Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. There have been a lot of uphill battles, not the least of which is the loss of Denny's wife, Eve, and the struggle over who will care for their daughter, Zoe. But Enzo is fiercely loyal to his family and is determined to see them through these losses and emerge the better for them.
I know what you're thinking: does the dog die in the end? I would have to say, "no, Enzo lives on forever." The Art of Racing in the Rain was definitely worth a second chance.