A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose

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This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
Publisher: New York, NY : Forge ; Godalming : Melia [distributor], 2010
ISBN: 9780765326263
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 22 cm
Call Number: CAMERON, W


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DCLbookclubs Oct 24, 2016

The book club will discuss this title on September 3, 2020. Book Club Express Kit copies are available to borrow. For Zoom meeting log in information email Susan at least a day ahead at sgoldman@dclibraries.org.

A dog's love and dedication crosses over into many lives.

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bibliosara Aug 13, 2019

(Adult Fiction) Cameron imagines the purpose of life from a dog's perspective in this moving tale of a dog searching for purpose throughout his multiple lives. (This novel has been made into a movie, too!)

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DCLadults Mar 17, 2017

The remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. An emotional and hilarious account of the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend.

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DCLadults May 14, 2018

This tale of the truly undying loyalty of dogs would speak to Nana's own loyalty to her charges.

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Jun 07, 2020

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is a touching, charming, wonderfully written book with a heartwarming plot. This book follows the story of Bailey the dog, through the course of several lives, while he tries to find out what his purpose on this earth is. Written from a dog’s perspective, Bailey experiences many different owners and experiences on his journey too figure out his purpose. The story is touching and provides an accurate window into a dog’s head. This book is touching, being narrated by the charming Bailey, who is a wonderful mixture of love, humor, and loyalty. The book is also wonderfully written, simple to understand yet charming and captivating. The plot is simple, about a boy and his dog, but deals with a deeper question that we all seek to answer, what is our purpose? If you like heartwarming stories, thought-provoking ideas, or have ever met a dog, this book it a must-read.

Mar 23, 2020

A Dog’s Purpose is a classic best-seller for any dog lover! It is an emotional, inspiring, suspenseful, joyous and fabulous story ready to touch every person who reads it! A Dog’s Purpose is the tale of a golden retriever named Bailey and his journey throughout different lives and reincarnation. He lives with many families, from a well-loved home with a boy named Ethan, all the way to an abandoned dog. Whether or not Bailey is in the perfect home, he always succeeded to put a grin on my face throughout the entire book! I recommend this to anyone, whether or not you are a huge animal lover. Follow this emotional story of how one dog searches for his purpose! It is sure to satisfy and it will make you glad you purchased it!
@Doglover7 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I feel that A Dog’s Purpose by Cameron W. Bruce was an enjoyable book overall. While many parts were sad or depressing, it kept me reading. I had to read this book as an independent reading assignment for my english class so I’m really glad I chose it. In this story, a boy convinces his parents to let him keep a puppy, Buddy, which they take some time to think about. I can say that there were some pretty interesting parts that made me want to keep reading even more. For example, my favourite part has to be when Buddy is a german shepherd, Ellie, and she is a very good police dog. Also, if you’re someone that doesn’t necessarily like stories pretty much going all over the place, plot wise, I wouldn’t recommend this for you. While it isn’t that difficult to read, it can be slightly confusing at times. In my opinion A Dog’s Purpose was written to show us that you cannot determine your path by what happens right now, it’s what you do that counts. You can find your purpose as time progresses and you will have people in your life that support you in every way. Lastly, I would rate this a 4.5/5 stars.
@TheBookNerd1 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jul 22, 2019

i actually bought this book from indigo. it is really amazing. this story wil touch your soul.

Apr 28, 2019

This is one of the best books I have EVER read!! Amazing read from the first page to the last. At some points you laugh out loud and some points makes you cry. At any age you can enjoy this book, but you would have to be about 12 to understand fully everything that it's talking about, but really good for any age. I couldn't put this book down! I love this book and I am sure that you will too. Read this book!!!

Feb 16, 2019

No five stars for the greatest fiction book ever written but I enjoyed the book the entire time. I laughed, I cried, I thought a lot about my precious dog. If you've ever known a "good dog" this book is for you!

IndyPL_KristiS Jan 30, 2019

An emotional story of one dog, Bailey, and his unyielding everlasting connection to his boy, Ethan, and what it means to 'be a good dog'; Sweet, Touching and Endearing throughout.

Aug 06, 2018

The movie of the same name was based upon this book. Although the movie strays a bit from the source material anyone who has seen the film will love this book and will not be able to put it down without tears in the their eyes.

This is one of those books that really brings out your emotions. Joy, hope, anger, sadness. Mr. Cameron is masterful in his prose, and knows just how to tug on your strings without making the story horrible or saccharine. Well done.

Feb 20, 2018

I absolutely LOVED this book. I laughed and I cried. I did not want to put it down, read cover to cover in one day. This book had me sitting and looking at my puppy wondering what she was thinking when she looked at me. Definitely recommend.

Dec 01, 2017

A cute and heartbreaking story. I was crying when I finished it!

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Aug 21, 2017

"Bailey, Bailey, Bailey, I'm going to miss you , doodle dog," Ethan whispered in my ear. His breath was warm and delightful. I closed my eyes at the sheer pleasure of it, the sheer pleasure of love from the boy, love by the boy."


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