Hounds of love pro­vide in­sight into deep link

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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 abox­hall@in­tern­ode.on.net

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