"When the world is new, you want to go slowly. There are hills to roll down, perfect-sized rocks to find, trees that seem to whisper their thoughts. It's the same when you're much, much older, and every time 'round the seasons seems precious. Yet the folks in the middle are always rushing, rushing, rushing. Places to be, trains to catch; and everything FAST. That's what makes the bond between old dog and the little girl so special. From the time she takes her first steps, old dog finds someone--at last!--who wants to go at the same pace he does. To walk with, everywhere, through this wide, wonderful world."--Jacket flap.