Have you ever wondered what life would be like from a dog’s perspective? Every now and then I may have wondered “what in the world was she thinking” when my furry friend did something really naughty. But I must admit I’ve never really pondered about the way she viewed the world and the events around her for any real length of time.
My eyes were opened wide to that precise concept after reading A Dog’s Purpose written by W. Bruce Cameron. His is a heartwarming story of a dog who is reborn several times. Each new life offers a detailed view of what a dog’s life would be like in different circumstances. From the heart wrenching life of a stray puppy captured by an individual who truly cares about strays, to a fun and happy life with an 8-year-old child, then on to being a heroic search and rescue dog, and finally as a black lab that combined all his talents from previous lives to fulfill his purpose in life.
Beyond the immediate story, Cameron captures the true essence of the beauty in finding a purpose in life. Along the way you’ll laugh and cry just hearing about life from the canines point of view. You’ll not only see how human relationships are effected by dogs, but also get a glimpse of how dogs might see those relationships. The wonderful bond between man and man’s best friend take on a whole new meaning. The story will convince you that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
The book is so well written that I think perhaps Cameron was indeed a dog in a previous life! There is no other explanation for how he portrayed life so exquisitely from a dogs point of view. Any dog lover, young or old, should put A Dog’s Purpose on their must-read list.
Update: We’ve also seen the movie. Twice. It’s available on Amazon Prime!
Disclosure: We received a copy of the book from the publisher for review.