Title: Toby’s Story

Series: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tales Series

By: W. Bruce Cameron

ISBN: 9780765394989

Author Website: wbrucecameron(.)com

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra                   


Toby is a beagle who doesn’t seem to have a purpose. While all of his littermates are adopted right away, Toby is left behind because he’s not as energetic as they are. But because he is so quiet, he is adopted by a girl named Mona and her mother, who works at a nursing home. As Toby comforts the residents of the home, he discovers that his purpose may be the most important of all! (Goodreads)


Toby’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron is a touching story of Toby the beagle trying to find purpose in his life. Toby was not like his litter mates. Beagles are an excellent hunting dog and loyal companion, they are also happy-go-lucky, funny, and thanks to its pleading expression, cute. They were bred to hunt in packs, so they enjoy company and are generally easygoing. However, Toby is quiet and not very energetic. So as he watches all of his litter mates (his brothers Titus and Timothy, and his sisters Tess, Tamara and Tabatha) find homes, he wonders if he ever will. 

I loved the introductory chapters of the book where Toby learns about life by exploring as he and his siblings grow from birth. The descriptions of Toby and his litter mates discovering the great outdoors had me visualizing the experience right along with them. And Toby’s love for Walt, the first human he comes in contact with – and believes to be his human – is very evident. The story is told from Toby’s point of view – so we are seeing the world as a puppy. Really fun! 

Finally, one day, Mona and her mother come by the ranch, see the sign “Dog free to a Good Home” and given Toby’s toned down energy – he seems like the perfect dog for them – they take him home. Well, not exactly to their home; as now Toby lives (and will soon be trained to work) at a senior’s nursing facility.

Once Toby is at his new home, he must learn many lessons to fulfill his new role as a therapy dog. The process is a slow one filled with many trying and interesting trials and tribulations, especially once the reason is discovered for his laid back demeanor. The interactions with Mona, who is training him, to all of his interactions with the residents, this reader fell more and more for Toby. What a great dog. 

There are many interactions Toby has with various residents of the facility and we get to see where Toby shines (and where he may not shine as much – at least in the beginning), while carrying out his duties as a therapy dog. Now if only he could get Fran on board … all would be good.

Toby’s Story also includes a story of working hard for your goals (this storyline is for a human ☺) as well as a romantic component! It has it all.
This is a story which will tug at your heart strings (especially if you are a dog lover). A book great for all ages – young and old(er). If you are looking for a quick read to enjoy as a family, or you have just a few hours to devote to a book – I highly suggest you pick up Toby’s Story.