Haney interviews experts on all aspects of dogs and dog ownership. Listen to past interviews at www.mydoggiesays.com/. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Go to the iTunes store, click on “Podcast,” and search for “My Doggie Says…”