Yet another great Seattle-based novel written by a Seattle author: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. Its voice is of the dog, Enzo; its metaphorical theme is auto racing. The first trumps the second, as most people I know who have read and loved it are women (who HATE auto racing, generally). Read this review at Amazon and then buy the book or order it from the library!
You will recognize the settings in the book: Lakeview Cemetary, Capitol Hill, Madison Valley!
Update: New York Times article about the author, Garth Stein.