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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
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Feb 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-book, dogs
Read in February, 2011

W. Bruce Cameron's novel A Dog's Purpose follows the lives of one dog as it tries to understand the purpose of its being. As readers we circle back to the meaning of Bailey's life whose sole purpose was to unequivocally love and protect his boy. Each life gave the dog a lesson that followed him into the next life which ultimately brings him back to the fulfillment of his purpose.

How wonderful to think that we might share different stages of our life with an animal that has become bonded to us by love. I recall at 45 the moment I picked Max up as a puppy, I loved him. It surprised me as I always saw myself as a cat owner. It wasn't until years later when I found an old picture of myself at 3 with Poochie that I thought how much these two dogs are alike.

Cameron's novel brings home a lesson to all of us. Every living creature, great and small, should be treated with grace.

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