If you own a dog then read this book for a reason other than entertainment. Read it and realise the love, the sorrow, and the eventual enlightenment that your dog will bring to you.
W Bruce Cameron is a master of wit, his 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter rippled with hilarious angst and a tsunami of reflective poignancy. But with A Dog’s Purpose he has transcended all else.
If you’re a dog-lover, hell, even if you just love animals in general, A Dog’s Purpose is a pillar of a book. It will make you laugh, and have you bawling like a baby, but above all it will make you love life and all its idiosyncrasies.
The book follows the ‘lives’ of one dog as he strives through a number of canine incarnations to find a purpose to his life. Moving from the mongrel Toby, to the loveable Bailey, then to the supremely talented and heroic Ellie, and finally into Buddy, the book cavorts, mourns, elates and thrills.
Told from a dog’s perspective the book offers a unique insight (for those who know nothing about canines) into the psyche of man’s best friend: Why they do what they do, what they think of us, and the most enlightening of all, what they really think of other animals.
But above all else, this book is about humans and their dogs: From young Ethan’s growing journey alongside his furry soul-mate Bailey, to Jakob and Maya’s wildly different relationships with Ellie, the spectrum of human emotion is covered with, well, humanity and so much reality that one is left wondering whether Cameron, at some point in his myriad of lifecycles, was actually a dog.
If you own a dog then read this book for a reason other than entertainment. Read it because it’s important. Read it and realise the love, the sorrow, and the eventual enlightenment that your dog will bring to you.
After I finished the book I sat down with my dogs and hugged them, not only because I love them, but because they play such an important role in my life. One day, like Toby/Bailey/Ellie, they will grow old and move on. I know this, even though I often push it as far from my mind as possible. But until that day comes, I will cherish every moment, and thanks to books like A Dog’s Purpose, I will always be reminded of an animal’s unconditional love…something a human being could never muster. We just don’t have that purity.
And it is this purity that makes this book such a wonderful exhibition of life. It is this purity that makes it a part of you, forever.
Name: A Dog’s Purpose
Author: W Bruce Cameron