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Publication Order of Dog's Purpose Books

A Dog's Purpose (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dog's Journey (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dog's Promise (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales Books

Publication Order of A Dog's Way Home Books

A Dog's Way Home (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dog's Courage (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dogs With A Purpose Books

Zeus: Water Rescue (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lily to the Rescue! Books

Lily to the Rescue (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Little Piggles (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Not-So-Stinky Skunk (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dog Dog Goose (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Little Leopard (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Misfit Donkey (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foxes in a Fix (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Three Bears (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ruddy McCann Books

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repo Madness (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Emory's Gift (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dog for Christmas / The Dogs of Christmas (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog Master (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dog's Perfect Christmas (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love, Clancy: Diary of a Good Dog (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Remodel a Man (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dad's Purpose (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

W. Bruce Cameron is a bestselling author and columnist from the United States renowned for titles like ‘A Dog’s Purpose’.


W. Bruce Cameron was born in Petoskey. Where most other boys his age dreamt of playing sports or going to space, Cameron only ever wanted to be a writer; the author actually attempted to pen a novel in fourth grade, though the task proved too difficult and he eventually gave up.

By the time he was sixteen, Cameron had already sold his first story, with the Kansas City Star paying him $50 for his services. Unfortunately, if that particular victory made Cameron think that writing was easy, the notion was eventually proven false. The author would have to wait for several more years before anyone else showed interest in paying him for a story.

At his all-male liberal arts college in the Midwest, Cameron put his passion for writing to good use, fulfilling the role of editor at his school’s magazine and student newspaper. Freelance writing didn’t pay as well as Cameron expected once he left college, and he was forced to undertake numerous odd jobs in order to support his writing habit.

Even with all the financial challenges, Cameron never gave up on his writing dream, many times choosing to give up on his sleep in order to achieve his goals. The author’s big break didn’t come until he took to the internet in 1995, starting an online column that began with six subscribers and eventually grew to 52,000.

The Rocky Mountain News soon caught wind of his work and Cameron earned himself a weekly feature, this placing him on the path to becoming a highly popular columnist.

It could be argued that the author known as W. Bruce Cameron wasn’t born until he wrote 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter. The column gained so much attention for Cameron that he eventually turned it into an actual book which hit the shelves of bookstores in 2001.

The book took Cameron to great places, garnering him mentions from CNN, USA Today and the CBS Early Show, this along with numerous other notable media brands. Cameron spent a few years writing books on popular subjects about life before finally finding his way back to fiction, his first love.

A Dog’s Purpose, the first truly fictional work from Cameron, drew upon his love for dogs, which he thinks are wonderful creatures. Cameron isn’t exactly a well-known name amongst avid readers, though he is fairly commonplace in popular culture.

+W. Bruce Cameron Adaptations

Cameron’s most famous novel is A Dog’s Purpose. The book dominated the New York Times Bestseller list for a very long time. It was eventually translated into a movie in 2017 starring Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, and Britt Robertson.

Before this particular achievement, Cameron’s first real book, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, was adapted into a sitcom that aired on ABC in 2002, ending in 2005.

+W. Bruce Cameron Awards

Cameron has received a lot of recognition for his work over the years, with his most notable awards including the Robert Benchley Society Award and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Award.

+A Dog’s Purpose

Bailey began life as a stray mutt. His life was cut short rather tragically, leaving him to ponder how or why he was reborn as a golden-haired puppy. Determined to figure out the meaning of his new life, Bailey meets eight-year-old Ethan, the pair going on numerous adventures as Bailey discovers what it means to be a good dog.

However, it seems like Bailey was meant for more than merely being a beloved family pet and this becomes clear when he is reborn once more as a puppy.

The purpose of this book is to provide a heartwarming exploration of the relationship between man and dog, and it achieves this goal with humor and insight. The book was definitely designed with dog lovers in mind, though even in that arena, opinions vary.

Some readers thought the book was sweet and sad in all the right ways, bringing happy tears to many eyes. Others thought it was too tragic, if not a little macabre, considering that its premise involves the death and revival of a loving dog several times over.

Some people have dismissed the book for being a little too simplistic, written to appeal to the most basic emotions of dog owners but bringing almost nothing of substance to the table.

+A Dog’s Journey

Buddy spent several lifetimes searching for his purpose. And he is pretty sure that he fulfilled. Watching baby Clarity get into mischief, though, gnaws at Buddy, causing him to wonder whether the curious child wouldn’t benefit from a dog.

Once he is reborn, Buddy is happy when he is adopted by Clarity. As a troubled teenager, Buddy is certain that Clarity needs him more than ever, which is why he despairs when the two of them are separated.

This book tries to recapture the warmth and charm of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’. Cameron explores the man/dog relationship from a new perspective, pushing readers to wonder which of the two entities truly needs and cares for the other.

Fans of the first book are bound to love the second one. Of course, that also means that people who hated the first book will hate the second one. Cameron’s style here is the same as before.

He approaches the story from the perspective of a dog, using otherworldly elements to intertwine his canine protagonist with a desperate human individual. Because the story is told from the point of view of a dog, the writing is very simplistic, which some people have complained about.

Dogs are relatively simple creatures. As such, it comes as no surprise that Cameron gives them a very simple voice. The books do not lose their charm, despite not being great literature. This one knows what exactly it wants to do, and it also understands the target.

People with little interest in dogs do not seem to care as much about the book. Dog owners, on the other hand, cannot seem to get enough of the novel, Cameron driving them to relate to Buddy through their understanding of their own dogs.

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3 Responses to “W. Bruce Cameron”

  1. DONNA L MORIN: 3 years ago

    Just discovered you and Ruddy McCann. Loved it. I will be looking out for the next two. Any new ones coming up?

  2. Joan Long: 3 years ago

    I loved A Dogs Way Home. When will a sequal be out?

  3. gail short: 3 years ago

    I’ some short dog storm crazy about dog stories. We have a special dog
    named Biscuit. She is 12 and very smart. I have written some short dog stories for elementary age
    children. Blessings


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