Book Review – A Dog’s Purpose/Journey

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I love to read!


I’m an avid reader. Have been since I was a kid. My mom used to work at the local public library and would bring me home a stack of books every week. I could read before I started kindergarten and was once clocked at 350 wpm in high school.

I always have to have something to read. I probably average 2-3 books/month (and that’s only reading for 1/2 hour on my lunch hour). I finally had to switch to e-books because I was running out of room on my bookshelves.

Reading is how I learned to write books. I never went to college or studied literature but all the books I’ve read have taken me on wonderful journeys through time, space, lands and realms. It’s the best and cheapest way to take a vacation from reality and can be more immersive than a movie.

I just finished reading both of the two books above and I can tell you I was a weepy mess at the end of each of them especially at the end of A Dog’s Journey. The ending was absolutely perfect – that’s all I’m going to tell you. I was weeping so hard my office mates became genuinely concerned for my welfare.

A good book will not only transport you into its world but will put you into the shoes (or paws in this case) of the main characters so that you will experience all the joys, horrors, triumphs and failures that they do as the story unfolds. It is a really good book that will make you laugh aloud and/or dissolve you into a quivering mass of weeping jello and these two did both.

Here is the synopsis:

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose 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 moving and beautifully crafted 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.

Cameron humorously captures a dog’s constant preoccupation with food and skillfully weaves in entire human dialogue without ever violating the fact that his dog has a limited vocabulary of “treat”, “food”, “ride” “walk”, etc. His dog also places a great deal of worth on being a “front seat” dog while on car trips. Although his dog cannot understand entire human language he deftly explains how they sense your feelings, moods and even the darkness of some souls with whom they interact. Above all things his dog loves and is fiercely determine to protect and watch over their human charges. ┬áIsn’t that what we find most compelling about the dogs in our lives? Their unconditional love, devotion and acceptance? If you are a dog lover (or even if you aren’t) you can’t help but be charmed by these books and the characters in them. It will also give you a new perspective and insight into the dog(s) in your life.

My rescued fur baby, Buddy (part Dachshund/part Corgi so he is a Daugi) get it?


Definitely have some Kleenex handy and don’t be wearing any mascara.

I bought these books for my own personal reading pleasure.

You can get the book here

One Response

  1. I did not read the books I saw the movie and let me tell you, Wow, I cried. Great post Marlayne.

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