A Dog’s Purpose Movie and My Dog’s Purpose

I am going to go ahead and call the A Dog’s Purpose movie the movie of the year for dog lovers. No, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the trailer alone is enough to spear me through the heart in a good way. Other dog owners will know exactly what I mean. This post is brought to you by Universal Pictures. All opinions are my own.

A Dog's Purpose Movie poster

A Dog’s Purpose Movie

In theaters January 27th.

Dennis Quaid in A Dog's Purpose

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.

A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woman and child in A Dog's Purpose movie

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Hilo's Purpose

Learning from Our Hilo

I made my poster with our Hilo. I don’t think I have written about this yet, but we had to put our dear German Shepherd boy down last year. He had degenerative myelopathy, and it got to the point where we had to make the toughest decision a dog owner ever has to make. We know it was time, but it was a lot harder than either of us could have imagined. Hilo was our first pet together as a couple, and my first pet as a responsible adult. I had many pets when I was young, but ultimately, my Grandma was the main caretaker. The bond you form with an animal that is truly yours is immeasurable. Hilo had a major purpose, and I can name a few reasons he was meant to be in my life.

  • Patience: Hilo taught me patience in many ways. He was a ball of energy as a pup and a bit like a tiny white tornado plowing through the house. As adorable as that is, it can also test your nerves a bit. As he got older, I realized how every trying moment is worth the hundreds of happy times he provided tenfold.
  • Loyalty: Hilo taught me loyalty. He was our dog through and through, and we were his humans. You could tell that his life was devoted to protecting us. Nothing – not even food, toys, or treats – mattered more to him than us.
  • Happiness: Hilo taught me happiness. That big, dopey grin on Hilo’s face never dropped. Unless, of course, that threatening pizza delivery person knocked on the door – then he was all business. But, even at the end when we know he didn’t feel well, Hilo kept on grinning.

Dog holding a football

Great. Now that I am halfway through a box of tissue, I know to stock up for this movie! Even though it hurts so bad to lose your best fur friends, it doesn’t take away from the time we do get to spend with them. Our other two dogs have their clear purpose, as well. Each one of their personalities and stories are different, making each dog unique. The lessons they teach us last for a lifetime. I am so happy to see a movie that highlights the completely underrated human and pet relationship.

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  1. i have 2 dogs and a cat and they have always been a big part of my life,now that im retired they mean even more to me ,,they are part of my family

  2. I have 2 wonderful dogs. I love them dearly. The movie trailers look like this will be a very good movie.

  3. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because I am a huge dog lover and I think this will be a great movie for the whole family to watch together!

  4. I think this would be a great movie. I have see a trailer on it. Would love to see it. Would be great to win it. I would watch with the grandkids.

  5. I am super excited to see this movie because I am a huge dog lover and I just know this movie will be awesome! I always say that the hardest thing about having a pet is losing them, so to think that they are reborn & there’s hope of seeing them again, just makes me smile! I can’t wait to see it!

  6. I’m excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because I love dogs. I love watching any movie that features dogs. It doesn’t hurt that Dennis Quaid stars either 🙂

  7. Im excited to see this because it looks like a feel good movie. I really enjoy when movies really hit that string in your heart and make you warm and fuzzy and I know this movie will be one of those. Plus, my kids love animals and they would really enjoy this movie as well.

  8. I read the book after a friend recommended it to me after losing one of my dogs. Lost 4 within 6 months, and it had taken a toll on my emotions. The book was incredible, although I think I cried after every page turned, it was a very meaningful book. I am looking forward to seeing the movie, although I don’t think one box of tissues would be enough.

  9. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because I watched the movie preview on YouTube and it looked like a great meaningful family movie. My family are dog lovers and we love dog oriented movies, we loved Marley & Me.

  10. I absolutely loved this book! We’re a big dog family, all of us want to see this! I only wish we could go to a dog friendly viewing:)

  11. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because we live for our 3 dogs. I only wish they could come to the theatre with us!

  12. Our dog thinks he’s a real boy and we are crazy about him. This looks like a very emotional movie but a must see.

  13. I would love to see this movie! My friends at work did read the book and I have been hearing about how super it was. I am sure I would be touched by either reading the book or seeing the movie.

  14. I read the book awhile ago and and would love to see the movie! If if’s anything like the book, I’ll be sure to bring lots of tissues.

    I’m so sorry about Hilo! I’ll never forget my first…

  15. I plan on taking my two grandsons to see this.
    They’ve been seeing the previews and are really excited.

  16. I love dogs and I love the idea that they return to us as other dogs. I cant wait to see it and will have my tissues with me.

  17. I saw the preview to this movie last weekend and it immediately went on my must see list. It looks like an amazing story with mostly relative unknowns (not sure why, but I prefer movies that have mostly unknown faces)

  18. A Dog’s Purpose movie looks like it would be a family friendly movie ! My kids and would love to see this movie plus we love dogs!

  19. I grew up with dogs. We now have two dogs and my kids are in love with them. We have a beagle and a black lab/golden retriever mix. Dogs give our lives meaning. They never let you down and always know how to make you smile. I would love to see this movie.

  20. A Dog’s Purpose sounds like a great movie. My brother and his kids would enjoy this movie too…it sounds like a great family movie!

  21. This movie sounds wonderful! We have two dogs now, both with great and very different personalities. I would love to see this movie because I love dogs. 🙂

  22. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because I am a self-proclaimed “dog nut”. (You know how there are crazy cat ladies? I’m the equivalent with dogs.) I only have 2 but if my husband would let me, I’d rescue them all lol

  23. Hilo sounded like an amazing dog. I’m tearing up just reading all this. I truly do love dogs. I believe this movie would convert cat people!

  24. Would love to see with my Daughter,Son-in-law and 3 Grands.We have 4 Dogs and one Duke just went over the Rainbow Bridge and this movie is perfect.Thanks

  25. I am very excited to see A Dogs Purpose, I loved the book… the trailer makes me think of my sweet Stella who passed last April. And as an animal advocate and rescuer, this is just the type of movie that I love! Great for the whole family.

  26. My sister would love to go see this movie with me she has bloodhounds that she trains to search for missing people she loves dogs..

  27. I do rescue, and have always believed animals in fact do have a purpose. I am not sure this happens, but who knows, it may! I think it looks like a wonderful movie, and from some of the trailers it is one we would enjoy seeing !

  28. I want to see this movie because it looks so heartwarming and funny but most of all because I love my animals and my two little dogs that are my buds I would love to know what they are thinking!

  29. This sounds and looks like such a wonderful movie. I would love this because I am a huge animal lover, I have the best dog named Bentley who is seriously heaven sent. I would also love for my dad to see this as well- he loves dogs too. We always talk about dogs and there love for us, they are so compassionate and they only require love and food. It’s the best feeling ever!

  30. I read this book a few years ago and LOVED it!!! I’d love to see the movie now that it’s been made!

  31. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose. with my family. Think it looks like a great movie for dog lovers.

  32. We are big dog lovers at our house and I love watching dog movies and this looks like such a good family movie to see! I

  33. I am a big dog lover and can’t wait to see this movie! I know my husband is going to love this as well.

  34. I am excited to see this movie with my son. It looks like it has a good message and would be enjoyable for both of us.

  35. Oh I am such a huge dog lover and cannot wait to see this movie! So sorry about your dog, I had to put mine down this fall…and it is so very hard.

  36. I’m excited and I would love to see this because my dog is my world and I honestly didn’t feel a purpose until I got her. She has made my life so much better and I’m so much happier now. It reminds me of me and my little girl Hazel. 🙂

  37. I can’t wait for this movie. I read the book and absolutely loved it. I’m sure the movie will be awesome too.

  38. I want to see this movie because I am a huge dog lover who sadly, does not have a dog currently. We have 6 cats but it’s just not the same.
    And, um, helloooo ….. Dennis Quaid. I’d watch paint dry if Dennis Quaid was in the corner.

  39. my daughter just moved out on her own. She is now waiting for her first puppy. I believe this movie would be very helpful for her. Thank you

  40. I want to see this movie because the trailer made me tear up! I am such a dog lover and I have 3 myself. My first dog passed away a few years ago so this movie really hit home for me! Thanks for the chance!

  41. I am a crazy dog lover. I have a golden retriever, a German shepherd and a jack chi. I wish everyone could have a dog in their life!

  42. This movie reminds me of the movie Homeward Bound. My kids watch that movie over and over again. They would love this movie.

  43. The title says it ALL. One of my students bought me this book years ago because she knew I love dogs. I can’t wait to see it.

  44. This looks like a great movie. I agree that a dog’s life is far greater than their own life. i went through a really hard time and my dog (and my husband too) were the things that got me through it. I always knew that I had a wet nose pup at home waiting for me to come home. When I couldn’t push any harder, one look from my dog would make the pain so much less. I am forever grateful to my furry best friend.

  45. I’m a huge dog lover so I am happy that this movie highlights how important dogs are in our every day lives. My 2 dogs are my world 🙂

  46. We are a family of dog lovers and have had many in our lives over the years. I would love to see this because we have had our beloved Tundra come back to us twice. It sounds crazy, I know, but we’d have two other dogs at different times after his passing that did the exact same things that he did naturally, not trained.

  47. Would love to see this movie! The preview always grabs my attention. Looks like a inspiring story line.

  48. My dog’s purpose is to be a companion to the members of our family. He loves everyone and that is another one of his jobs.

  49. I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember, with dogs being my favorites. I’ve had some amazing dogs over the years, and I’ve lost some – and still miss each and every one of them. They are my life, and I love that this film seems to be in sync with the way I feel about my dogs.

  50. I seen the previews for this movie and it looked like a wonderful movie for the entire family to see. I know it will make me cry for sure but I still want o see it.

  51. i am very excited to see this movie for several reasons. first of all, i am the mom of 3 4 legged girls, all miniature schnauzers. i love dogs and animals. i have had 4 miniature schnauzers and our family had a boston terrier when i was born. i have seen the previews and cant wait to see this movie, even though i cried during the previews. i have been around animals most of my life and fill my life would be empty without my 3 gals and animals.

  52. I look forward to seeing this movie with my son so he can get a better understanding how important animals are and there love for us as well as them. I’ll be sure to bring my kleenex as the previews make me cry, lol

  53. We are big dog lovers in our house and my kids have expressed an interest in going to see this when it comes out!

  54. It looks so good. I lost my dog a year ago and our house was so empty. I’ll be bringing a box of kleenex to the theater.

  55. I have always had a dog in my life. Each and everyone of them has taught me something and brought me joy and beauty. I will always have a dog, they are special creatures and deserving of all good things. Truth be told, I prefer dogs to people. I always know where I stand with a dog, not so much people. I would love to see this movie.

  56. Every time the commercial for this movie comes on, my granddaughter gets so excited and says she can’t wait to see it. We are a big dog family, so this looks like a movie we will all like.

  57. There are very few movies that i see in theaters, preferring to wait for the dvd, but i won’t be waiting to see this one! I’ll be one of the first in line!

  58. I know I’m going to love this movie, I love dogs and have had them my entire life. I can see myself up in the theater crying though..I’m a big sap.

  59. My dogs are my purpose. Sounds like a great loving movie. Hubby and me. Puppies would like to watch the doggie movie.

  60. I’ve wanted to see this movie since I first saw the trailer. It looks like a cute movie, and I love my own dog so much so I know I will enjoy watching it.

  61. I lost my dog a week before Christmas. She had a stroke & went deaf or blind not sure, but she sure was acting funny. She was very old. I miss her so much and I would like to get another dog, but not sure. I would love to see this movie. I’m a real dog person… I love them. We’ve always had a dog all my life. It looks like a wonderful movie besides all my grandchildren love dogs too. It would be fun to watch it with them.

  62. I can’t wait to see A Dog Purpose because it looks like such a good movie. In our house, our dog (Sable) is like our child. She goes everywhere with us. She’s a family member 🙂

  63. I would like to see A Dog’s Purpose because I like animal movies and this one is told from the dog’s view.

  64. I have seen the trailer to this movie and it looks like a great movie that me and my whole family can enjoy.

  65. We are looking forward to seeing this movie. Every dog has purpose. You just need to love it to find it.

  66. I’m excited to see this movie because I love dogs and it looks like a great family and/or date night movie.

  67. I love my fur baby’s and cant wait to see this and think my lost one might be coming back to me again

  68. I am a huge animal lover. And I saw this preview in the theater over the weekend. I cried just seeing the preview! It looks so good. I have 3 dogs of my own and I am excited for this movie.

  69. I actually saw previews for this movie and think it looks amazing! I’ve been a big animal lover my entire life and this movie seems perfect!

  70. We recently got our toddler a puppy and they instantly became the best of friends. My daughter and I would love this movie!

  71. When I first saw the trailer for this I wanted to see it because I like Dennis Quaid. So of course I looked it up and saw what the story was about and I think it sounds super inspiring so now I want to see it because it just looks like a fabulous, family friendly movie!

  72. We want to see this movie because we love dog movies and this one looks amazing
    and the dog in the movie is named Bailey and our wonderful dog name is Bailey
    and I like knowing they come back to you in different dogs.

  73. I watched the trailer for this movie over Christmas break and it made me cry. I would love to see this!!!

  74. I’m excited because I think this is a movie I’ll really enjoy…I love dogs, and hope that we can eventually find each other again.

  75. My kids absolutely love animals. And I am much more a dog person than a cat person. This will be a great movie to go see with the whole family!

  76. Nothing makes me cry like a dog movie! My family has shown (and won) at Westminster and we’ve always had dogs.

  77. I watched the video clip and love that the movie expresses a bond between the dog and the owner and that it was still discovered later on.

  78. I love dogs and I have my own little guy. I want to see this with my family. Looks like a good movie to watch with them.

  79. I’m excited because we are dog lovers and I’m always looking for family friendly movies to watch with my grandkids.

  80. I’m very excited to see this with my stepdaughter. We are both animal lovers. Especially dogs. they are my favorite. We have two shih tzus at home who are like family to us.

  81. I am excited to see this movie because our dog, Bolt is such a big part of our family and he was sent to us for a reason!

  82. I don’t want to see it in a theatre — I’ll need to wait for it to be released on DVD. I am a huge squishy cryer at sad movies .

  83. I am excited for this movie because I adore dogs and I have a feeling this would be a real tear jerker for me.

  84. I’m excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because I’ve seen great reviews for it and it looks like an awesome family movie!

  85. Dog movies ALWAYS make me cry, and I’m in need of a good sob fest. I would love to take myself on a date to the AMC dine in theater here to see it!

  86. My daughter and I saw this trailer before Moana and she was definitely all in. It looks like a great family friendly movie. Can’t wait to see it 🙂

  87. i am really looking forward to this movie! i have always thought that animals are reincarnated into new ones all the time! this movie looks like real tear jerker!

  88. I’d love to see A Dog’s Purpose! My family has just begun to bring dogs into our lives and the effects have been amazing!

  89. I am excited because I think it is going to be a great movie. It looks like it is going to be a good cry type of movie. I wish we had a theater I could go and see it with my doggers in, hahaha!

  90. I want to see A Dog’s Purpose because my beautiful Jett passed away a few years ago and I miss her so much still. I am tearing up writing this. A dog’s love goes to your soul and it is a bond that will never go away.

  91. This movie looks to be a good happy movie and who doesn’t want to think that their pet will come back again and again.

  92. I am most excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because I have owned a number of dogs that have left paw prints on my heart. Life without a dog is dull.

  93. My husky is dying right now. He is our angel sent from God. He saved my daughters life and mine. He is my everything my best friend. Im scared of the feelings when I have to put him down. His beauty is apparent on the outside but even more so on the inside.

  94. I’m excited to see the movie because it looks like a heartwarming movie from the trailer and I have had a dog since I was a little girl. What great companions they are.

  95. I am excited to see this because my family loves movies about dogs. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  96. The previews for this just make you want to see it. It pulls at the heart strings and brings back memories in under 3 minutes. That makes for a great trailer. I want to see this bad.

  97. My 8 year old daughter really loves dogs and can’t wait to see this movie! I know it is going to be a heartfelt show and I will cry!

  98. i want to see it because i am an animal lover and want to believe that although animals have shorter lives than us, and that we have to grieve their loss when they cross the rainbow bridge, it is POSSIBLE that they can live on in other ways!

    it seems like a feel-good film that i would enjoy!

  99. Hi Jennifer, I’m excited to see the new theater movie “A Dog’s Purpose” with our 12 yr old grandson. Lots of reasons such as time spend with us his grandparents because life is too short and with the health issues of his papaw this past year, it helps to create new memories. And he just got his new puppy who is 8wks old, female named Luna who is part cattle-dog, part silver haired German Shepard. They love each-other already with such a bond. She thinks he’s her mom and dad and she’s already so good about being potty trained and she sleeps right near him. I think this awesome movie’s story line will help him see how the love and devotion between the human and their loving pet, is one that grows daily in respect and responsibility. And he’s already experiencing that with Luna. We can’t wait to take him to see it together. Thank you and take care.

  100. I’m excited because it looks like a really cute movie the whole family can enjoy. It seems like there aren’t a lot of movies lately that I actually want to see and I’m ok with my little kids watching too.

  101. I am so excited to see this movie because my daughter, who is a sophomore in college, just adopted a dog from the animal shelter near her college. She named her Hazel and she is the sweetest little dog I have ever known. I am so blessed by her she loves unconditionally, is always so glad to see you, behaves so well, she is so precious. I am on the lookout now for everything and anything that has to do with dogs, movies, dog clothes, dog toys, etc. Yes she is very spoiled 🙂

  102. I’m a HUGE dog lover! I know I’m going to love this film. I love all films that are about dogs. I always have.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!

  103. This definitely looks like a movie I will force my kids to put their phones down and sit and watch with me 🙂 ALL THE FEELS!!

  104. I love dogs and this movies reminds me of how my dog I grew up with passed away 2 years ago oreo he was a border collor mix. Then 6 months after he passed max my current dog came into my life. He helped fill that hole.

  105. My dogs are so important to me and I’d probably adopt every single dog I saw if I could. Love dog movies!!

  106. So looking forward to this movie! I am a total sap and I know I will be bawling. My furbaby passed this past October and I miss her every day.

  107. I’ve had dogs all my life and can’t imagine life without having one. They bring so much happiness, love and purpose to my life and my children’s. I want to see this for our love of dogs!

  108. First off, I LOVE DOGS! Well, I Love all animals! And this movie looks soooo sweet! I’ll watch any movie or show that features animals..in a positive way. I can’t wait to go check out this one!

  109. We are excited to see this movie because we LOVE LOVE LOVE our furbabies! I would definitely be taking my granddaughters to go watch it, I know they will love it!

  110. I am excited to see this movie because it looks adorable and i am a dog lover and love movies with animals.

  111. We took family to see Sing and saw the previews of A Dog’s purpose. I said then I would love to see that! WE are a dog loving family and all would enjoy

  112. I am looking forward to the part featured in one trailer where he finds himself back with his original owner and he starts doing tricks that they did when his owner was a boy and he recognizes his dog is his dog from his childhood.

  113. We have three children and look forward to family films that we can all enjoy. As dog lovers this sounds perfect.

  114. The audiobook version brought me to tears. I’m ready to do the same for the theatrical production. I will never see dogs the same way again.

  115. i am super excited to see this movie …sound like a great family night for my family…and i just love furbabbies….

  116. I like movies that feature animals. I saw the previews for this movie and it looks really good. Would like to watch it with my tweens. Thanks.

  117. I don’t normally watch dog movies- just not into them. I don’t like movies that make me cry. I lost my Belle last year- she was with me for over 14 years- I’m afraid I won’t be able to sit through this movie without falling apart emotionally.

  118. My kids love to watch movies about/with animals. We can’t keep any animal at home (allergy) but they love to pretend.

  119. As a former owner of dogs and a lover of all animals, I’m excited to see this because I know I will be touched by the theme of it.

  120. My three kids and are really excited to see this movie. I’d love to able to take them to see it! Thanks for the chance

  121. I’m excited to see this movie because our family loves dogs! We really know them to be man’s best friend. I also love stories that are about connection and inspired people to be kind to one another.

  122. I would like to see this because it would remind me of my father I bet. He was such a dog lover, which made me a big dog lover. I bet this is a really cute movie.

  123. I would love to win this awesome prize pack, so I can bring my nieces and son to see this awesome movie. We all love dogs!
    Thank You for the chance

  124. Other than the fact that I just really think this movie looks great and intersting, I have a rescue dog, and an 11 year old…this dog trails my daughter more than I have ever seen an animal do in my life. He drives her absolutely insane. She can not move 1 inch without him jumping up and following. If she goes in her room and closes the door, he lays right outside it with his nose under the door…for hours if need be. He doesn’t give her a speck of breathing room. We keep telling her how much she means to him and she does understand that but he still just drives her nuts by not giving her space. I think this movie may help her understand more how he feels about her.

  125. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because it is good wholesome family entertainment that is good for all ages. We can enjoy a movie together!!

  126. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose Movie and My Dog’s Purpose because my nephew wants to see it, because he loves this stuff. He would think I am so cool if I could win this for him.

  127. I loved the book and can’t wait to see if the movie is as good as the book was! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize package!

  128. I am excited to see A Dog’s Purpose because I am a huge dog lover and this looks like a heartwarming movie 🙂

  129. Once I saw the movie trailer for “A Dog’s Purpose” – I was hooked. My whole family will enjoy seeing this movie.

    1. Congrats to Erin, I read her blog sometimes. Hope she enjoys the prize. Paws uncrossed. Thanks for the chance.

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