By Patrick Canfield
In W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling, joyous novel, A Dog’s Purpose, we are introduced to one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lifetimes. Bailey is a rambunctious puppy whose search for meaning leads him into the loving arms of an eight-year-old boy named Ethan. Through the good times and the bad, as Ethan grows up, gets and loses a girlfriend, and eventually leaves for college, Bailey discovers what it means to be a good dog to his boy.
But this is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn again as a puppy—this time, a GIRL—Bailey wonders – will he ever find his purpose? After an exciting life as a search and rescue dog, Bailey uses the skills he’s learned over the course of his lives to return home once more to his boy, Ethan, and reunite him with a long lost love. Bailey is sure that he has found and fulfilled his purpose.
When A Dog’s Journey picks up, however, Bailey is certain that a curious baby named Clarity is in need of a dog of her own. Reborn again as a puppy, Bailey realizes that he has a new destiny. Adopted by Clarity, now a troubled teenager, Bailey is there to protect, cheer, rescue, and love Clarity as she navigates the ups and downs of adolescence.
When they’re suddenly separated, Bailey will stop at nothing to return to her side, supporting her when she needs it most and sharing in her darkest moments and greatest joys. Having fulfilled his purpose here on earth, once again, Bailey returns to the golden shores, where he sees his beloved people once more.
Is this the end of Bailey’s purpose? Or does he still have promises left to keep? To find out what’s next for Bailey, pick up a copy of A Dog’s Promise on October 15!