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Direct sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Buddy is a good dog.

After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Forge Books (first published May 2012)
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Marion
If you read "A Dog's Purpose" you'll feel the same way - good or bad - about this continuation of the story. Have your hankies ready and your dogs close at hand. Some reviewers of these books complain about the simple writing style. The story is supposed to be told by a dog, and part of the message is that dogs are simple creatures. It's part of the books' charms. Readers in search of Great Literature shouldn't expect to find it in books that depict dogs with thought bubbles on the covers, for h ...more
Nik Markevicius
As a writer myself, I can't help but look at the mechanics of a piece when I read it. Not that I've lost the ability to enjoy a well-told tale. I'm like an auto mechanic at Cruise Night, admiring all the great work.

A Dog's Journey is a great story, a great sequel, and one of the best books written about dogs. The first book, A Dog's Purpose is the kind of emotional gut-wrench to a dog owner like me that makes you proud to care for a canine, and proud of the loyalty they show to us. ADJ does mor
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Sheila
I loved A Dog's Purpose. It is one of my 5-star books, and I am very, very stingy with giving out 5-stars. Unfortunately, for me at least, A Dog's Journey suffers from "sequel syndrome", and just was not as good. This book continues to be told by the dog, in his/her continued reincarnations. This time the dog becomes attached to Ethan's granddaughter, Clarity. But most of this book was about Clarity (CJ), and the conversation and thoughts of the dog just became repetitive. I never really felt at ...more
Sydney
This book was Amazing! I read it all in two days. It starts off years after the first book left off. Buddy is an old dog. His master, Ethan, had died and Buddy was convinced his purpose had been fullfilled and he would finally enter eternal rest at the end of his life. He spent the last of his days watchhing after a little toddler, Clarity, who was always getting into mischief around Buddy's farm. As he died, he knew that Clarity would need a dog of her own to look after her, but he never expect ...more
Sally
Seriously love this book, and am now craving another dog. It makes you feel like there is hope for humanity when you read books like this.

This is a continuation of A Dog's Purpose which I also adored. As other reviewers have stated, it is simply told, but is told from a dog's point of view...and dogs really aren't that complicated! They just love.

My favorite portion of the book (without giving away too many spoilers) was the caring and theraputic storyline. It is beyond touching and not only r
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Karen & Gerard
A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron is a must read for animal lovers. It is told very well by a dog. It is funny, sad, and very touching. What it isn't is boring, and that's a good thing! I loved this book from page 1 and it only grew as I read it! The ending left me with tears and a smile! I loved both books I read by this author, the other being A Dog's Purpose.
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Karen's review 6/5/12:
A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron is about the dedication of a dog to its owner. This story f
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Rebecca Holland
W.Bruce Cameron, known mostly for being a columnist, has done it again with his recently published, “A Dog’s Journey” (Tor-Forge Publishing, Hardcover, 0-7653-3054-9). Done what you ask? Stolen hearts, taught life-impacting lessons, and done it through the eyes, thoughts of a dog.

The sequel to his bestselling novel, ” A Dog’s Purpose,” “A Dog’s Journey,” is destined to capture even the hardest of hearts, the one who doesn’t care for dogs. So many dog books, so many sequels just aren’t worth read
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Leah K
A Dog's Journey: Another Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ + ♥

I read A Dog's Purpose (a story shown through a dogs point of view on his many reincarnations, trying to find his purpose) last year and it became a favorite. So when I found out that there was a sequel coming out this year, I could barely hide my excitement. This is also the author who wrote Eight Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter.

This second installment begins a few years after the end of the first book. Buddy
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Amanda
“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.”

Dog lovers rejoice! We have another very special novel on our hands. And by special, I am of course referring to the wonderful sentimentality and humour with which Cameron tells the story -- from the dog's perspective.

The novel starts soon after we last met Buddy in Cameron's A Dog's Purpose: with Buddy missing his recently deceased person, Ethan. He is certain that he has finally, after many reincarnations in the previous
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Keru Faye
I loved the first book in this series, but this one kind of fell flat for me. I had to give it a day to get together my list on exactly why I feel that way. So here we go:

Let's start with the positives first:

-It was a quick, easy read. I got it on Christmas Eve and I finished it on Christmas morning. That's really rare for me.

-The author has certainly done his research because the narrator sounds like a dog versus a human trying to imitate a dog.

-I have to admit that the ending had me getting a
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Jen
I have a deep love for "Buddy," the dog reborn repeatedly in A Dog's Purpose and again in A Dog's Journey (and so I also love author W. Bruce Cameron). Reading two books from the perspective of such a "good dog" is a joy that had me alternately laughing and bawling. It also made me feel even more love for my own good dog, Rio (and terror that he will die before I will). A must for dog lovers!

"I've seen cats outside and they don't walk with people; they mostly just walk with themselves. Nearly al
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Sally Monaghan
Oct 22, 2012 Sally Monaghan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
Recommended to Sally by: Teddy Monaghan
The sequel to A Dog's Purpose. I thoroughly enjoyed this rather easy read. I love the author's take on what our four legged family members are thinking and how seriously they take their job of providing love and comfort to their humans. The book was very similar to A Dog's Purpose in terms of the emotional roller coaster of love and loss, but it added additional perspective. It also gave additional information on the practical uses of dogs amazing abilities, such as therapy dogs and dogs that de ...more
Liz
Bruce Cameron has done it again - with A Dog's Journey. For all who loved A Dog's Purpose, you will also fall in love with his new book. And for all who have not read A Dog's Purpose, pick up both books - join the rest of us who have laughed and cried, and in the end, looked at their four-legged children in a different way. (and for a slight change of pace - try Emory's Gift). A Dog's Journey A Dog's Purpose Emory's Gift
Marilyn Fontane
Apr 11, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sentimental dog lovers
Recommended to Marilyn by: previous novel--A Dog's Purpose
Shelves: contemporary
A Dog's Journey continues the trip started in A Dog's Purpose. I had enjoyed Purpose, and so thought Journey might be as good. I was surprised to find the same dog as narrator--I thought he had found his purpose, but it continues. A dog, I hate to call him by name, since it changes so much, is reincarnated over and over. These reincarnations allow W.Bruce Cameron to give us a lot to ponder about the way pets are treated in society. He can show us the cruelty they endure in one life and the heroi ...more
Rebecca Scaglione
Break out the tissues again, dog lovers! A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron was such a good book! This sequel to the amazing A Dog’s Purpose, was just as good as the first!

Both of these books provide an inside view of a dog’s brain, with funny tidbits of the dog trying to rationalize the things humans do.

For instance. . .

Why do people have this “obsession” with picking up dog waste if we’re only going to throw it into a can, and not even take it with us on a walk?
When an owner is named Annie, t
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
What I love about this book is that it's not just a story about a dog, but it's also a coming-of-age story about a girl coping with a troubled life.

A Dog's Journey is a direct sequel to the book A Dog's Purpose, in which we follow the different incarnations of a dog as he is reborn each time. Living his lives as Tobey, Bailey, Ellie and Buddy, he discovers his main mission: to love and look after his boy Ethan as he grows up.

At the end of a Dog's Purpose, Ethan passes away as an old man after l
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Cindy
So in grade 5, I had to read Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (which I hated by the way – but it’s a classic, so maybe I’ll re-read it some day) and one of the assignments was to write the story from the viewpoint of one of the characters. I chose the dog, Rufus. There is obviously no comparison; A Dog’s Journey, is about 10,000x better than the slop I wrote when I was 10. And while not *that* original a concept, it’s well done. It follows the same dog albeit in different reincarnations as ...more
Kati Beadle
I read A DOG'S JOURNEY by W. Bruce Cameron. His 1st book was A DOG'S PURPOSE and it is my most favorite book ever. Before reading this you must read the review for A DOG'S PURPOSE. This book was a great sequel to the 1st book A DOG'S PURPOSE. It was suprising to know that there was another book based on how well he ended his last one but I guess you never know, but I was very thrilled to know there was EVEN MORE to my favorite book ever! So this is how it goes. It started out while he was still ...more
Morgan
This book is just as good as the first one; if not better. The ending is a definite tear jerker and there's a lot of humor in it being told in a dog's POV which makes it better then an usual average book. The only real sad part is that its over, but hopefully W. Bruce Cameron will keep writing books like these.

It basically begins were the first one left off and then he dies as Buddy so that he can become 'Molly' in his next life to now take care of CJ. CJ's mother isn't the best and she's a tro
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Deb
Jun 27, 2012 Deb rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This is the second book of A Dog's Purpose, which follows the multiple lives of one dog with this particular family. The dog goes through multiple lives female/male, small/big, and manages by "fate" to be reconnected with his persons.

The first book was rather enjoyable and this one had many of the same elements. Although I do enjoy reading from a dog's perspective and their confusion, I found my self getting bored at one point because it was becoming rote. However, when Cameron introduced a life
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PennsyLady
5* favorite

I'm nostalgic about dog stories and the cover drew me in.
The journey is a fulfillment of Buddy's purpose...because "all dogs have a purpose"
and "everyone needs a dog of his own"

As the story begins, his master Ethan has died and his purpose of guarding "his boy" is fulfilled.
Enter his grand daughter, Clarity June.
He knows instinctively that the toddler is "his girl" and her protection is his purpose.
But Clarity (later called CJ) is taken away by a negligent mother and Buddy dies.

Buddy
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Carina
One word. Amazing. Just like the first, I still can't understand how the author can write it from a dog's perspective so well! It's really beautifully written, but I didn't find it as sad as the first one, except for the end. The end was beautifully sad, but it had a good meaning. Gloria stuns me with her rudeness and not caring for her daughter. In the beginning she was all overprotective and "BUDDY! YOU ALMOST DROWNED MY DAUGHTER YOU EVIL DOG!!!" but now she couldn't have cared less if Clarity ...more
Tiffany
Being a dog lover, I was intrigued by the cover of A Dog's Journey. Upon reading the book jacket, I decided to pick it up at the bookstore. I'm so glad I did! Although I have not read the first novel in this series, A Dog's Purpose, it didn't matter. This book stands well on its own! A Dog's Journey is written from the perspective of the main character in the book, a dog. I love how the dog protects his various owners in different capacities through its life. There are so many characteristics of ...more
Christine
I didn't think this book could be as good as A Dog's Purpose but I was wrong. This was a heartwarming/heartbreaking story told from a dog's perspective as he continue to be reincarnated as different dogs with the purpose of being with, loving, and protecting his person CJ. I really got involved in CJ's story. She was such a goood person and didn't realize it and had love in front of her all along and didn't realize it either! Her mother Gloria was the perfect character to dislike all the way to ...more
Cait Hawley
I absolutely loved "A Dog's Purpose" and I knew it would be hard to top. "Journey" seemed a little more on the melodramatic side, and while those parts weren't my favorite, Cameron did a great job of making the voice of the dog consistent from the first book into the second. I'd recommend it, but while "Purpose" was a definite re-read, "Journey" might sit on the shelf for a good while.
Wendy
After reading three of his books that have sufficiently cleaned out my tear ducts, I have decided that W. Bruce Cameron's special talent in life is making people cry. This one is just as beautiful as the first one (A Dog's Purpose), and you'll need a box of tissues handy for both.
Martha
This was a worthy follow up to A Dog’s Purpose - continuing Bailey’s lives and lessons as a dog who is reincarnated and knows s/he has a specific purpose for being born again. Many tender moments as the dog strives to serve his master, and lots of funny dog brain chatter.
Elise
"A Dog's Journey" is Bruce Cameron's sequel to "A Dog's Purpose," and what an amazingly satisfying journey it was! I read this one with my 9 year old daughter--a chapter or two or three--every night at bed time. Cameron clearly understands how to write an arresting page turner, as there was a hook at the end of almost every chapter, so I would hear the nightly refrain of "Please, Mom, one more chapter, pretty please!" And almost every time, I gave in. Be warned, though, that if you are going to ...more
Lori
I am now glad (from others' comments about repetitiveness in this book) that the opportunity arose for me to read A DOG'S JOURNEY first (before its prequel A DOG'S PURPOSE). I am emotionally fragile when it comes to dogs and the welfare of dogs; especially after adopting the second dog in our marriage before my husband passed away completely unexpectedly. Prior to adopting our first dog in late 2001 and talking him into adopting a dog since I had owned dog's most of my life -- he wasn't yet "a d ...more
Juliet
I loved the first book A Dog's Purpose and was thrilled to find out that there is a sequel to it.

The book started with the same funny and loving Buddy but it quickly went downhill when it became flooded with the dramatic Clarity June (CJ) in her rebellious teens age and at about half of the book, I was starting to get a little tired of the idea of the dog being reborn again and again. It's like repeating the same story from Book 1 but with just one owner instead of various.

CJ is definitely not
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