Go hug your doggo, then grab a tissue box and read A Dog’s Journey

A Dog's Journey book review

What is this about?: This is Buddy’s story, as readers follow him through different lives — but always with Clarity, the human he was meant for.

What else is this about?: I think it’s about the love that exists between humans and their furry friends, and how it endures no matter what.


Buddy is a good dog.

After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own.

When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He’s overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs―who will take care of his girl?

A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog’s Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog’s Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.

If you have a dog — or any pet really — A Dog’s Journey is the story for you.

This is actually the second in a series, but I don’t think you’re actually going to be missing anything (other than a heartwarming first book that might make you hug your let a little bit closer) if you start with this one.

Buddy, Molly and Clarity

Buddy meets Clarity when he is at the end of one of his lives in this book, and she is about to start hers. Even at this moment in time, Buddy is looking after Clarity as best he can, and no thanks to her uncaring mother, Gloria.

Then, Buddy is reborn as Molly, and she finds her way back to Clarity to her delight.

That in a nutshell speaks to the strength of their relationship, to Buddy/Molly’s love for Clarity and desire to protect her, and to save her — sometimes from herself.

Clarity is still saddled with Gloria, a mother more interested in wealth and appearances than what her daughter needs from her. Clarity as a result has issues of her own (eating disorder) and is hardly interested in school, much to her BFF Trent’s worry.

But for Molly, Clarity will defy her mother, and manipulate her to let Clarity keep Molly. And it’s Molly who accompanies Clarity through the toughest times — her eating disorder, her suicide attempt and physical and emotional abuse —  in her life, providing comfort like only she can.

A Dog’s Journey is a love story — it’s Molly and Clarity through the worst times in their lives and the best.

It’ll make you think about your furry friend, be it cat, dog or Llama. Or the scaly friend in your life, or your feathery friend. It’ll make you appreciate the joy they bring, and what you bring to theirs.


  • Oh gosh V… This one sounds like a real tear jerker. I think I teared up just reading the blurb! Animals get to me big time….. Your review makes it sound so tempting though…. Just not sure if I can bring myself to actually DO IT….. Gah!

    • Verushka says:

      It’s so heartwarming but yes, you’re going to have to be ready for what happens to Buddy. It’s doubly more heartbreaking because it’s all from the dog’s POV, so there’s such innocence to it too even though you know what is actually going on.

  • The movie was a tearjerker 🙂

  • Sam@wlabb says:

    Was this one they made and canceled the film? Because I was crying every time that commercial came on.

  • Kelly says:

    I love books about dogs but very specific type reads, without any animal cruelty and the dog needs to survive. Books like Marley and Me and Red Dog have been so heartbreaking and I wasn’t prepared for those endings. Being from the dog’s perspective, I can already tell that this might be a little too much for me at the moment. I might buy them both regardless and save them for a weekend when I’m in a better frame of mine. (Our little guy is going in for procedures in a few weeks and is at risk with his heart disease). Wonderful review Verushka darling, really enjoyed it.

  • Lovely review! I haven’t read the books in this series yet, but I watched the movie for A Dog’s Purpose. Or I should probably say I sobbed my way through the movie, lol.

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