Book Bingeing: “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron

Book Bingeing
Tigard Public Library.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

A friend recommended this book to me years ago–strongly recommended. “You are going to love this book,” she said.” It’s about a dog who is reincarnated over and over again. You won’t be able to put it down”. Now, there is no way that a story about dog reincarnation is remotely up my alley. It sounded like a joke. Nevertheless, I eventually gave in to the pressure and reluctantly began reading her copy.

Yes, this story is about a dog who is reborn repeatedly. It is told exclusively from the dog’s own perspective. Each time he (or she!) is born and lives a new, unique life, while retaining the memories and understandings from his previous dog lives. His lives are varied and challenging: as a stray, as a search and rescue dog, as a child’s companion–just to name a few. The thread that ties all these lives together is the developing realization of his purpose, the role he is meant to play in the lives of the humans whose lives intersect with his.

My friend was right. I could not put this book down once I started reading it,, and many people witnessed me sobbing my way through this. It is a tear-jerker, so bring the tissue! However, it’s an easy, quick read and so worth it.