Book Club and Puppy Love

by jenn on August 29, 2010

in Book Club,Dogs

Emmett Painting by Matthew Lee

(Painting of my dog Emmett by my 12-year old nephew Matthew Lee)

This afternoon I hosted book club at my house (we’re on year eight!) and we enjoyed a lovely lunch in my backyard. I always enjoy catching up with my friends and indulging in yummy food. My pick this round was The Art of Racing in the Rain. This endearing tale is narrated by a dog named Enzo and I found the book to be surprisingly spiritual. I chose it because I couldn’t resist the cute little video of Enzo the dog on the Amazon page. I’m a total sucker for dog stories. I remember crying in my sixth grade classroom as our teacher read us Where the Red Fern Grows.

For my birthday earlier this month, my brother got me the movie Hachi. He had seen it on a plane and had a feeling I’d enjoy it as much as he did (and he’s not even really a dog person). The story is so touching that I went through a whole lotta tissue watching this one and even woke up with puffy eyes!

And the other day I watched this episode of Underdog to Wonderdog about an amazing dog named Faith. I got teary within the first few minutes of watching this heartwarming pup.

Like I said, I’m a total sucker for dog stories.

Dogs give such unconditional love and are so present. They teach us how to be better human beings (check out Eckhart Tolle’s Guardians of Being for simple, inspiring reminders from our four-legged friends).

My pup Emmett is getting on in years, which made reading Enzo’s story that much more tender for me. But of course, Emmett has no idea how old he is! In fact, he got himself into trouble tonight by breaking yet another plate that fell from the counter as he tried to lick it. Guess he wanted to enjoy some of the delicious book club leftovers, too!

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Susannah August 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I recently started reading your blog and it ALWAYS makes me smile. You have a wonderful way of looking at the world…and completely got me choked up just thinking about Where the Red Fern Grows. 🙂 I still have my battered copy from a zillion years ago…

Gayle September 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

I loved this post, and your nephew is really talented! I’ve never read “Where the Red Fern Grows” but I’m glad to know I’m not the only person who cries at puppy tales. I’ll check it out and Hachi, too, because I know it was based on a true story. Thanks!

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