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Book Review and Giveaway: A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

by Therese on October 13, 2010

in Book Reviews, Dogs

I A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameronwas a little surprised at how much I liked A Dog’s Purpose (aff). The thing is, I normally don’t like books or movies that feature talking animals. (Cartoons and some animated movies are sometimes an exception.)

I had picked the book up in the bookstore and put it back down after I realized it was written from a dog’s point of view. I had made up my mind I wouldn’t like it. But when I was asked if I’d like a copy to review, I said OK, and decided I’d give it a chance. I’m glad I did!

This isn’t the typical cutesy talking dog story with a dog who wears frilly dog cloths, dines on gourmet food from a silver platter, and thinks and acts more like a human than a dog. Instead, this dog actually admits to liking stinky things, enjoys ripping stuff to shreds, and doesn’t always understand what his people are talking about. And, what’s more, and what makes the book so easy to get into, is that this dog is on a quest to find a purpose in life. As he is reincarnated through several lifetimes, you’ll meet the people and circumstances that teach him about life and why he has come back so many times.

Through a dog’s eyes, you’ll meet different types of dog people in this book, and each of them will affect you in a different way. In the end though I know this book will touch your heart, make you love your dog more than ever, and maybe even make you think about your purpose in life. And if you’re like me, you’ll want your dogs by you side as you read!

Would you like to read it?

If so, be sure to leave a comment below telling us what makes your favorite dog so special. Then, on October 30 I’ll pick a winner, who will receive the book. Be sure to read the rules here.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia Cranford October 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

Would love to win “A Dog’s Purpose”


Josie and Sam October 14, 2010 at 8:15 am

This could be a great book for Sam to use in the Fur Fun reading progam. He’s off to work with special kids today, he will be totally worn out by the time we get home, but he loves it.


Alice October 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

This has been a rough year for me after losing 1 dog Curley to Lymphoma and then another dog a month and a half after him who was the love of my life Moebert to Hemangiosarcoma. We adopted Bando to keep our other dog Hunter company. Bando was 7 months old but when he came into the house it was like he had been here forever he is all 3 of my other dogs rolled onto one. Truly an amazing pup and I think he had a purpose when he came into our lives.


Vicki October 14, 2010 at 11:51 am

I knew from the day I adopted ShaktiPaw at age 15 that he was special. He’s a little white 10 pound Poodle — not my type of dog at all, but his mommy had died. He was stone deaf, had a haircut that looked like Einstein, was covered with poodle warts, and slept most of the time. Although not a physical beauty, he turned out to be a spiritual beauty.

I quickly began to call him my little zen doggy. His human mamma had been married to a member of the Ghandi family, and she was dedicated to peace marches and making the world a better place. ShaktiPaw went everywhere with her and learned her ways well.

Fast forward to October of this year when I adopted an 80 pound, 9 year old Great Pyrenees mix whose mamma had also died. He was shunted around to three foster homes and was pretty traumatized when he reached me. My intention was to give him a safe place to land where he could heal at his own pace. A week after he arrived we were out walking in the neighborhood one morning when a little Papillon spotted us and dashed across the street to greet my gentle giant. The little dog was hit and killed by a speeding car. As I watched the scene unfolding in slow motion I screemed no-o-o-o-o at the driver to try to get him to avoid the dog. He heard nothing and sped away. My poor Gus thought I was screaming at him, and we were both shattered.

We came home and huddled together on the couch, trying to console each other. Although ShaktiPaw could not hear the sobbing, he sensed our grief and climbed up to join us. He kept right on climbing until he was lying on Gus’s head, and that’s where he stayed until we calmed down. ShaktiPaw, my little zen dog, is a healer.


Jill October 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’ve read about this book on other websites and I’d love to win a copy. I have a wonderful dog, my very first dog. Now that he’s in my life, I can’t imagine ever not having him. He’s a true joy and makes me smile all the time.


Lincoln December 31, 2011 at 3:30 am

If anyone’s interested; I was looking up for more on Bruce Cameron and found a live copy of an interview with him regarding the writing of this book on the Book Report radio sire: http://bookreportradio.com/archives.html I thought he’s a very sweet guy. Fits in with the very sweet book 🙂


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