For those of you who may know me on a personal level, you know that I love dogs. And that’s no exaggeration. Growing up as a child, I begged and whined for years for a puppy of my own and it wasn’t until I was ten that my wish was granted. But as it turned out, my oldest sister is deadly allergic, so gone was that puppy. Then, as I longed and waited for my sister to leave off to college, my family discovered that my nine year old sister is also allergic. They really weren’t joking when they said the middle kid has it bad. But that didn’t stop me from living through my friends and finding any excuse I could to be around those fur balls! My mother came back from one of her frequent business trips and like always, brought us home each a gift. And that was when I fell in love with A Dog’s Journey by Bruce Cameron.
In the beginning of May, I began reading Looking for Alaska to follow up after reading the fabulous The Fault in Our Stars. But with a gift like A Dog’s Journey, how could I not start reading it? Just look at the cover! This book is a sequel to A Dog’s Purpose. In the eighth grade it was mandatory to read A Dog’s Purpose for one of my classes and I guess you can say that’s when it all started. It was about a puppy that was constantly being reborn into new families after passing with the old ones. He believes that once he finds his purpose, he will no longer need to be reborn. In the end, he grows old with his owner Ethan, as a golden retriever named Buddy. Buddy is content because he has fulfilled his purpose of making Ethan happy up until his death. But of course, A Dog’s Journey picks up right where A Dog’s Purpose leaves off. Buddy is living with Hannah, Ethan’s wife, and their daughter-in-law, Gloria, and her child Clarity. Buddy acts like a protector for Clarity because, of course, it is what Ethan would have wanted. As the pages go on, Buddy develops cancer and as Hannah struggles to let go, Buddy has no worries. He is certain that he’s made his boy happy and proud. Little did he know, he hasn’t seen the last of Clarity just yet.
Now don’t let the similar titles get you frazzled. This book is simply magnificent and can stand on its own. Although, I strongly recommend you read A Dog’s Purpose because it is just too good to pass up. This book had the power to make me laugh and cry all in one chapter. Since this book is written from the point of view of a dog, it’s hard to contain a chuckle here and there. Cameron writes, “I didn’t understand anything she was saying, but the feeling flowing off of her was as if she felt like a bad dog.” This sentence can perfectly sum up the book. Of course, dogs are not mind readers, but they can pick up on emotions and try their best to decode them. It’s definitely something new and interesting to read a book from this point of view, but it did not disappoint. In my entire reading career, I’ve never read a book so quickly.
As the year winds down, it is crazy thinking that this will be my last book blog post of the year. But I’m more than happy that I wrote it on this book. It’s not often that I re-read books, but in this case, I might just do it over the summer. I love everything about these books. So Bruce Cameron, if you are out there somewhere reading this, please write another book! And to my readers: if you read either of these books, what do you think of them? Did you find them as humorous as I did? Have you ever wanted something that you know you can never have? Comment anything your heart desires below!