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A Dog’s Purpose


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.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).


  1. I thought about the perspective of my two dogs’ just this morning. I thought how they must think that all good things come from behind closed doors.

    My husband and I have always kept their food and treats inside a hall closet. In the past few years, we have moved often and each place has had a small closet in which we keep their goodies stored.

    We also give them fresh cut fruit and veggies out of the refrigerator on occasion (another small, closed-off space).

    Now when I go to open a door (bathroom, bedroom, closet, refrigerator, etc.), they are by my side, in the perfect sit position, drool and bubbles at the mouth and eyes wide open. It dawned on me this morning that they probably see each closed door as an opportunity to receive something good.

    I wish it was that simple!!

    And… I will be sure to pick up a copy of “A Dog’s Purpose” soon. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • I had a wonderful collie dog named Patty growing up. He was the best. His main purpose as all dogs was to be a loyal friend to their master as Patty was to me. Not only loving and friendly but he was very protective of me. Not many humans can I say the same about. I miss old Patty. He eventually went blind and got arthritis and had to be put to sleep. I think about him often.

  2. I can’t wait to read this book. I often watch my best friend and wonder what he must be thinking, and I’m always amazed how he seems able to read my mind. Life would be empty without pets.

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