Enzo the dog is a wise old soul who’s helped his owner, racecar driver Denny Swift, cope with life’s twists and turns (on and off the track). Enzo’s life is almost over, but he doesn’t want his humans to be sad; he’s looking forward to being reincarnated as a man himself soon. But before Enzo crosses that finish line, he’s on one last mission to help Denny.
Racecar driver Denny Swift adopted Enzo the dog from a farm so that he’d have a buddy to ride shotgun with him. What he got wasn’t just a companion animal, but a true friend. Although Enzo lacks thumbs and the ability to speak to Denny, he’s an equal to any human philosopher with his profound understanding of both racing and life. As their years together go by, Denny marries Eve, has a daughter Zoë, and experiences a few trials and setbacks, but Enzo is his constant and faithful co-pilot. Now, Enzo knows his time left with Denny is short, but is looking forward to being reincarnated as a human and wants to help Denny through this last difficult time together. Enzo’s narration is funny, warm, doglike, and incredibly human, and even many folks who shy away from “sad dog stories” won’t regret reading this bittersweet, but ultimately uplifting book. (Just be sure to bring the tissues.)