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A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans (original 2010; edition 2010)

by W. Bruce Cameron (Author)

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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, this 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, this book 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 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.… (more)
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Title:A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans
Authors:W. Bruce Cameron (Author)
Info:Forge Books (2010), Edition: 1, 320 pages
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Rating:****
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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (2010)

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I don’t know why I didn’t read this sooner.

I have never liked a book written from an animals’s perspective but this book actually had the dog seeming like a dog and not a human.

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Content: death, shooting (non-detailed) ( )
  libraryofemma | Apr 18, 2024 |
This book left me feeling conflicted. Yes , I cried repeatedly at the touching scenes, but I wondered about "the dogs purpose." It seemed unfair to reduce the dog's purpose solely to making the person happy-but isn't that what I do to a certain extent in having a dog as a pet? Made me think ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
I have to admit that this book had me in tears almost from the start. I was not sure I would be able to finish it. However, I kept going and am so glad I did. This has been listed as a book for middle school, but I am not sure I agree with that. It has a lot of adult themes that are nuanced throughout. I would recommend that parents read this first or read it with their child so they can help explain some of these themes in more depth. It really helped me process the loss of my three dogs and deepened my bond with my Chihuahua, who is the last dog standing. W. Bruce Cameron gives hope to dog lovers everywhere that you can always find your best friend again. ( )
  Vintage_B | Nov 10, 2023 |
"I laughed. I cried. It moved me, Bob." ( )
  DominiqueMarie | Oct 22, 2023 |
Sorry, my eyes are sweating, can't write properly ( )
  enlasnubess | Oct 2, 2023 |
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Beleites, EdithÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dufris, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hölsken, NicoleHerausgebersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, George K.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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, this 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, this book 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 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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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.
Libro que trata de la fidelidad de una mascota, que en ciertas veces es mejor que la de un ser humano
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