Synopses & Reviews
The Sanctuary. High up on the mountain, the Sanctuary is a place of refuge. It is a place where humans save dogs, who, in turn, save the humans. It is a place where the past does not exist, where hopelessness is chased away, where the future hasnand#8217;t been written, where orphans and strays can begin to imagine a new meaning for and#8220;family.and#8221;
Evie is making her way to the Sanctuary. She has lied to gain entry. She has pretended to know more than she does about dogs, but she is learning fast. Once the indomitable Mrs. Auberchon lets her pass, she will find her way. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns to his job as the Sanctuaryand#8217;s butler every time heand#8217;s adopted, and the Rottweiler whoand#8217;s a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie comes from a troubled past. But as they all learn, no one should stay prisoner to a life she didnand#8217;t choose.
This is the story of two women and a whole pack of dogs who, having lost their way in the world, find a place at a training schooland#8212;and radical rescue centerand#8212;called the Sanctuary. It is a story of strays and rescues, kidnappings and homecomings, moving on and holding on and letting go. And it is, ultimately, a moving and hilarious chronicle of the ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves, and new hope.
"A tail-wagging three hanky boo-hooer, this delightful fiction debut by newspaper columnist Cameron (8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter) proposes that a dog's purpose might entail being reborn several times. Told in a touching, doggy first-person, this unabashedly sentimental tale introduces Toby, who's rescued by a woman without a license for her rescue operation, so, sadly, Toby ends up euthanized. He's reborn in a puppy mill and after almost dying while left in a hot car, he's saved again by a woman, and he becomes Bailey, a beloved golden retriever, who finds happiness and many adventures. His next intense incarnation is as Ellie, a female German shepherd, a heroic search and rescue dog. But the true purpose of this dog's life doesn't become totally clear until his reincarnation as Buddy, a black Lab. A book for all age groups who admire canine courage, Cameron also successfully captures the essence of a dog's amazing capacity to love and protect. And happily, unlike Marley, this dog stays around for the long haul. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried."--Temple Grandin, New York Times
bestselling author of Animals in Translation
"Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie."--Kirkus Reviews
"A Dog's Purpose is the most accurate window into a dog's mind I have ever encountered. I couldn't put it down, and once I finished it, I actually felt is if my dog, who had recently passed away, was speaking to me through this book. A triumph, impeccably detailed with intelligence and heart."--Dina Zaphiris, Host, "Petfinder" Animal Planet
“A Dog's Purpose takes the reader on a special journey, exploring the mysterious and marvelous bond between people and animals. Bruce Cameron spins a tale of tails that wag, lessons that are learned, and special relationships that shine with courage and devotion. A good book to read with your best friend at your side.” --Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and co founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation
"Finally, a fictional dog who is a real dog! Anyone who has ever loved a dog needs to read this wise, touching, often hilarious book. Bailey, the narrator, tells the absolute dog truth about how intuitive your dog is, how profoundly your dog loves you (and how very much they love to roll in road kill, and how puzzled they are that you don't love it, too). Most importantly, this book allows the reader to intimately experience a genuine dog's eye view of the bond between dogs and humans, and how nothing, not even death, can ever end that bond."--Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on Good Morning America and the Dr. Oz Show
“This book is a classic. A beautiful, uplifting, tenderly told, frequently funny, and exquisitely moving story…I am awash in the tears of recognition every dog lover will shed when they read this remarkable book.”—Iris Dart, New York Times bestselling author of Beaches"This is an exquisite, magical, fantastic book. I devoured it in a, "I-resent-anything-that-prevents-me-from-getting-back-to-the-book-why-do-I-have-to-work-my-kid-is-almost-six-cant-he-drive-himself-to-school?” way. I adored Bailey, the dog narrator, and though I got teary, I absolutely loved this book. You should quickly fetch “A Dogs Purpose,” an exemplar of the literary canine canon."--Duncan Strauss, Host,“Talking Animals” NPR This wonderfully imagined, inspirational tale is told by a spiritual guide dog who teaches us that our life's purpose is best accomplished when the word "love" is a verb. Bailey the dog knows the profound truths: there is no death, and fear is our greatest enemy. If you are a human, you need to read this treasure of a book.--Dannion Brinkley, New York Times Best Selling Author, "Saved By the Light" "I finished this book and wanted to read it all over again. A funny, enchanting, and utterly believable story of the multiple lives of a most articulate canine, A Dog's Purpose convinced me that there must be reincarnation and that author W. Bruce Cameron was once a dog. How else could he so poignantly detail life, love, and loyalty from the four-pawed point of view?" -- Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life "Usually when I read a book this brilliantly written, I wish I had written it, but in this case I'm just grateful it was written at all. For years I grieved and agonized over the choices I made in caring for my dog at the end of her life, but after hearing from Bailey how deeply our dogs feel what we humans go through, I know my dog loved me till the end, and loves me still, as I love her. This book healed me."-- Cathryn Michon, author of The Grrl Genius Guide to Life
"Marley and Me
combined with Tuesdays With Morrie
." —Kirkus Reviews
"I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried."—Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author
"Anyone who has ever loved a dog needs to read this wise, touching, often hilarious book." —Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on Good Morning America
“This quickly paced, touching novel will charm all animal fans, especially those who loved Garth Steins The Art of Racing in the Rain and Vicki Myrons Dewey, the best-selling saga of a library cat.”—Booklist
“This book gives you a glimpse into the heart and mind of a dog—and will change your view of our furry friends forever.”—Guideposts
“By turns funny, heartwarming, and touching without being overly sentimental, Cameron's novel successfully illuminates the breadth of the American dogscape.”—Library Journal (starred review)
"Is there such a thing as a Rescue Book? Well, there is now. This is a miracle of a book. It's even a spiritual handbook. And it is for readers young and old and all of the in-between. Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness. If Cooney needs someone to convince her to write a sequel, I volunteer."
and#8212;Gail Godwin, author of Evensong andand#160;Unfinished Desires
"The real genius of this story is in all the things it doesn't tell you, all the things it assumes you already knowand#8212;and turns out, you do!and#8212;which leaves much more space to be taken up by what really matters: the marvelous canines. Any dog-loverand#8212;any person-loverand#8212;will be moved (nearly to the point of slobbering) by this warm, funny, heart-expanding book."
and#8212;Pam Houston, author of Sight Hound and Contents May Have Shifted
"A young woman who knows she's lost, and an older woman who doesn't think she is, meet a slew of castaway dogs at a snowy, mountaintop sanctuary, and discover what they didnand#8217;t even know they were looking for. A charming novel about overcoming the past and finding meaning and purpose in the present."
and#8212;Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse
"The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances is both a joyful romp and a wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain. Come. Sit. Read!"
and#8212;Lily King, author of The Pleasing Hour and Father of the Rain
and#8220;The Mountaintop School forand#160;Dogs and Other Second Chancesand#160;is a jubilant, wise celebration of love, reciprocal between human and canine, in ways profound, moving, and soul saving. Readers will long remember the central humans in this taleand#8212;Evie, Mrs. Auberchon, and Giant Georgeand#8212;along with the exquisitely drawn cast of rescued dogs who, in their own delightful, mysterious, and silent ways, heal their rescuers wounds. Ellen Cooney has written a funny, joyous, and heartrending book that insists intelligence and kindness must win out over ignorance and cruelty. Exploring the human and canine hearts with equal doses of wisdom and wit, Mountaintop is surely a book to be read and reread preferably with your dog nestled by your side.and#8221;
and#8212;Connie May Fowler, author of Remembering Blue
and#8220;What if James Herriot had written The Shining, but starring Bridget Jones? These pages are that much fun, and that harrowing, and that sweetly tender. Dog by dog by dog by Evie, the star-crossed protagonist, practically a stray herself, we come to understand that we're all a little bit un-adoptable, a little bit misused, and ready for sure for some loving kindness, the kind that surpasseth understanding, and that only dog can give.and#8221;
and#8212; Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants and Writing Life Stories
andquot;Cooneyandrsquo;s writing style is lively, inventive and fun.andquot; --The Columbus Dispatchand#160;andquot;From the first pages, the tone is warm and welcoming, drawing you in easily...If youandrsquo;ve ever loved a dog, this book is a must-read. Itandrsquo;s a delightful story with layers of meaning that at times may make you cry, both tears of sadness for the abused animals (and people) and also for the happy endings.andquot; --The Missourian
andquot;Cooneyandrsquo;s latest novel is both a joyful romp and a thoughtful meditation. The authorandrsquo;s delicate touch with the pain and trauma endured by abused animals and her sensitive portrayal of dedicated rescuers send a powerful message. Love is a great teacher and we are all a little unadoptable. Readers of Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst will adore this title.andquot; --Library Journal
andquot;Cooneyandrsquo;s good-natured narrative teaches readers about many different aspects of dog behavior and training alongside Evie, making the book ideal for animal aficionados...Dog lovers rejoice! Cooney has crafted an uncomplicated, feel-good, canine-filled tale of cross-generational friendship, healing, and solidarity.andquot; -- Publishers Weekly
andquot;As knowledgeable as she is about the world of dog rescue and rehabilitation, Cooney (Lambrusco) is equally empathic in her treatment of a scarred and scared young woman.andquot; --Booklist
andquot;A charming novel about damaged souls looking for a and#39;forever home.and#39;andquot; --Shelf Awareness, starred review
andquot;Must-read...a moving and joyous romp...All the dogs are wonderfully, fully drawn characters...a brilliantly crafted, uplifting book.andquot; -- The Bark
andquot;Is there such a thing as a Rescue Book? Well, there is now. This is a miracle of a book. Itand#39;s even a spiritual handbook. And it is for readers young and old and all of the in-between. Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness.and#160; If Cooney needs someone to convince her to write a sequel, I volunteer.andquot; -- Gail Godwin, author of Evensong, Unfinished Desires, and many others
andldquo;The real genius of this story is in all the things it doesnandrsquo;t tell you, all the things it assumes you already knowandmdash;and turns out, you do!andmdash;which leaves much more space to be taken up by what really matters: the marvelous canines.and#160; Any dog-loverandmdash;any person-loverandmdash;will be moved (nearly to the point of slobbering) by this warm, funny, heart-expanding book.andquot; -- Pam Houston, author of Sight Hound and Contents May Have Shifted
andquot;The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances is both a joyful romp and a wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain. Come. Sit. Read!andquot; andndash; Lily King, author of The Pleasing Hour and Father of the Rain
andldquo;A young woman who knows sheand#39;s lost, and an older woman who doesnand#39;t think she is, meet a slew of cast-a-away dogs at a snowy, mountaintop sanctuary, and discover what they didnandrsquo;t even know they were looking for. A charming novel about overcoming the past and finding meaning and purpose in the present.andrdquo; andndash; Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse
andquot;This is a jubilant, wise celebration of love, reciprocal between human and canine, in ways profound, moving, and soul saving. Readers will long remember the central humans in this taleandmdash;Evie, Mrs. Auberchon, and Giant Georgeandmdash;along with the exquisitely drawn cast of rescued dogs who, in their own delightful, mysterious, and silent ways, heal their rescuers wounds. Ellen Cooney has written a funny, joyous, and heartrending book that insists intelligence and kindness must win out over ignorance and cruelty. Exploring the human and canine hearts with equal doses of wisdom and wit, it is surely a book to be read and reread preferably with your dog nestled by your side.andquot;andmdash;Connie May Fowler, author of Before Women had Wings and When Katie Wakes
andquot;Dog by dog by dog by Evie, the star-crossed protagonist, practically a stray herself, we come to understand that weand#39;re all a little bit un-adoptable, a little bit misused, and ready for sure for some loving kindness, the kind that surpasseth understanding, and that only dog can give. Ellen Cooney has written a timeless primer to healing, surviving, transcending, and to a rarified communication that runs both ways and back again. I read this book with a cup of tea in my hand and my dog at my side (Baila, a golden). She wagged when I laughed, growled when I gasped, licked my face when I cried, damn it, woof. These animals know a good book when they sniff one.andquot; andndash; Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants and Writing Life Stories
andquot;Dogs were bred by us to serve us in practical ways, but then dogs took it on themselves to serve us most profoundly by healing our broken hearts.and#160; Ellen Cooney understands this, and is the kind of keenly observational writer who can detail the path to healing only dogs can provide.and#160; A delightful read for all of us who canand#39;t imagine life without dogs.andquot; --W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times Bestselling author of A Dogand#39;s Purpose and A Dogand#39;s Journey
andquot;What Ellen Cooney captures so brilliantly here is the psychological and emotional similarities between dogs and people -- the way both respond to trauma and pain, and the way love and kindness can heal even the deepest wounds. The Mountaintop School for Dogs is a celebration of the bond that has brought canines and humans together for thousands of years. This book will grab your heart and not let go.andquot; -- John Grogan, author of Marley and Me: Life and Love With the Worldand#39;s Worst Dog
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dogs search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dogs Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?
Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Baileys search for his new lifes meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.
But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Baileys journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
All dogs go to heaven… unless they have unfinished business here on earth
Surprised to find himself reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey wonders if he will ever find his purpose, in this beautifully crafted work that teaches that love never dies and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose.
All dogs go to heaven… unless they have unfinished business here on earth
All dogs go to heaven
unless they have unfinished business here on earth
A novel of a young woman who, despite knowing nothing about animals, signs herself up for dog training school at The Sanctuary, where she discovers that rescue can find even the most hopeless among us and that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds
. Place of refuge. Training school. Command center for The Network
. Home for strays and rescued dogs.
Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although sheand#8217;s supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. Thatand#8217;s what she signed up forand#8212;never mind that she lied and doesnand#8217;t know the first thing about animals except what sheand#8217;s learned from a breed guide, from the notes someone keeps leaving, and from videos online, like one that asks: Please can more people be nicer to dogs?
Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things sheand#8217;s learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns every time heand#8217;s adopted, and the rottweiler whoand#8217;s a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie came from a troubled past. She writes: and#8220;Rescue. Best. Verb. Ever.and#8221; As she creates her own training manual, she may even write an entry on herself.
A worthy shelf-mate to books by Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst, this is a brilliantly engaging novel about finding fellow animals who may bring you a deeper sense of home, healing, and the power of inventing a future.
About the Author
W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter which was turned into the hit ABC series. He has twice received the National Society of Newspaper Columinst's award for Best Humor Columnist and his nationally syndicated column is read by over three million readers every week. He lives in California.