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A Dog's Journey (A Dog's Purpose #2)

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  14,947 Ratings  ·  2,131 Reviews
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
Published May 8th 2012 by Macmillan Audio
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Melanie I read this to my three kids who are 10, 8 & 5 and they all enjoyed it. My 5 year old got upset a couple of times through the book but I don't…moreI read this to my three kids who are 10, 8 & 5 and they all enjoyed it. My 5 year old got upset a couple of times through the book but I don't believe that the themes aren't suitable for kids, its just discussing things that happen in life & I'm so glad that I read it to my kids, its a beautiful story. (less)
Nancy Geary I do believe that there are children's versions available? I think the 1st book is better for a 10 year old, but I would read it first & be…moreI do believe that there are children's versions available? I think the 1st book is better for a 10 year old, but I would read it first & be prepared for discussions about *literally* life and death...(less)
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Mary Lou
Jul 04, 2012 Mary Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jul 20, 2012 Nik Markevicius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
W. Cameron
May 13, 2012 W. Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
When I was a child, I read Old Yeller and absolutely loved it--right up to the moment when they KILL OLD YELLER.

I am willingly spoiling the plot, the same way I would yell DON'T DRINK THE POISON at somebody. Why read a book where you fall in love with the dog and then, in the end, the dog dies?

I wrote A Dog's Purpose as a love poem to the relationship between people and their pets. And, since true love never dies, and no truer love comes from a source more treasured than the heart of a dog, I g
Jun 04, 2016 A.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't read dog books because I can't handle the crying, but a few weeks ago I had to put my beloved 16 year old Shih Tzu to sleep and I was really struggling with my decision and my loss. Some random person I had to call at a call center told me about it and I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! It helped me a lot to realize I made the correct choice and was very healing for me. Especially because I got my dog as a suicidal teen and having her to love and love me back saved my ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-books
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
Jul 01, 2012 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2017 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It amuses me to read a book narrated by a dog:

"I knew we were supposed to bark because CJ was always angry when someone knocked, 'Hey! Stop! Quiet! Enough!' she would yell. I didn't understand the words, but the meaning was clear: she was upset with the knocking and we should keep barking."

A Dog's Journey picks up the storyline from A Dog's Purpose with the next generation in Ethan's family. I liked book one more than this second installment but this one was still very enjoyable for me to read.
Sep 23, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad the author decided to write a second book! I can't even decide which book I liked better! These books are so amazing and flawless. The love of a dog (and cat!) is so pure and unconditional and this is perfectly expressed throughout both of these stories.
Jun 30, 2013 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
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
Leah K
Jun 03, 2012 Leah K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Dog's Journey: Another Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

★ ★ ★ ★ + ♥

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,
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
Rebecca Holland
Jun 06, 2012 Rebecca Holland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
(Gerard's review)

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
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
May 25, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uber-books, dogs
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
Sally Monaghan
Oct 22, 2012 Sally Monaghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2012 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous, novels, pets, family
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.
Kati Beadle
Sep 28, 2012 Kati Beadle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 23, 2017 Jesica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.

One star less from the previous book, A Dog's Purpose. It doesn’t mean that this book isn’t as good as the first, though.. the story is great and the plot more intriguing. It’s just because it’s the same dog, reborn again. The dog had been reborn three times already in the first book, for goodness sake! Some would think it’s more than enough. So I had been struggling with this book at the beginning with it’s repetitions on The
Mary (BookHounds)

Continuing Buddy's story from A Dog's Purpose, we meet him again near the end of his current life where he meets Clarity, Ethan's granddaughter. As his last act of selflessness, he saves the toddler from certain death when she falls into the pond, where her mother, Gloria, is sunbathing nearby. Of course, she blames Buddy for pushing Clarity in the water. So when Buddy is reincarnated as Molly, her finds a new life's purpose in guarding her. Gloria is, in my opinion, one of th
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
PennsyLady (Bev)
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.

Jul 07, 2012 Carina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Popy Tobing
Sep 04, 2016 Popy Tobing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how the book POV is seen from the dog's eyes which is possible of that is actually how your dog lives. Such an amazing journey dogs have, how to be with their human life after life. How to know the smell of their human. I just love this book even it makes me cry couple of chapters. A dog lover or not must read this book.
Jul 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Mar 08, 2017 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.❣ It made me get to thinking about what my dog could be thinking. This book was a very heartwarming book
Elizabeth Kennedy
Jun 09, 2017 Elizabeth Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have a strange confession to make.

I marked this book as one I'd read in 2015, because that is, in fact, when I first picked it up and read the first three chapters, through page 35.

But my decision to start reading it when I initially did so was ill-timed: it was mid-August 2015 and I was knee-deep in the awfulness of family law litigation, mired in abnormally woeful child support and custody proceedings. (No one's family law proceedings are ever a cakewalk, but mine were especially bad.)

I h
Marilyn Fontane
Apr 11, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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I’ve always loved dogs, which puts me in a unique category along with what, maybe two or three billion people?

What’s not to love about an animal who will sit in your living room all day long, waiting for you to get home, and even if you need to work late and then stop for a stress-relieving beverage on your way home, when you unlock that front door, is absolutely overjoyed to see you? How could yo
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