“This was, I decided, my purpose as a dog, to comfort the boy whenever he ne needed me.”
This past week I tore through W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose. Published in 2010, it recently resurfaced on booklists everywhere when the film adaptation was released last year. Being a reader and a dog lover, and having seen the movie… I decided to take the plunge and dive into this novel.
Told from the perspective of the dog Bailey, this novel details the relationships he shares with humans and other animals: the good, the bad, and the beautiful. Spanning several years, the book follows Bailey as he seeks his Purpose and is subsequently reincarnated in his pursuit of meaning. The book was reminiscent of the old Disney movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey in its simple tone and dialogue, and was a sweet read.
While being a dog-lover certainly helps when reading this book, everyone can relate to the deeper theme of finding one’s purpose in this world. Cameron simply took the time old question of “What’s the meaning of life?” and expanded on it.
Overall this book was a sweet homage to the power of love, and the human-animal connection that dog owners for ages have felt for their furry companions. It is my hope that everyone should at some point in their life find their Bailey.
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