A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose

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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.
ISBN: 9781429960274
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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margies
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.

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Leopardstrike
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!

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JLMason
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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maclin
Mar 26, 2017

AMAZING, AWESOME book, a must read !

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Mar 18, 2017

Such a amazing book that is the top read through a dog's eyes! It leaves you feeling sad, happy and wiser in the end... must read!

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evelyno
Mar 01, 2017

This book is beautiful. It is wonderful and moving and I stayed up late reading chapter after chapter. I loved it cover to cover, with it's unique view on life, love, and human relationships. It contains a fantastic mix of bright and joyful moments, laugh out loud humour, edge of your seat tension, and a beautiful type of heartbreak that makes you love being desperately sad. I found myself being quickly attached to the characters, who have a depth to them, a realisticness brought largely about by their display of emotions, and their unique personalities which accurately represent those of people in real life. The plot is thoroughly engaging, and the writing is exeptional. I recommend this book to all but young children, as there are sensitive concepts such as abuse, starvation, injury, death, unstable marriages, and alchahol. This book is most certainly worth every minute it takes to read.

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GDWallis
Jan 07, 2017

It is a rare circumstance for a book to create immediate emotions in me that I cannot handle. That is why I gave this book 5 stars. A Dog's Purpose made me cry. I mourned some of the pets I had as a child and the pets I took care of as an adult. It gave me the healthy opportunity to think about them and thank God for them. And as soon as I finished A Dog's Purpose, my cat T'Pol passed away. I cried again, of course. She was old and diabetic. I wanted to read A Dog's Purpose after finding out a movie on the book was being filmed. I saw the book years ago on a shelf in Fred Meyer and just now picked it up to read. Glad I read it. A Dog's Purpose was about a dog's life -or many lives- and his purpose in life. The dog spent many years and lives to find the boy he grew up with, Ethan, his devotion both beautiful and enduring. The entire book was written from the dog's point of view, making an interesting and enticing book to read. I honestly could not put the book down. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, A Dog's Journey, a continuation of the dog's life, and I am looking forward to watching the movie. Do I recommend reading A Dog's Purpose? Absolutely. It was well worth it. Make sure you read the afterword as well, since it gives the reason behind W. Bruce Cameron's writing of the book.
Read from December 28, 2016 to January 02, 2017

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mjk236sb
Dec 05, 2016

This is a favorite book and a must read for dog lovers and owners. Even though I cried several times while reading this book it was just wonderful. To find that at the end and through several journeys in life the dog did fulfill his purpose .It was well worth the moments of sadness to feel the joy and love that he felt on the last page. Dogs are our friends and more and should be cherished always.

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Brozor123
Nov 28, 2016

This was one of my favorites. A close second to The Art of Racing in the Rain. The way Cameron was able to insert complicated literature into the simple mindedness of a dog was beautiful. And the way he was able to give the dog a human sense and moral was impeccable. five out of five.

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BudgiesNbooks
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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