Hounds of love provide insight into deep link
THOSE who enjoy the company of dogs have been treated to two wonderfully creative commentaries this year, Downward Dog and A Dog’s Purpose.
Both focus on the bond between dogs and people, both are told from the dogs’ point of view and both highlight the depth of the relationship.
A Dog’s Purpose is a novel by W. Bruce Cameron, first published in 2010 and now in its 11th reprint having stayed on the New York Times’ bestseller list for 49 weeks.
The book tells of a dog’s journey through life over several reincarnations and how he finds purpose in each of his lives.
It’s a happy, sad, clever and slightly sentimental window into a dog’s mind and the mysterious relationship between people and animals.
The story gets to the heart of a dog’s capacity to love and protect and delivers some profound truths on life’s purpose - best accomplished when “love” is front and centre.
The author says his book confirms what we know in our hearts to be true, that love never dies, and that our animal friends are always with us.
Read it with your four-legged best friend by your side and contemplate how much they give you and how much you give back in return.
His book confirms what we know in our hearts to be true, that love never dies, and that our animal friends are always with us.
In the words of another highly successful author Dean Koontz - once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. The video of Downward
Dog, featured at the recent Top Dog Film Festival, has gone on to become a TV series in the US.
It’s a dog’s-eye commentary on their relationship with us, as told by dog Martin, a wise, humorous and crusty old dog with a philosophical bent.
Well worth the viewing, the video clip can be found by searching “downward dog” on Vimeo. A Dog’s Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron, Reprinted 2017 by Pan Macmillan Aus firstname.lastname@example.org