A Dog’s Purpose
By W. Bruce Cameron
I probably have mentioned this on occasion. This year I decided to take on the PopSugar 2017 Reading Challenge. One of the books on the list must be told from a nonhuman perspective. I hadn’t been able to come up with a book until I strolled by the book section of Target. Of course, my daughter and I were out spending money we didn’t have, when this book jumped out at me from the end cap. At that point I think it was my purpose to pick it up and read the back cover. I discovered that the story was told by a dog. It really didn’t capture my full interest, but on sale for $9, I knew the book would serve my purpose at a reasonable price.
Whether you are a dog owner or not, I am pretty sure you will enjoy reading this tale told by a dog who gets reincarnated 4 times, each time as a different breed, in different circumstances. On his first birthday he realizes, as he is snuggled next to Mother, that he is not alone. He has siblings and he doesn’t want to share Mother with them. Hungry, Fast, Sister, Mother, and the narrator are street dogs. Mother teaches them what they need to survive.
In his second life, he comes back as a Golden Retriever. Through a series of unusual events he ends up with Boy. He now has a home and a boy who dotes on him. He is named Bailey, and he is sure he has found his purpose, loving and taking care of his Boy, Jacob.
In his third life he comes back as a German Shepherd and female! Named Ellie, she learns games like Go, Find, Show. She works with a police officer named Jakob who suffers from some inner kind of pain that he cannot understand. While she retains the memories from her former lives, she admits that human emotions are for the most part beyond her comprehension.
The dog’s 4th time around is one in which he comes as a male, this time a purebred black Labrador. He is the last of the litter to be sold. Everyone thinks there is something wrong with him. He is not frisky like the other puppies. He admits that he just wants to be alone to figure out why he came back a 4th time. With an indifferent and then a violent owner, he runs away. That’s all I will say. I don’t want to give the story away. Does he ever figure out his purpose? I can’t tell you that either.
This is a 5 out of 5 stars book, even though I didn’t think it would be. I hope you will give it a read. It is a movie. I am kind of afraid to see it because I don’t know how a movie would capture the nuances. And Dennis Quaid is not an actor I am really impressed with. Will I watch it? I don’t know. I guess time will tell. Maybe in my next life. I only hope that I won’t come back short and chubby. Been there, done that.