I’m not much of a reader, but my mom enjoys all sorts of books. Some of her favorites involve cats and dogs…of course they do! Recently, we watched a movie based on the book A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. The title intrigued me, and I settled in for the show. My mom said the book had some very sad and graphic sections involving animal abuse that upset her. She was grateful that movie skimmed on the surface of those sections and focused instead on the relationships the dog had with its humans. The book is not fit for young children, but the movie is okay.
The story follows one dog named Bailey as he is born and reborn again. What an amazing concept! He comes back as all sorts of breeds and even becomes a female dog at one point. That hurt my brain, and I couldn’t quite get my head around it.
I loved watching him as a puppy chasing his tail. Hey, I do that! I mean, it’s there…why not? I began to notice one character, Ethan, as the primary human in the movie. Bailey considered him “his boy” and was loyal to him no matter what and to the ends of the earth. He was seeking to understand his purpose in all of this, and that’s where the story goes. I won’t wreck it for you, but the closing remarks by Bailey (yes, he narrates the story) summarize it perfectly: “I’ve learned that my purpose is to have fun, and if I can save someone to do so. I’ve learned to lick those I love, to not have a sad face for what happened, and to not scrunch my face over what could be. No, we all just need to be here…now.”
If you are a human and like to read, my mom recommends the first book but not the second. And if you are like me and enjoy movies, it’s a good one that will warm your heart. Woof!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my reviews of books, movies, restaurants, and other outings. I also love to blog about my great adventures. You can find them at https://www.lorrainebosse-smith.com/category/kuma/ and be sure to follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kumathedog
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