There was one particular "chapter" that moved me in a special way; maybe because of the loss of my own canine companion. I like the philosophical sense behind this particular passage, as Enzo, the narrator and main character, reflects on the next life. Well, his next life and the possibility:
"In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog's master whispers into the dog's ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog's soul is freed to travel the land, to run the high desert plains for as long as it would like.
I learned that from a program on the National Geographic Channel, so I believe it is true. Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready.
I am ready." ~~ Chapter 18 ~~
The faithfulness of a dog. Well, there is nothing like it. It is unconditional and steadfast. They love you no matter what kind of day you have had and they look after you when you don't notice. The perspective the author gave Enzo is so plausible. Looking back I now understand some of Dragon's behaviors and those memories are endearing having read this book.
I won't tell you how it ends, but I encourage you to read it. If anything you will learn how manipulative some people can be to make others miserable and try to take all they value away. Maybe you know already; most of us do, but it's a different angle and honestly, we don't know ALL the angles of life.
When is a dog not a dog? I suggest you read the book and find out.
I think we could all benefit from an Enzo.
Picture is from dogtime.com