A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Forge,, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780765326263
Branch Call Number: FIC CAM
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

I read this book in like 3 hours. Could not for the life of me put it down!!!

Sep 20, 2017

A light read. Cute story. I liked it.

AL_CYNTHIA Sep 19, 2017

A dog's enduring love for his "boy" and the lessons learned along the way to fulfill his purpose for the boy makes this an imaginative story. As a dog lover, some parts are hard to read. I have a feeling tissues will be a must when watching the movie!

Aug 30, 2017

This book was amazing. Cameron manages to capture a dog's point of view perfectly. A beautiful read!

Aug 30, 2017

I can't say that this was a book I picked up and couldn't put down until it was done, but it was everything that the reviews claim it that it is - humorous, well written, and heart wrenching. I was always either crying from sadness or because I was laughing so hard. A wonderful take on the way that a dog might view the world. This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster as you watch the various lives of a dog, searching for his purpose. Overall an incredible book, and highly recommended by me.

Aug 23, 2017

sooo amazing but some aspects of it were kinda dark so in my opion 4 and a half

Aug 14, 2017

As one who had a service dog for years, I can say I loved it. Of course wish they'd added a service dog story but ... they are not well known.

Loved it, loved it. Yes and then some.

May 15, 2017

A great and heartwarming story! This is a beautiful, tragic and sweet tale. Deserves 5 stars!

Cynthia_N May 03, 2017

So much yes!! Heart filling and heart wrenching! Cameron writes from the dog's point of view and it just makes sense!

Mar 30, 2017

This book came highly recommended to me, a dog owner and lover. Other than the description of search and rescue dog training, it was a disappointment. Maudlin, predictable, and poorly written with a simple, Disneyesque storyline, the book anthropomorphizes dog behaviour and thought processes for wishful dog owners. The main problem with writing a story from a dog’s perspective is that a dog’s perspective is pretty limited. It perceives the world through a narrow lens of oder, food, comfort, and play, so the narrative becomes repetitive after awhile. The same issue occurs in the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn with Chet as the dog protagonist/narrator; you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. If you truly want to understand dog behaviour and how they perceive the environment, check out Stanley Coren’s books, particularly “The Intelligence of Dogs”, “How to speak dog: Mastering the art of dog-human communication”, and "Why does my dog act that way? A complete guide to your dog’s personality”.

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Aug 21, 2017

"Bailey, Bailey, Bailey, I'm going to miss you , doodle dog," Ethan whispered in my ear. His breath was warm and delightful. I closed my eyes at the sheer pleasure of it, the sheer pleasure of love from the boy, love by the boy."


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