If you have ever had a pet or loved an animal, you understand the unconditional love they bring to our lives. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably also wondered what your beloved cat/dog/lizard is thinking from time to time. Sometimes I watch my sweet dog Chester as he gnaws on his rawhide bone and I think there must not be all that much going on upstairs.
When I picked up a copy of “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron, I had no idea what the book was about. I just thought the cover was cute. As I began reading, I realized the book was telling the story of a dog who finds himself reincarnated into several lives – each as a different breed of dog who lives a very different life from the previous one. In each life this dog lives, he ponders the reason he was born – the purpose he was to fulfill. He realizes that until he fulfills this purpose, he will continue to reincarnate.
When my ex-partner and I went to visit the breeder we got our dog Chester from, he and his brothers were 4 weeks old. We delighted over the puppies who crawled all over us, giving us puppy kisses and whimpering for our affection. Most of the pups in the litter favored one of us over the other – but not Chester. The littlest one with the dot on his head spent his time going back and forth between the two of us equally. It’s as if he knew long before we humans did that he was here for us.
Taken straight from A Dog’s Purpose website:
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?
I’ve talked a bit about the happiness my dog Chester has brought into my life in Through the Eyes of a Dog and Dog Dementia is for the Birds. There’s not a doubt in my mind that Chester’s purpose in life is bound to mine. Our pets add so much to our lives and help us grow on a soul level. Who knows: maybe we help them grow, too.
What do you think about your pets potentially reincarnating? Do you believe pets have a purpose in our lives beyond entertaining us when they chase their tails?
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