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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Purpose

by W. Bruce Cameron

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This is not a book I would have chosen for myself, but it was passed along to me from a friend who raved about it. It was a very sweet story told from a dog's point of view. Humans look mighty silly sometimes! As the dog main character cycles through a number of dog lives, we meet a wide variety of people and he learns lessons from each life that helps him later reconnect with the boy he loved. ( )
  mojomomma | Apr 15, 2017 |
What a delightful story "A Dog's Purpose" was. I saw the trailer for the movie recently and thought I needed to read the book. I loved the dog's voice from the first page. The author captured the perspective, love, determination and experience of a dog to perfection.

I enjoyed following the four lives of the dog, especially the second life. I laughed and I cried throughout the book as the dog journeyed through each reincarnated life trying to find meaning and purpose to its life.

Heart-warming and beautifully written, readers are faced with memories of their own devoted dogs, both past and present, who gave them a life of loyalty, devotion and unconditional love. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Apr 12, 2017 |
I haven't seen the movie version of "A Dog's Purpose," but I am going to go out on a limb and insist that, if you love dogs, you read this book whether you go to see the film or not. It will answer every question you have ever had about a beloved dog. It will make you smile much more than it will make you weep, but be prepared for the tears.

The narrator is Bailey, a dog who is reincarnated as a dog many times over the fifty year-time span covered by the book. He has different names in different lifetimes, and he comes back as different dog breeds (and genders), but in every lifetime he seeks to be a "good dog."

One beloved human boy, Ethan, is very special to Bailey, and they take care of each other starting when Ethan is 8 years old. When, as a very old dog, Bailey must move on, college age Ethan, holds him and weeps. Bailey never forgets his love for Ethan in lifetime after lifetime.

Bailey is not a human who woke up as a dog, he is a dog who always wakes up as a dog, and who always seeks a human to love. Bruce Cameron channels Bailey so brilliantly, it makes me wonder if perhaps he, like Dean Spanley, remembers his own prior life as a dog. I was deeply moved by this book. Please read it, your dog will thank you. ( )
  JRoslyn | Mar 21, 2017 |
4.5 stars

This book pulled on my heartstrings SO MANY times. Everything is told from a dog's POV. It goes through the stages of being a puppy until death several times. It makes you see how wonder dogs really are. Oh my heart ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
4.5 stars

This book pulled on my heartstrings SO MANY times. Everything is told from a dog's POV. It goes through the stages of being a puppy until death several times. It makes you see how wonder dogs really are. Oh my heart ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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To Cathryn / For doing everything, for being everything
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One day it occurred to me that the warm, squeaky, smelly things squirming around next to me were my brothers and sister.
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Bailey starts out life as a mutt named Toby, but after a short existence is reincarnated into a golden retriever who finds a loving home with 8-year-old Ethan. Bailey loves Ethan eagerly and without bounds — as only a dog truly can — and believes that this must be his purpose; this must be why he was reborn. But after a long life with the boy, Bailey dies yet again — and is reborn as a German Shepherd police dog. As Bailey ponders his new existence and what his new purpose must be, the bond he had with Ethan never wavers and he misses the boy desperately. “How could I possibly have a more important mission than loving the boy?” he wonders. Yet he begins the journey of life again, searching for its meaning, and always on the lookout for Ethan.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765326264, Hardcover)

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.   

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Searching for his purpose over the course of multiple canine lives, Bailey is reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragic death as a stray and shares a loving bond with young Ethan before he again dies and starts over.

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