michael levinson asked:
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(view spoiler)[The ending is driving me crazy. Waiting for that moment when Ethan would realize (or at least suspect) that Buddy was actually Bailey. The flip, a drowning kid? Not even so much realize as consider. His recognition seems more like dementia. He says Bailey, who then immediately grabs the flip. There's no reason that he would just suddenly realize with nothing to trigger the connection. Anyone who could shed some light? (hide spoiler)]
Susan Parker It has been a few years since I read this beloved book, I do so remember the ups and downs of the "roller coaster" ride of emotions (and I do tend to be very sensitive, so you can't totally go by me) it took me through, as a died-in-the-wool "dog person", I remember the ending and I like to think of it as just some kind of "unsolved mystery" of how love can transcend even our greatest imagination. Who wouldn't want to discover that their beloved companion is in some way, still with them? I know even as a mature woman, I feel in some special way I do "connect" with my dogs who have gone before, and it gives me moments of great joy, as well as longing. I think that perhaps Mr. Cameron is trying to demonstrate that no matter how horrible life is, tribulations can be transcended. Not so much with a "religious-type" hope, but more of a longing of the heart. That's how strong the human-dog relationship is!