A Dog's Way Home

A Dog's Way Home

Book - 2017
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Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn't allow dogs, Lucas can't resist taking Bella home. Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn't understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most. After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn't plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.
Publisher: New York :, Forge,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765374653
Characteristics: 332 pages


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A Dog's Way Home is a heart-warming story that reminds us how truly our dogs are devoted to us. Bella, a dog who lives with a litter of kittens in an abandoned work sight, is rescued by a young man named Lucas. Due to Denver's harsh laws against pitbulls, she is moved to his relatives house, where she feels she only has one job to do, which is to get back to her owner. Through her treacherous journey hundreds of miles along the Rocky Mountains, she helped change the lives of the people she encountered, and formed an unlikely friendship. I liked how the author told the story through the perspective of Bella, because most animal stories are in third person, and it gives us a better understanding of her emotions and how she reacted to the many challenges she faced. Because of this, it paw-sitively deserves a five out of five star rating. Kylie, grade 9, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Feb 11, 2019

I always love these books. It was a great journey in words.

Jan 29, 2019

This is one of the best novels I have read: it’s in relatively simple language. It’s in first person and told from the point of view of the dog. Cameron, who obviously knows dogs very well, gets into the dog’s head, yet he easily communicates with the reader. The story is strongly reminiscent of Lassie Come Home. I learned much about dogs from this story.

annserrie Jan 07, 2019

Fantastic story that tugs at your heart long after you have finished the book. I still remember many of the phrases and images painted by Cameron's words. Looking forward to the movie!

Sep 03, 2018

I love this book. It’s so well written, and you can feel everything that happens in the book. I cried a couple times during this book. I would definitely recommend this book. It really shows us how dogs will never give up on their owners, no matter how far apart they are. 6 out of 5 stars if I could. This book was so so so beautifully written

Aug 20, 2017

What an amazing and beautiful story of Bella, a dog who once lived under a house with her mom and siblings, tons of stray cats, and one pregnant cat. When her dog family was taken away, along with many of the stray cats that lived under the abandoned house, it was the cat who gave birth that later became Bella’s cat mom. When the mother cat’s kittens were taken away, Bella and her cat mom were left alone in the dark crawl space under the house.

This story is about the strength of one puppy named Bella, a puppy that was saved by Lucas – the young man who put out food and water for the stray cats that lived under the abandoned house across from his building. Lucas fought for the rights of those cats against a nasty land developer and saved a dog from a mean dog-catcher. After Lucas had to re-home Bella to another state, a place where she ran away from, the love that Lucas gave was Bella’s guide through over 400 miles of adventures back to her home and the one person that meant the world to her.

W. Bruce Cameron has a knack for grabbing the reader, making them a part of the action, and leaving an emotional impact on anyone who picks up his books. This book is one of his best yet. Through laughter, tears, and sitting on the edge of my seat, Cameron gave me the gift of knowing Bella, feeling the love she had to give, and the light that emotional supports have for healing the darkness embedded within another breathing being. This book is an eye-opener for those who have never felt the power of an animal’s love, and a dedication to those who love their animals fully. A Dog's Way Home is a winner!

Read the full review at Beyond My Bookshelf - http://beyondmybookshelf.blogspot.ca

Aug 19, 2017

Another wonderful story from Cameron. You just have to love Bella and to cheer her on during her long journey "To Go Home" and to find her human. His tales are always heartwarming and a must for any animal lover. This one is in the tradition of his earlier books and makes you want to wait for the next. Excellent tale.

Aug 09, 2017

Nothing but good!

Jul 30, 2017

Cameron gives a highly sweet portrayal from the dogs-eye view of the powerful bonds between canine and human. Along the way, the dog at the center of the story – and the many, many humans who this amazing dog loves and cares for – helps to overcome dysfunctional families, domestic abuse, addictions, mental illness, chronic disease, legal troubles, and basic prejudice, in an Odyssey to Go Home.

Jun 16, 2017

This was a very enjoyable story of a dog's journey finding her way back home. Bella is separated from her human and spends two years getting back. Along the way, she helps others with their journey of life. She's a sweet, smart dog and by the end I was misty eyed reading her story.

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Coarse Language: Lots of swearing


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