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!

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Comment by Carly Roberts on May 29, 2013 at 12:29pm

This is such a cute blog post...love the pictures! I can relate to desperately wanting a dog but I've always been skeptical about books centered around animals. This one seems pretty cool though thanks for the post!

Comment by Sam Yim on May 29, 2013 at 4:25pm

Nice blog Bianca! The book sounds touching and adorable. I think authors and readers alike have become so obsessed lately with writing cool young adult fiction. It'd be nice to get a break from it all and read a book from a dog's point of view.

Comment by Nicole Degla on May 29, 2013 at 10:33pm

I absolutley loved reading A Dogs Purpose, it is easily one of my favorite books of all time! It was so cute and it actually made me see my dog in a new way. I'm definitely reading A Dogs Journey over the summer! Great blog post!

Comment by Gina Pfister on May 30, 2013 at 10:28am

I loved A Dog's Purpose so much!  It was adorable and heartwarming and fun to read from the dog's point of view.  It really goes to show what an impact dogs have on humans.  I was so happy at the end when Buddy finally found his purpose because it was a really good ending, but I would love to read A Dog's Journey and see Buddy help even more people.  Good blog post!

Comment by Patrick Klimek on May 30, 2013 at 11:30am

Nice blog post! You seem like a nice girl and I really like your blog post. Honestly I don't think im gonna read this book just because I've never read the first one. Your blog is emotionally attaching and it speaks to the heart, I hope you get a dog someday. Thanks for the cool post!

Comment by Rebecca Beale on May 30, 2013 at 4:09pm

Your introduction was awesome! It really drew me in. I absolutely can not read books about dogs because they make me sad. I cant bear to imagine a dog in pain and the fact that Buddy develops cancer would really get to me. I'm positive that I would cry. I am very emotionally attached to dogs! Maybe I'll give this book a try anyway. Excellent post!

Comment by Sarah Burger on May 30, 2013 at 4:26pm

I absolutely love dogs so I think this book would be great for me! It sounds like a really heart-warming and adorable story and I will definitely have to check it out over the summer. Great blog post!

Comment by Kate Vanek on May 30, 2013 at 5:45pm

Good blog post! I've always wanted a dog too, but I've never gotten one. These books sound really good and interesting. It's cool how they are from a dog's perspective! I think I'll have to read these over the summer!

Comment by Bianca Reyes on May 30, 2013 at 6:55pm

Carly,

You're welcome! When I first heard that its from the perspective of a dog I was a little skeptical too. But it really is worth it! Thanks for your comment!

Samuel,

I couldn't agree more with that! Its good that they're spicing it up! Haha

Comment by Robert Giagnorio on May 30, 2013 at 7:01pm

A book through the persepective of a dog? That's something new! I think it would be interesting to see the authors interpretation of what he imagines is going through the mind of a dog. Nice blog Bongos.

 

P.S. You have not followed me back on twitter yet. Seriously Bianca, it's been a few hours since I followed you and you still have yet to return the favor.

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