Book Giveaway – A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose by W.  Bruce Cameron
320 pages
ISBN 978-0765326263
Forge Books; First Edition edition (July 6, 2010)

Due to the generosity of Marissa DeCuir from JKS Communications, I am pleased to be able to give away a copy of A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron to one lucky winner.


What if your dog never dies? What if dogs live multiple lifetimes, and remember all of them?

What if every animal has a purpose, and your pet’s purpose is intimately bound to yours?

A Dog’s Purpose tells the story of a dog who finds himself reincarnated and decides there must be a reason, a purpose he must fulfill, and until he does so, he’ll continue to be reborn. The story is narrated by Bailey, a wise and funny dog who is very much…a dog.

A Dog’s Purpose is funny, endearing, touching, uplifting, and as full of life as dogs themselves.

“…the most accurate window into a dog’s mind I have ever encountered.” –Dina Zaphiris, Dog Behavior Expert The Bonnie Hunt Show

Read more about the book by visiting the dedicated website.


W. Bruce Cameron was born in Michigan and attended Westminster College where he worked as the editor of the school’s literary magazine and the student newspaper. After graduation he worked as a freelance writer, among other jobs. In 1995, Cameron started an on-line Internet column which at its peak entertained 40,000 subscribers in 52 countries. His columns appeared in the Rocky Mountain News where he was considered one of their most popular columnists. His first published book, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, received wide recognition and was snapped up by Disney and co-developed as both a feature film and a TV show. Cameron is also the author of  two other humor books:  How to Remodel a Man, and 8 Simple Rules for Marrying my Daughter. Read more about Cameron and his work by visiting the author’s website.

*Photos below can be enlarged by clicking on them

I would be remiss not to mention that you can nominate your dog for dog of the week by visiting this page on the A Dog’s Purpose website.

Raven would love if I entered her. She was really excited to get a special beach towel just for this post…even though the whole posing thing exhausted her.

But, she’s ready for the beach now – sunglasses and all!


  • U.S. Postal addresses only please!
  • You must leave me a comment before 5:00 pm (PST) on July 11th, 2011. In your comment you must tell me a story about your dog (or a friend’s dog or a family member’s dog) which makes me laugh – it can be anything involving the dog (an antic, an episode, a crazy behavior, etc…)
  • To get an extra entry, leave me a second comment with a link to a blog post you created with a photo of your dog (or your friend’s dog or your family member’s dog)…extra credit if it is the same dog in your first comment! Please link back to this contest in your blog post!
  • I am going to select ONE winner – and it will not be random. It will be the entry I found the funniest.

Good luck – and have fun!

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    • Liz V. on July 3, 2011 at 22:29

    My husband has never met a stray he didn’t rescue, although licensing laws limited us to four. Three have been rescued from Greece, including Leonidas.

    Leo, on arrival at his new home, shot out of the car and ran down our street, with me in hot pursuit yelling in English to no avail. He did allow me to capture him eventually, probably because he was laughing so hard at my attempt at Greek that he could run no farther.

    He made one other escape, as I was leaving for work. Catching him necessitated dropping my briefcase, purse, and car keys and shedding my heels, to chase in my stocking feet and suit through neighbors’ yards for three blocks. Needless to say, I was prepared for him when I returned home, but Leo seemed to have lost his interest in escaping. He had found his home.

    This was confirmed some weeks later when Leo came into the house, but the other dogs didn’t. Painters had not latched the gate properly and everybody went for a jaunt. Except Leo. His paint-soaked paw prints went to the end of the drive but tracked back into the house. Perhaps, too, he wanted to a good seat for the show, when we realized everybody else was loose in the neighborhood.

  1. Oh, I love dogs! I’m excited to read the book!..:)

  2. This is oddly, really timely, as my mom, after hearing the story, proclaimed “Oh, he’s definitely advancing in his next life”. I was going to write it, here, before I got to the end about having to put something funny, actually.

    So, we have this 5 year old, 75lb pit mix named Donnie. He looks quite menacing but his scariest trait is his obsessive kissing.

    The other day, after huge storms, here, my husband noticed that the dogs were chasing something, in the yard.

    Turns out, a tiny Robin had dropped from its nest in the wind and rain, breaking its wing. Donnie was snuffling along after it, but got too close and the bird turned on him and began pecking his nose.

    He blinked and backed up but then moved forward to sniff, again. This happened several times before the bird just went at him in succession and Donnie finally abandoned the tiny thing and hightailed it for the porch.

    Maybe not the FUNNIEST dog story but WE think it’s probably one of the cutest. My only regret is not having it on video.

  3. I am such a sucker for dogs… them. This book looks good.

    • Heather on July 4, 2011 at 09:18

    I have two dogs; Daisy and Cookie. Daisy is much bigger than Cookie and often picks on her. I had given them both a rawhide chip and Daisy all but inhaled hers. Cookie liked to carry them around rather than eat them. She’d lay the chip next to her on the floor guarding it. Daisy would try to steal it and Cookie would growl at her, pick up the chip, and set it down again. On one such occasion, out of the blue Daisy started barking. It was the kind of bark typically reserved for trespassers. Daisy jumped up, growled, and ran out of the room toward the door barking. Cookie let out a warning bark and followed Daisy toward the door. Daisy let out another deep bark and Cookie went on out through the doggie door. Daisy flipped herself around, sprinted back into the room and stole Cookie’s left behind chip. She immediately started gnawing on it. Cookie came back into the house with a strut believing she’d fulfilled her duty only to find Daisy eating what was left of her chip. Cookie lay on the floor with a heavy sigh finally realizing she’d been duped.

    • Carol Brandt on July 4, 2011 at 10:05

    Sarah, our yellow lab/golden retriever mix (she went to doggie heaven in 2007) used to stealthly steal food off the kitchen counter. I had bought four blueberry scones at the bakery and wrapped them each in saran wrap and put them on the kitchen counter. While hubby and I were watching TV, Sarah walked from the kitchen and upstairs to the bedroom with a stuffed doggie toy in her mouth – she did this four times. I went into the kitchen – scones gone. Went upstairs and found her on the bed, paws crossed, head down with that “oh no, they caught me” look in her eyes. Underneath her paws? The four pieces of saran wrap! She hid each scone behind the stuffed toy in her mouth as she walked by us – she was too smart for words and always made us laugh out loud!

    • Linda Kish on July 6, 2011 at 19:17

    We have far too many dogs and love them all. Our most recent is JJ. He is a very sweet 120 lb Mastiff. Sweet until someone comes over then he thinks he needs to protect us. Other than that, he gets spooked easily. When he does, he has to put a toy in his mouth and jump in my lap. I have to be prepared so he doesn’t jump onto my laptop. He did manage to break one.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    • pearl on July 11, 2011 at 05:46

    We have two dogs, one we rescued who is a fearless little mix, who looks like a mini-german shepherd and takes on any dog he encounters, but during the fireworks on the fourth was so frightened of the noise that he cowered under the bench at the park which was unusual. He once ran alongside a UPS truck, loves those guys in brown. He is fast as a bullet and energetic and loveable. The Maltese barely tolerates him.

    • Amanda on July 11, 2011 at 12:26

    What a great contest! My husband and I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain so this one would probably be right up our alley.

    My dog Charlie, when he was a puppy, was finally left out of his cage one day when we went running errands. He HATED his cage. It was around Christmas and we put all our presents on the table in the center so he couldn’t get to them. Well…somehow he got to them anyway and ended up eating a whole box of chocolate covered espresso beans, half a bag of ground coffee, half a bar of soap, and some more chocolate bars in our stockings. He was fine – if not very very bloated and hyper – so we spent the rest of the day (about eight hours) at the park letting him work it all out. He’s never chewed anything else up to this day.

    • Terri on July 11, 2011 at 15:39

    Liza makes me laugh every single day. She’s a doxie/chihuahua and has ears that look like wings.

    We have a morning ritual – she waits patiently on the couch while I fix my coffee and do a couple other morning chores. Then I sit next to her with my cup and my laptop. If I don’t move into position right away, she talks to me in a low purring sort of voice until I put my legs up on the couch and cover up with a blanket. Then she dashes under the blanket and snuggles in between my legs. Her long body fits precisely from my thighs to my ankles. She considers this her spot and won’t be mollified by anything until we are in position. Then all is right with the world (for both of us). I’m dreading mornings when it’s too warm for a blanket!

    • Terri on July 12, 2011 at 07:07

    btw, I love the photos of Raven. She’s got a look that says “A Dog’s Purpose? Do you even have to ask??”

    • Wendy on July 12, 2011 at 07:19

    LOL, Terri – no kidding!!! Her purpose is 100% to make me laugh!

    • Bill on January 13, 2012 at 20:32

    Obviously missed the cut off for the free copy of “A Dogs Purpose” but I am still looking for a hardbound copy for our library. The tough part is getting a first edition, first printing.

    Finally convinced my wife to read it and she is still kinda stunned.

    Anyway, when we get a book we really like we get a nice one and put it on the shelf. Along side the reading copy.
    Any help you could give would be much appreciated.

    • Wendy on January 13, 2012 at 20:59

    Bill: I don’t have any special connections to get you a first edition of this book. Occasionally publishers offer me the opportunity to host a giveaway here on my blog and that is what this was…but at this point, I am like any other reader out there as I do not work for the publisher. Best of luck finding a copy of the book.

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