The Positive Dog, by Jon Gordon

One word summary for the book- “Mutt”. 

Do you remember hearing the old American Indian story about two wolves fighting each other inside us? The Elder explained to the younger that it was the wolf that we feed, that survives.  (I was surprised that the older story wasn’t mentioned in this book.) That’s the premise of Gordon’s book.  Sadly, I have to say, this is the first book I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Some of Gordon’s other books have been inspiring, but not this one. (It truly made me wonder if it was ghost written by a kid.)

This story is about two talking dogs, waiting to get out of the pound, that dig up a book about positivity, and then read to each other.  ?   I believe there were two or three other author’s material mentioned, but not even that could spice this thing up. There was very little new information or ideas in this book, in my opinion.

If Old Mother Hubbard went to this cupboard to get her poor dog a bone, I’m afraid the old dog might still be hungry. I was when I finished the book.  No meat.

The saving grace for this book, besides it only taking about two hours to read, is that it would be a great read for a kid. A few pages or chapters a day, and you’ll steer your kid in the right direction.

I do have to say, there were three very small Scooby snacks for me:

  • “Fear believes in a negative future. Faith believes in a positive future.”
  • Research from HeartMath shows that feelings can radiate up to five or ten feet in an electromagnetic field from a person.
  • “Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh only about 25.”

Buy it for a kid, but only for yourself if you’ve never read more than one or two books on positivity.  Let me save you $17 (really – $17 ?) – Both dogs get adopted, and then meet each other again as neighbors down the road.

IF ONLY a mother dog had died in the first few pages, they could have made a really weak Disney movie out of it.

The Positive Dog


4 thoughts on “The Positive Dog, by Jon Gordon

  1. I have a section on my blog devoted to books I’ve read. I’m just getting started, but all the books I’ve read and loved about positivity are in a tote, stored in my mother’s basement. I have to wait to get them before I can write anything about them. Would you mind if I shared this info on my page, for other readers to be aware? If not, that’s ok. But I wanted to thank you, as I am CONSTANTLY buying books. My latest 2 are by Shawn Achor. Have you read any of his? If so, any thoughts before I start them?


    • haven’t read any Shawn Achor (that I remember) I am an avid reader as well, and always have 3 or 4 going. I was really bummed when I got this one as a little gift last week, zipped thru it, and BLAH. Most times I devour them with markers and inspiration just Flows and things resonate all over the place. Good luck on the blog, as I’m just getting started as well. It’s great for everyone to be able to share experiences so that we can all increase our expansion, and learn quicker, which usually just takes us back inward – but it’s a great path and journey, no? have fun and keep smiling! momentum mikey

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      • I’m a firm believer in positive thinking and thoughts become things. I learned how to change my perception, thus changing my life. Sure it took me inward, but it’s been the most educational journey to date. Nothing but the best,


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