Book Review – A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron is such a feel-good book. The first thing I did after reading this book was to take a look at Colorado on Google maps. I had to know all about the path Bella took and it is an absolute treat to read. You will want to definitely read this if you are a dog lover.

A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

Told from a dog’s perspective, A Dog’s Way Home, is the story of a dog from being a newborn to puppyhood to learning to survive and the most amazing feeling of all, that every single living being knows, of being home. Bella is a dog or mixed breed. And this is her story of finding a home, in many places, with many beings. But the one place that is truly Bella’s home, is with Lucas. We get to know of Bella and her siblings. how their mother fed them and how they played together. With a sad twist of fate, she gets rescued by a cat, whom she calls Mother Cat, as a little pup and grows up among the kittens. One day she meets her human, Lucas. He is the one leaving the food and water for all the cats in their den. Lucas ends up taking her home and naming her Bella. Where Bella grew up, it was dark. The underbelly of building to be demolished. It was home to cats and Bella’s family, both canine and feline. Lucas, knowing that animals are living in the crawl space, wants them rescued and keeps hindering the demolition plans until all animals are rescued. He does push a few too many buttons and stepping on too many toes ending up making enemies. Eventually, Lucas gets to taste what money and power can buy, bullying. Bella gets taken away from him. Bribes work wonders in how they get some people to work at great speeds. Since Denver laws forbid Pitbulls, and since Bella has been “identified” as a Pitbull she has to go. A friend with an animal rescue place helps and she gets Bella transferred out to Durango to be with a foster family. Lucas, his mom and all of Bella’s friends are heartbroken. Once there in the foster home, Bella waits for Lucas. Like her humans, Bella herself is not happy with her circumstance. And since she does not see Lucas anytime soon, Bella finally decides to go home by herself. The book traces Bella’s journey from her foster home to her person, Lucas, over a period of two years.

Dogs are intelligent creatures. And A Dog’s Way Home proves that once again. Bella, with her own unique charm and a heart full of love, strives to better everyone’s life she meets. She knows when someone is sad or angry or in pain and acts accordingly with an inherent understanding. When all Lucas has done is train her to be a good dog, obeying simple commands like stay and sit, or go home and don’t bark, Bella’s understanding situations and people and acting accordingly to them is nothing short of astounding. It is what makes most people grateful for having known a dog in life.

The way in which Cameron has managed to get Bella’s thinking is fabulous. I was happy when Bella was happy and I was distraught when she was. The ending was worth it. I am sure there’d be people who will shed many a happy tear, I just cheered for Bella, and felt her tail going to and fro a mile a second. So much happiness! Cameron also shows a world that is filled with good people, selfless and caring. Then there are the others as well, who do not care at all.  Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. And A Dog’s Way Home does give plenty of pointers on the greatness of the world that we live.

PS – I have heard that A Dog’s Way Home is going to made into a movie, and I am sure it is going to be a great one! Another doggie book that I loved, and which is also being made into a movie – Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. I am looking forward to both these movies.

You can pick up a copy of A Dog’s Way Home here – Amazon, Flipkart, Google Books, iBooks, Kobo


A Dog's Way HomeA Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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