Dogs are man’s best friend and a favorite in books and film! Asta from the “Thin Man” series, Toto from “The Wizard of Oz”, Lassie, Snoopy from “Peanuts”, Rin Tin Tin, Old Yeller, Otis of “Milo & Otis”, Scooby-Doo, Benji, Astro from “The Jetsons”, Beethoven, Chet from the “Chet and Bernie” mystery series, Marley from “Marley and Me”, Enzo from “Art of Racing in the Rain”, etc.
Which brings us to a new favorite, Bailey from “A Dog’s Purpose” written by bestselling author Bruce Cameron. The critical acclaim and reviews have been fantastic!
Pulitzer Prize-winning Alice Walker (author of “The Color Purple”) has said it is “an amazing book”.
So, what is it that makes this story so great?
“A Dog’s Purpose” takes us on a different tack. We often think of cats having nine lives, but what if our canine companions had a similar quality? In this story, we follow the life of a dog, Bailey, from a first-person (or is it “first-dog”?) perspective as he experiences different lives, being reborn into a different breed, sometimes a different gender, while retaining some of the memories of its former lives. In these various experiences, we get to experience what the dog experiences: the joys, the excitements, the fears, and the longings… all while only seeking one thing—the love of human companionship. Gosh! That’s all of us!
“A Dog’s Purpose” appeals to a wide range of ages and therefore has been a very popular book. Lucky for all of us, it leads right into its bestselling sequel, “A Dogs Journey”.
For dog lovers, it is a must-read. For those looking for a heart-felt tear-jerker, this is for you!
Bonus! We also get to see Bailey on screen! The movie releases today! So get your book now!
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners