Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Dog's Purpose Book Giveaway Contest

Here's what I hear about the new bestseller, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron:
1. The book is a heartwarming dog's-eye view of the world.
2. What's really cool is that the author helps spread the word about critical issues in animal rescue (more about this later.)
3. What's really really cool is that you can win a copy of A Dog's Purpose right here on this blog. (keep reading!)

But the main thing I keep hearing about A Dog's Purpose is that the novel--about a dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives--will make me cry. Wait! Don't stop reading here...there are plenty of laugh out loud moments in the book, too. After all, Bruce Cameron is a seasoned bestselling humor author (8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, one of the absolute funniest books I've ever read!) But back to the crying. If you've read any review, it's no secret that the canine protagonist dies three times in the course of the book. Then, (sort of like in the movie Groundhog Day) the dog receives the miracle of life again and again, remembers the lessons of previous lives, and ponders his purpose.

This book is sweet, sincere and charming. The dog's inner voice really works--he thinks exactly the way I would expect a dog in his situations to be thinking. And yes, it's sad. Not that I necessarily like to cry, but sometimes a good cry is a prerequisite to experiencing deeper, happier emotions.

And now for the contest! The publishers kindly provided me with a copy of the book (and Frisbees!) to review, and one to give away! One lucky reader will receive a copy of A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

Second place winner will receive a pet friendly Frisbee.


How to enter:
1. I'd be happy if you'd follow me on this blog. Thank you! (optional!)
2. Leave a comment that completes the sentence: "A dog's purpose is..."
3. The contest is open now until Sunday 9/12/10 at 5pm.

How to win:
Winners will be chosen by random number generator
Winners will be announced on this blog on Monday 9/13/10.
If you're selected, I will ask you to provide me with your mailing address so I can send you your prize!

** Here is the cool part I promised you earlier. The author is a true animal lover, spreading the word about spaying and neutering, puppy mills, and adopting rescue dogs. He wrote the book in part because he was inspired by his daughter's dog rescue work with Nikeno's Second Chances in Denver. You can even go to his website and nominate a dog of the week and receive a donation to a pet shelter or charity of your choice.

Don't forget, leave a comment here to be entered to win a free book or Frisbee! And please spread the word to your pet loving friends so they can have a chance to win too. (All you doggies out there, enter for a chance to win the book for your momma or poppa!)

37 comments:

Gloria said...

A Dog's purpose is, to show God's unconditional love for me! (God=Dog backwards).

The Teacher's Pets said...

I am already following your blog and I am so glad to have met you because your blog is fantastic!
What a great idea for a giveaway! I'd love to win this book so here goes....A dogs's purpose is to help humans understand that it's okay to stop and smell the roses, to take extra naps, and to greet strangers with a smile.

Mr. Pip said...

A Dog's Purpose is to eat, sleep, and LOVE.

Your pal, Pip

jen said...

Peggy, That sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing about it.
Ok...I'll try.
A dog's purpose is....to make humans live each day it it's fullest. To realize life is short and best friends come in all sizes:)

Peggy Frezon said...

I love the entries so far. Thank you so much for the thoughtful responses. And good luck to you all!

Dianne said...

A dog's purpose is to provide companionship in all things, especially napping on the couch.

Priscilla said...

A dog's purpose is to let my hoomans make me happy and then they are happy too!!!

Lauren E said...

A dog's purpose is to always be there by their person's side. They provide that unconditional love that only a dog can do.

Hound Girl said...

A dogs purpose is to teach me patience!! I got one stubborn hound on my hands! :)

Donna B. Russell said...

A dog's purpose is to teach us how to live life in the moment, to enjoy the simple pleasures, and to love unconditionally. We could learn a lot from them if we'd just slow down long enough to listen and observe. Great contest, Peggy. Love your blog!

Benny and Lily said...

Sounds like an interesting book
Benny & Lily

Anonymous said...

A dog's purpose is to love and be loved.

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com


I just found your blog and I love it!

mamak said...

A dog;s purpose is to stand by and protect you from danger, to lick away your tears when your heart is breaking, to snuggle you until the aching stops and be your ever loving companion.

Marg said...

A dog's purpose is to be my human's best friend no matter what they do to me. I am already following your blog too. That looks like a good book.

24 Paws of Love said...

A dog's purpose is to remind us not to take life so seriously that we forget be our own inner dog. Love your blog Peggy, we are already following.

Alien said...

It's all about love, Peggy. It's all about love.

Have you seen anything glowing? Let me know.

Yours,

K9friend said...

A dog's purpose is to bring joy when no one else can.

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

tapestry100 said...

A dog's purpose is to bring a smile to my face, every day, no matter how bad of a day I've had. (At least I think that's my dog's purpose, and one she upholds to the highest extent!)

Stephen said...

A dog's purpose is to provide companionship and friendship in equal measures. The purpose of the human friend of the dog is to provide food, shelter, and unconditioned love.

risa said...

Beautiful blog! Glad I found you (via @torbooks on Twitter)

Here goes - a dog's purpose is much like a human's: to leave the world a better place for all things to live in, even through the smallest of acts.

shadytales said...

A Dog's Purpose is in the eye of the beholder...it might be someone to walk with, to talk to, to take care of, to love you back...we can be many things to many people.

Shady
(a dog)

"Greg Adkins" said...

A dog's purpose is world domination.

Arizona Beagle Rescue said...

the Beagles of Arizona Beagle Rescue would love to have this book read to them! Thank you for this opportunity!

kpage16 said...

A dog's purpose is to live joyfully in the moment and teach people about such joy and unconditional love.

Lynn said...

A dog's purpose..."is to give me a purpose". Because all my dogs are rescue dogs, one would tend to say that I rescued a dog, when, in fact, the dog has rescued me. My dogs have always come into my life for a specific reason, one in particular I adopted after the loss of both my parents. She was a mixed breed who was found running the streets and the local vet's office took her in. After two months of no luck finding her a home, I was in there one day and the receptionist, who had told me about her shortly after my parents died, mentioned that she was still there and that the girls in the office had named her "Reesie" because she had the coloring like a Reese's PB cup. My dad, Maurice, was called Reecie Cup by the nurses at the nursing home because he always gave them candy and because of his name Maurice. When she told me that, my eyes welled up and I took Reesie home the next day!

Laurel said...

A dog's purpose is to spread smiles, comfort, and love throughout the world. Thanks for doing this contest!

Morganne Price said...

A dog's purpose is to show us how to live, love, forgive, never forget, and enjoy life to the fullest.

Gina said...

A dog's purpose is to help us find time to smile every day!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

Oh I want to read that book! I am a new follower and a dog's purpose is just to love you no matter what!!

Chewy said...

A dog's purpose is to preserve all the secrets you tell them! : )

FiveSibesMom said...

"A dog's purpose is so multi-faceted. They bring us joy, comfort, and love and ask for nothing in return. They make us each be a better and caring person. A dog's purpose is to bring and spread cheer to our lives."

I am a follower of your wonderful blog and enjoy your articles and photos tremendously! Thank you for letting us all know about this book!

Karla W said...

My dog's purpose seems to be to act as a reflection of myself. We are like ballroom dancers, always wonderfully in tune with each other. She sleeps when I sleep. She's awake when I'm awake. She's cheerful when I am, and acts run down when I'm feeling down. We diet and exercise together, and are always complimentary to each other. She's my soft place, and I believe I'm hers.

Arizona Beagle Rescue said...

the Beagles of Arizona Beagle Rescue would love to have this book read to them! Thank you for this opportunity!

kpage16 said...

A dog's purpose is to live joyfully in the moment and teach people about such joy and unconditional love.

Anonymous said...

I was on a dog site of some sort just a short while back. People where leaving comments that kept saying ,this is it, must read, phenomanal, right on,I couldn't put it down, the answer to everything, and the list went on. I noticed by every comment there was a tiny blue picture. I wondered why everyone who commented had the same picture? I was so intrigued by the comments I had to know what the little blue picture was..it all was about the book " A Dogs Purpose". I am a dog lover. To me my dog has always had the answers, I just have to listen
(observe) him more. I bought the book and am just about half way through it now. I enjoy every minute I am reading it. It makes me really think about my dog and life afterwards.
I love the simplicity of it all. To me the whole thing is "back to basics". A dogs life seems so simple compared to a humans. It definatly is not as complex. And to me that in itself covers it all. Take it one day at a time,
each day as it comes, make it count. We were all put on this earth to help one another..so.. Smile , love, care and share.

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