A Dog’s Purpose: Movie Review

Feb 13, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Movies, Pets, Sheryl Wall

by Sheryl Wall

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A Dog’s Purpose is a new movie based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. It is about a dog that is trying to find his purpose in life. He is reincarnated several times throughout the movie into various dogs and experiences life with new owners. The movie particularly focuses on his life as Bailey with a young boy named Ethan. He is a devoted dog to his owners in all of his lives and learns the meaning of life through his experiences where he helps his owners learn to love and find happiness.

A Dog’s Purpose is seen through the eyes of a dog. He gets to experience life as a police dog, a boy’s best friend, a lonely woman’s companion who he helps find a family, and a neglected dog who is left out on the streets. All the while, he still longs for his boy Ethan whom he has a deep connection to that lasts throughout all his lives.

dogs-purpose-movie-2This movie provides an interesting look into what a dog’s perspective in life would be like through a very unique story line. I was especially looking forward to seeing this movie because I was able to meet Bailey in person at my visit to Universal Studios. I wasn’t expecting much from the movie but I was pleasantly surprised on how much I got into the story. I don’t recommend it for a younger crowd though who might struggle with the loss that is portrayed in the movie. I myself didn’t enjoy that part of the movie either but it was a necessary part. The movie kept me engaged and really wasn’t at all campy like a lot of movies that have the dogs as the narrator.

A Dog’s Purpose is a moving movie that I am glad I was able to see. Now I must go and read the book.

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Sheryl Wall is an ongoing contributor to our
Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.


  1. Really enjoyed your review. We are showing this film the first week of March & I can’t wait to see it. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. I enjoyed the review and I agree with the statement “Every dog happens for a reason”. It sound like an interesting movie with so many roles or purposes that the dog played. I think one of the purposes of dogs is to teach humans unconditional love. Thank you.


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