A Dog’s Purpose-Review

A Dog’s Purpose Review

My son bought me the novel “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron from Amazon for my birthday.  I am almost at a loss for words in trying to describe this novel.  The first word that comes to mind is “emotional”. Emotional only if you’re a dog lover.  If you’re not, you wouldn’t be reading it anyway.  As I read through the pages, they made me smile, contemplate, laugh out loud (in public), and cry out loud like a puppy spending the first night in a crate.  As I sobbed, Simba, my nine year old German Shorthair Pointer, would rush over to console me as she usually does when she senses a change in my emotions

This book has changed the way I look at my two dogs. It is as if I am watching them through different eyes.  I find myself wondering if Simba could be my “Bailey”. Of all dog’s that I have had in my lifetime, Simba is very different.  She has always been connected to me in more ways than physically. GSP parents know about their Velcro dogs.  German Shorthair Pointers are referred to as Velcro dogs for good reason. They never leave your side. The world comes to an end when I close the bathroom door for some privacy. I’m not sure if she thinks because I watched her doing her business as a puppy, that she needs to watch me too. Even when I’m in the shower they both take turns poking their head in to make sure I haven’t been swallowed up by the drain.

GSPs are sensitive dogs to begin with, but Simba has always been in tune with my emotions. She runs around wagging her stubby short tail carrying as many toys as she can fit in her mouth when I’m happy or excited. She slowly approaches to watch over me when I’m sad. First she puts her nose real close to my face and waits (maybe she’s nearsighted) then she lightly nudges me with her nose. Finally, she lays up against me laying her head on me. I will admit that feeling the weight of her head is always somehow always comforting, like a hug. She has also mirrored my ailments and personality. She’s a true tom-girl. She also suffers from stress, IBS, and allergies. One thing she doesn’t mirror is my anger but knows well enough that mum needs space. It is the only time she keeps her eye on me from afar rather than beside me.

Simba’s one year old sister, Gypsy, joined the family at eight weeks old just like Simba did but the connection between her and I is different. It doesn’t go beyond being the normal Velcro dog. I love her immensely and she loves me but she is oblivious to my inner thoughts or emotions. After reading “A Dogs Purpose”, there may be an explanation to the difference between my two pups. Simba maybe a dog with a purpose.

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Watching TV With My Pups

Watching TV With My Pups

Gypsy has finally decided to play fetch.  Simba has retrieved the ball or frisbee since the first day I brought her home.  She was 8 weeks old.  Gypsy was too worried about losing the ball to Simba.  Once Gypsy gets the ball she won’t give it up and just wants to play “Simba chase me”.  Now I throw two balls.  One for Gypsy and one for Simba.  Simba brings back the ball for more.  Gypsy holds on to her and runs with Simba back and forth as Simba chases and retrieves her ball. Either way, they’re both getting the exercise they need.  The other night I’m watching TV with Simba on my lap as usual and Gypsy brings her ball and releases it.  From there she wanted to play fetch.  Simba prefers to sit on my lap instead of playing ball.  It works out perfect for Gypsy.

German Shorthair Pointers As Only Dogs

German Shorthair Pointers As An Only Dog

I brought Simba home 9 years ago.  I must say it has been a Simbalearning experience every step of the way.  I have had many breeds in my lifetime but none like the GSP.  The first lesson was that GSPs is a very high energy breed.  They aren’t kidding when you read that if they don’t get enough exercise they can be very destructive.  Another detail I learned is why they are called “Velcro dogs”.  Simba lives up to that label perfectly.  She is glued to my hip at all times.  It doesn’t matter if I’m outside, inside, upstairs, downstairs, in bed or in the bathroom; she is there watching over me.  Simba has hundreds of FB friends and one thing I noticed in pictures posted was that there was always more than one GSP.  There were usually two if not more and always huddled together.  Gypsy and SimbaEven when sleeping, they seem to all sleep on top of each other.  For years, I contemplated with the idea of getting her a sister GSP to keep her company during my work day but I was worried that she would change.  Not that I wouldn’t mind some privacy when in the bathroom or getting dressed but I love how she cuddles up to me.  I love how she likes to sleep right up against me, I love that she can read my moods and acts accordingly.  I didn’t want any of that to change.  As you may already know, we adopted Gypsy one year ago because she needed a home.  This has been my observation having two dogs.  I would suggest that if you’re going to get two,

make them closer in age.  The nice thing is that I don’t have to worry about fitting in at least three hours of ball play with Simba.  Gypsy makes sure to keep Simba on her toes and running quite a bit.  Sometimes, it can be a little too much.  There is a great difference at this point in energy levels.  Gypsy has become very attached to Simba.  She wants to sleep on top of her.  She wants the same toy Simba is playing with. She follows her around and wants to be next to her.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still her mum.  When the loud red monster trucks are screaming their sirens, it’s me she looks for to comfort her as she howls them away.  Simba is still behaving as the only child.  They say that the first-born of two children who are more than 5 years apart will grow up with characteristics of an only child.  I believe this holds true for dogs as well.  Simba still wants to cuddle with me, sleep with me, lay on me, play with me, sit with me and everything else she can do with me.  However, she does not let Gypsy lay on her or too close for that matter.  If Gypsy lays near her she will wait a few minutes and then move away.  Granted, Gypsy being a puppy has pushed all of Simba’s buttons and has exhausted her patience.  Simba will play with Gypsy for a little while but then brings the toy to me to play with her.  If I had to do it over, I would probably have kept them within two years of each other.  At least they would be similar in energy and play with each other a lot more.

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Dogs Will Be Dogs – Does anyone else have this issue upon returning from the grocery store?

GSPs looking for treats

Simba’s Favorite Activity

One of Simba’s favorite activity is riding in the car.  When she sees that I take my keys along she gets all excited.  She runs to the car, whimpering and jumping up and down.  Sometimes I just let her in and drive her around the block.  She’s always happy with that.  She’s a great passenger.  I made sure to train her from when she was just 8 weeks old.  I would take her out for a ride at least once a week. Image of German Shorthaired Pointer riding in the car. She prefers the front seat.  If the car is in motion she sits up without fussing.  She is seat belted for her own protection.  If I have to quickly run in for an errand she waits calmly not moving from her spot.  She know which drive thru windows provide treats for doggie passengers.  The bank is one of them.  This is the only time when she insists standing on my lap and sticks her head out of the window making sure that they notice she is there.  She also preferred the jeep over the mini cooper but doesn’t complain.