Title: A Dog’s Journey
Series: A Dog’s Purpose, #2
Author: W. Bruce Cameron
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Family, Love, Dogs, Animals, Reincarnation, Loyalty, Purpose, Hope
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Forge Books
Buddy wants nothing more than to take care of people. Ethan is now gone, but there is baby Clarity that his heart longs for.
When he is reborn, Buddy reconnects with Clarity, but she is now a teenager who is having several issues that she is dealing with. Will Buddy be able to take care and provide comfort for his girl, even if they become separated more than once?
Due to really enjoying A Dog’s Purpose, I was excited to dive into the second book in A Dog’s Purpose series. The idea of one dog that keeps coming back as a new puppy to fulfill his purpose in life is very sweet.
The protagonist, Buddy, is a loving, sweet, and loyal dog. His simplicity of wanting to make his humans/people happy and take care of them just reminds me of how wonderful dogs are. Though I do love my own dog to pieces, reading about Buddy just enhances my love for her. True to a dog’s nature, Buddy does not judge human decisions, he doesn’t hold anything against anyone, and is always willing to believe the best in people when they begin to show a potentially caring side. Though sometimes this blind love does get him in some undesirable situations, it just makes me appreciate how wonderful all dogs are. If a dog is aggressive and untrustworthy, it’s humans that cause that, not the dogs themselves.
A Dog’s Journey was a simple and quick read as the plot was simple enough to follow. Though I enjoyed that Buddy wants to take care of Clarity, I will say the constant battle between Clarity (CJ) and her mom was tiresome to read. For most of the book, there is a constant back-and-forth between the two characters that it became too much for me to read. Though there is a bit of development toward the end of the book, it still was draining to read how much of a poor mother CJ’s mom was throughout the entire book, even when her own daughter was hurting and sick.
Despite that, I did enjoy reading A Dog’s Journey and can see myself reading other books by W. Bruce Cameron.
I would recommend this book to those who love dogs and would like to read about their loyalty to people.