I am reviewing three books this summer. Each chronicles a cross-country road trip in an RV with dog(s), and each embarks with a different mission.
- Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
- Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt
- Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
I am looking for entertaining stories that provide insight into the realities of long dog road trips, as well as inspiration for creating my own road trip mission.
This is the first of the series …
Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Travels with Casey takes us around the US in a rented RV with author Benoit Denizet-Lewis and his Labrador Casey. The mission is to discover how Americans relate with dogs.
Bold mission, well accomplished.
Travels with Casey is a carefully crafted fabric of memoir and travel log, investigative report, and the search for true human-dog bonding. Denizet-Lewis weaves the parts together so effectively that I felt I was virtually sitting in the RV’s passenger seat along for the ride.
I laughed frequently and sorrowed occasionally, and finished the book enlightened (and a little travel-worn!)
Denizet-Lewis bears witness to aspects of dogs in America that can be heartbreaking and painful. He delves unabashedly into dog-centric controversies, calling it like he sees it (a trait we at Let’s Go Dog respect.) Most enjoyably, he paints a portrayal of the myriad of ways people express great love for dogs. Ways that can be as quirky, disjointed and well-intentioned as the dog lovers themselves.
There are parts of the book that I found uncomfortable.
I want to bury my head in the sand when it comes to the harsh reality of many dogs’ lives. It was hard to read accounts about “kill shelters” and dogs trying to live in rough city neighborhoods. But it was pretty easy to see the hard sections of the book coming so extra-sensitive readers can just skip over those pages.
I also found the intimate details Denizet-Lewis shares about himself are at times almost too awkward and raw.
Denizet-Lewis is a talented writer. I found Travels with Casey entertaining and informative. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of many different points of view about dog and human bonds in America. I also gained insight into a few tid-bits of reality when it comes to road tripping with dogs.
Disclosure: The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own with no outside influence. I received an advance copy of Travels with Casey for review purposes at no charge. I received no other compensation for this review.