Family, love, loyalty, life, consciousness, existence, mortality, and communication are the theme in A Dog’s Purpose written by Bruce W. Cameron. One of the biggest themes is relationship are internal and forever-lasting. This touching book is about the reincarnation of a beloved dog, and how the main character dog called Bailey reincarnated back to its original owner who is named Ethan. The purpose of this book is to love your pets. Also, this wonderful book talks about a basic question: Why are we here?
In this book is written a perspective of a dog, Bailey and why is he here. He went through 4 reincarnations, and each reincarnation sets as a different character, but the personality of Bailey did not change. He was honest to all his owners. For example, when Bailey was reincarnated as a German Shepard his owner was an American police, at the end Bailey sacrificed himself to save his honorable owner. This piece of evidence showed Bailey was a loyal and honest dog. Also during Bailey’s first “life” with Ethan he learned that his whole purpose is to entertain and comfort his beloved owner and always keep loyal and honest. During the first part of the story, Ethan was injured badly, physically and also emotionally. After spending decades with Ethan, Bailey finally dies of old age, but this life of Bailey he knows his mission and purpose is that why is he here. “My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy. I didn’t want to cause him any unhappiness now—in that way, I decided it was probably better than he wasn’t here to see this, though I missed him so much at that moment the ache of it was as bad as the strange pains in my belly.” (165-166) This is a phrase from a part of the story meanwhile Bailey was almost released from the reality, he was reflecting himself, in the end, he finally grasps the meaning and purpose of his life.
At the end when Bailey finally reincarnated back his love to his original owner did not change. This time his owners are a sweet couple, but the apartment building does not let the pet in. Instead, the owner of Bailey gave him their mother. The mother had a boyfriend, and her boyfriend abandons Bailey onto the countryside. Soon Bear realize this place is where decades ago Ethan bought him here, he uses the skill when he was still a German Shepard and hunt down the sent and find Ethan’s farm. When he and Ethan reunited, Ethan was already an old man, he was not a little boy, anymore. Ethan decides to adopt him and renamed him as Buddy. As time passed by quickly Ethan was a very lonely, old, bitter, and wrinkled man that lived by the countryside. Buddy soon realize that he should do something for Ethan. He thought he could at least make Ethan more happy, and lively, at least the fate of Buddy or Bailey, or any identity that Bailey had.
Pets and owners have difficulties communicating. Animals could not speak verbally to communicate to humans. People read through body languages and learn from their pets. A dog’s purpose Bailey acts like a normal dog, he is unlike other stories such as Snoopy or Garfield having speech bubbles and thought. Compared, in the story of A dog’s purpose Bailey has a very rich inner monologue, which narrates and guides the audience into his story and life. Also, pets are not immortal, they have to pass away one day, like Bailey, but they learned what is the purpose of their existence, and the consciousness of their fate. “The scent of death, recognizable to me as any memory, wafted off of Hungry in the dry, dusty air” (10) This is a sentence from the story, where Bailey’s brother dies and he feels the sadness and the emotion, but Bailey does not fear death, and this is also evidence of mortality which is one of the themes in this story. Pets can bring families back together. For example: During the last incarnation of Bailey he found Hannah and brought her to Ethan, and since both of them are already single, they rekindle their romance, and both fall into the river of love.
In conclusion, A Dog’s Purpose is one my the best book I have ever end. This book is not one of the books that have a schmaltzy ending where the dog dies, or a conflict happens that leads to a despondent conclusion. The differences are that in this book, the dog dies at the start, and each time is reborn as a new puppy, but inversely it includes all the emotional memories of the past life, and the character is eternally reincarnated. The main character of A Dog’s Purpose experienced through all the existence just as we do. Through this book, I learned the best championship is with your pet. Owning a dog or a pet is just like a marriage, your best buddy accompanies you throughout their life. Therefore, connecting back to the main theme: the relationship of infinite love is forever.