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A Dog's Way Home    by W. Bruce Cameron order for
Dog's Way Home
by W. Bruce Cameron
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Forge, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

If you love animals (especially dogs) and are looking for a read that will pull you in, keep you involved, and leave you in tears of relief, then open up A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron, author of A Dog's Purpose.

It's told from the point of view of a charming female canine (who was nursed by a feline when she lost her own mother), who attaches herself as a puppy to an animal rescue champion, medical student Lucas Ray. Lucas shares an apartment in Denver with his mom, a disabled veteran, and the building does not allow dogs. However, they manage to keep Bella under the radar for some time, teaching her to play No Barks and Go Home. Lucas even takes her to the VA hospital, where he works, and she raises the spirits of the veterans on the wards.

But then the developer whose construction was delayed by Lucas' discovery of the strays in a building to be demolished, bribes city officials to declare Bella a pit bull (forbidden in Denver). Lucas ends up with no choice but to get her out of town, and she's fostered in Durango. This is where her adventures start, and her long journey through the Colorado wilderness in search of home. People help her, hurt her, and use her - but she remains a Good Dog. She rescues a young cougar whose mother is shot and Big Kitten helps her in return.

When Bella finally does get home, Lucas has moved out - where else can she try? You guessed it - the VA hospital, where the dog catchers show up as well, and discover that they're totally out of their depth. It makes a very satisfactory resolution to a charming tale that will have readers urging Bella on to 'Go Home'!

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