A Dog's Journey; W. Bruce Cameron
Macmillian Audio - 2012
A Dog's Journey is the sequel to W. Bruce Cameron’s, A Dog’s Purpose which I listened to and enjoyed several years ago. In this story, which picks up where the other left off after Ethan, Buddy’s former owner, had passed away. Buddy thought his life was over as well, but he learns that he still has a purpose, and he lives again as companion and protector to Clarity who just happens to be his former master’s granddaughter, who he knew as a baby in his previous life.
Buddy, now known as Molly, is with Clarity through some difficult times. Clarity’s mother is not your ideal mother. She is very critical of all that her daughter does and the poor girl has no self-confidence or self-esteem. She has a friend who cares deeply about her, yet she latches on to a bad seed who spells trouble, with school suspensions and run-ins with the police. Meanwhile, Clarity’s witchy mother ignores the poor dog, leaves it in the basement and doesn’t even bother to feed it for days, while her daughter is away. Molly, on the other hand, while extremely hungry can only think about where “his girl” Clarity is and worries about who is watching out for her. The story follows Clarity through some difficult times with her faithful dog's everlasting love there to support her.
I like stories with dogs as narrators, and this one was particularly funny, honest and insightful. Without going into all of the little details of the story, I’ll just say that even though there are sad parts, and a few slow parts as well, A Dog’s Journey, is ultimately a “feel good” story that demonstrates how kind and loyal dogs are to those they love, and just what unconditional love is all about. I think us humans could surely learn a thing of two about humanity if we saw other people in the way our beloved pets see us.
The audio book was read by George K. Wilson who did a fine job.
(library audio book)