“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.”
“Dog’ is ‘God’ spelled backward; you know that. That’s why you’re here, to help the nuns do God’s work.”
I packed W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Journey for my vacation to New Orleans this past week. A tiny slip of a paperback, it was the perfect book to stash in my purse for all of our jaunts. I read it at the beach, waiting for trolleys, and stolen moments in the hotel before bed. I had read the first book in the series A Dog’s Purpose a few months back during the semester and was enchanted by the sweetness of the book (you can find my review here). The book hold’s a special place on the blog in that it was my very first book review. A Dog’s Journey was just as endearing, and I actually liked it more than the first book.
Buddy has had a good life and fulfilled his Purpose. Or so he thought. Now he has found a new purpose: Clarity June. A troubled teenager with a fiery spirit, this dog has his hands full.
Fans of A Dog’s Purpose will not be disappointed: the sequel is just as good as the first with simple writing and an often humorous insight into how dogs view human behavior. While I recommend reading the first book to get the full context of the story, this second book could just as easily be read as a standalone. The book is a fast and easy read that tugs at one’s heartstrings, and it would help to have your furry friend nearby, because you will definitely want to snuggle them. I hardly ever cry while reading a book, and I admittedly shed a tear or two.
The human-animal connection was beautifully drawn and the idea that we all have a purpose was a very powerful theme just as it was in the first book. Cameron researched the book well, and his emphasis on human dignity no matter what your walk of life and second chances were palpable in every page. The book could easily be read over a weekend (assuming you’re not on vacation), and is the perfect book for the animal lover in your life.