After I finished reading this book, all I wanted to do was drive home and give my own dogs a huge treat and all the love I could.
This was a heartwarming book that made me laugh and cry. As a person who loves her dogs more like little people than actual dogs, I simply loved reading about life through a dog’s eyes and his search to find his purpose. Why was he put on this earth and what can he learn each time his soul is brought back?
I fell in love with the dog a little bit more through each of his lives, completely immersed in the story he was telling. This wasn’t like The Art of Racing in the Rain where the dog understands words and concepts completely. Instead, this dog knows simple words, but builds the view of the world through actions and his own feelings. He trusts his dog instincts and uses those to guide his life. He’s more like how I envision a dog thinking about everything going on around him.
There were several times when I started to cry reading, so I suggest having a box of tissues near you as you read. It’s happy and sad tears, but it’s all worth it to read this stunning book.
I wish I was able to write more about how this book made me feel, but I can’t think of any words that adequately describe the feelings. If you are a dog lover, you must read this book. It will make you love your dog even more than you thought possibly.
Right now I am reading The Art of Racing in the Rain. It was a little jarring for me how verbose a vocabulary that dog has. I like the book, but the voice just doesn’t feel like a real dog to me. I am taking the book from a more surreal angle and so far that’s been the easiest way for me to take it.
I once read a short story from the point of view of a dog that I liked (it was also sad though). It is called After I Was Thrown Into the River and Before I Drowned by Dave Eggers. It’s not *quite* as massively depressing as it sounds though.
I haven’t read this book and I didn’t even know W. Bruce Cameron wrote a dog book! I have read 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter though and I liked it a lot so I might give this one a try. I am usually wary of dog books because of how sad they are but I’m glad you liked it.