Review: A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose
By W. Bruce Cameron
Forge Books
July 2010
320 pages

Not since Lad: A Dog or Beautiful Joe have I been so moved by a dog story.  A Dog’s Purpose takes readers on a unique journey into the evolution of an intelligent and affectionate canine soul through several reincarnations. From a pup born feral, to a boy’s beloved golden retriever, to a heroic search and rescue German shepherd, the dog learns the hard way about his place among humans. Through each lifetime he is driven by a higher purpose. An exceptional twist of fate near the end brings it all home for the dog – and the reader.

Cameron tells the story from the dog’s point-of-view. He artfully uses familiar dog behaviors to create hilarious scenes as well as nail-biting action. The dog’s actions, reactions, and thought processes come off as perfectly natural. The brilliance of Cameron’s storytelling is that he doesn’t paint the tragedies of a dog’s life – or lives – with maudlin brushstrokes. The tears he invokes have everything to do with the memories of cherished pets he stirs up in readers.

Dog lovers will lap up this book in one sitting. No matter how well you think you know your dog, you will never see your dog the same way.  A Dog’s Purpose is a satisfying emotional sojourn that lingers beyond the pages.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts

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