I read this book in August and have not been able to get it out of my mind and heart. My sister lent me the book, and when I was done I just couldn't return it. I just felt that I needed to keep a copy near, as I knew I would want to go back and reread some or all of it.
We adopted a dog, Piper, from our local animal shelter in January, and as I was reading the book, I kept thinking of her as a Sawtelle dog. She is beautiful and smart and looks you right in the eye. She has the calmness and inquisitiveness of the Sawtelle dogs, and when you speak to her, she frequently cocks her head to one side as if she were really trying to understand what you're saying.