Nan’s Notes: A Dog’s Purpose

by W. Bruce Cameron

  • 319 pages
  • Published: July 2010
  • bought book

I picked up this book after reading about it on a couple of blogs. The summaries sounded like a book that I would love. A Dog’s Purpose follows a dog through many lives as he (sometimes she) learns his purpose in life.

My only hesitation in picking up the book was knowing that there would be really sad parts when the dog would die. I ended up buying it and decided not bring it to the beach to read, but instead read it in the privacy of my own home. There were some parts where I was bawling my eyes out. But there were other parts where I was also crying from laughing so hard! I had marked some of these funny parts in my book to share on this blog, but now I don’t think I’m going to. I don’t want to ruin those parts… you’ll  have to read them for yourself. 🙂 If you have dogs, you will really appreciate these parts!

The only thing that bothered me a few times, sort of pulled me out of the story, was when the narrator (the dog) would describe something that he was seeing because he didn’t know what it was called, but a few pages later, he would use the correct word for it. Those little inconsistencies would give me a little jolt, but I quickly got back into the story.

Dog people will love this book, but if you are not a dog person, I don’t thing it is the book for you. If you read and enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain, pick up this book. Have tissues handy.

Now, I’m going to go play with my dogs.

Snow = Joy

Here is a short clip of Tessa having a blast in the snow.

TSS – Wrap up of 2009 and SNOW!

I really enjoyed looking over everyone’s wrap up of 2009. I took some time this weekend and figured out what I read and gathered a bit of data of my own reading.

Books read wrap up

  • Total number of books: 58
  • Total number of pages: 16,483
  • Male authors: 21
  • Female authors: 36
  • Fiction: 49
  • Nonfiction: 9
  • Graphic Novels: 9
  • Young Adult: 28
  • Reviews written: 31
  • audio books: 1

My overall reading goal was 100 books, which I didn’t make, but I did read more books this year than I ever have! So I feel that is a success!

This year I listened to my first audio book (Harry Potter #1) and I read graphic novels for the first time.

Challenge wrap up

Completed challenges:

Attempted challenges, but not completed:

Dropped out:

Book Award II Challenge


For the last week we kept hearing about a storm that was coming. I did all my errands and prepared to be snowed in, not really thinking that it would happen. Well this morning when I got up and opened up the curtains I almost fell over! We got a ton of snow! 26 inches so far… and it’s still snowing. Here are some pictures from my kitchen door.

The first  picture shows Tessa down in the yard.

The second picture is from my kitchen. You can just barely see Tessa down in the yard. Sara took one look at this and didn’t know what to do.

A great dog video

This video clip came through on one of my dog lists. I just love it!


Dogs015caWhat a morning! I got up let the dogs out, fed them, fed myself, took my shower. At 6:15, I let Tessa out again so she could hang out in the backyard while I checked my e-mail before leaving for work. All of sudden, I heard a commotion! Tessa was at the back door and so was a skunk! I screamed! Tessa then got behind the skunk so the skunk was in between the door and Tessa. And Tessa, was in between the skunk and its way out from the fenced in yard (it dug a hole under the fence).

I called my best friend, in tears. She came over and we got Tessa in the house and we saw the skunk get back out under the fence. The smell was so awful. It’s not the same smell like when you drive by a dead skunk in the road or when you smell that once has been in the area recently. It’s more like a burning smell. A burning rubber smell might describe it a little bit.

Needless to say, I couldn’t go to school today. I smelled so bad. The dog was a mess. And my house! Oh my house!

A wonderful groomer got my dog right in. And kept her most of the day so I could work on cleaning the house. She looks and smells so much better, except for one bad spot on the fleshy part of her nose.

We are also exhausted. I haven’t eaten because all I can smell is skunk and it makes me not want to eat. I’m going to take a shower and see if I can relax a bit.

I have sprinkled fox urine scent around the perimeter of my fence. If anyone has other skunk repellent idea, please let me know.


24 Hour Read-a-Thon!


I’m so excited to be joining the October Read-a-Thon! This is the first read-a-thon that I’ve joined, although I did participate in the big Bloggiesta event where I had so much fun! Check out the 2009 October Read-a-thon post to sign up and join in the fun!

For part of the read-a-thon, I’ll be volunteering at the library with my dog Sara, a therapy dog.  Sara and I will be listening to kids read their books. I’ll have to make sure I have an audio book in the car for the ride there and back!

100_1170Sara and her buddy Clyde at a Therapy Dog visit to the library.

Puppy Sitting

I offered to puppy sit my sister’s dog while she and her family are on an Alaskan cruise. Ani, the pup, is having a blast with my 2 dogs.

I have 2 chocolate labs. One is Tessa, an exuberant, full of life, and loving 7 year old. The other is Sara, a couch potato, but also full of love. Sara was a stray that I adopted through a rescue group. Out best guess at her age is also around 7 years old.

Tessa is loving having Ani stay with us. They play all day long. They run, wrestle, tug, and goof around. Then, they finally collapse and take a nap. Sometimes they fall asleep while chewing on opposite sides of the same bone.

DSCF0030I’ve tried to sneak a few pics of them while they are sleeping, but it is so hard. This is the best one I’ve gotten so far. But, as you can see, Ani caught me in the act. Hopefully I’ll get more later on.

On a side note… this is my 100th post! Woo hoo! 🙂