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A Dog Named Christmas Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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About the Author
GREG KINCAID, when not writing, is a practicing lawyer, specializing in divorce and family law mediation. He lives on a farm in eastern Kansas with his wife, three horses, two dogs, and two cats.
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Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged young man, hears about a special program the local animal shelter is running for the holidays. In an effort to clear the shelter for the holidays when there is not enough staff available to care for the animals, the town shelter is asking the public to "bring a dog home just for the holidays." The idea is that families will choose a dog to visit them for a couple of weeks at Christmastime and then return the dog after the holidays are over.
Todd immediately wants his family to participate, but his dad, who in the past has dealt with the death of two very special dogs, wants no part of the program. Given the title of the book and that it is a holiday release, it is fairly obvious from the beginning that the McCrays are going to participate. To what extent they become involved and how their involvement changes their lives is really what the book is about.
I initially had some trouble with the basic idea behind the book. I worried about how the dogs that were taken back to the shelters after Christmas would feel. Would they think they had done something wrong? Would it be harder on them to have been in a family and returned than not have had a family at all? Finally I quelled those feelings and just sat back and read the book. I'm glad I did.
In this relatively short book (the actual story is only 143 pages long), author Greg Kincaid has written a story so warm, so tender that it will have readers both laughing and crying at the same time.
Armchair Interviews says: A Dog Named Christmas will give readers a shot of pure Christmas joy.
Todd McCray is a developmentally challenged young man who learns that the local animal shelter needs some temporary homes, over the holidays for its dogs since the shelter will be terribly short staffed. He begs his parents to allow him to select a dog to care for over the holidays. Todd's dad is reluctant, as he had lost two special dogs years ago and does not want the family to experience the pain he experienced.
Well although it comes as no surprise, Todd does get to select a dog, which he names Christmas. Despite the lack of a surprise element in this sweet little book (fewer than 200 pages), the book is more about the message: how small acts of kindness can make such a difference to both humans and the animals as well.
A Recommended read for the holidays or it might make a sweet gift for an animal lover.
Todd is so enthused that George has a hard time discouraging him, but he tries. George just cannot bring himself to have another relationship with a new dog; he has loved and lost two in his lifetime, and can't bear to put himself through that trauma again. George also wants to instill character in his son, believing it's good for Todd to know that he can't have everything and anything his heart desires. However, when Todd speaks to his mom, Mary Ann agrees that hosting a dog for just a week shouldn't be a problem. (George quips: "Our home is not a democracy. It is a benevolent dictatorship. Queen Mary Ann had spoken.")
As might be expected, Todd and Mary Ann finally persuade George, although George frequently reminds Todd that any dog they take will be returned to the animal shelter on December 26th. At the shelter, he is touched to see the care Todd takes in checking out each dog. The worker there also appears to be impressed with Todd's interest and sincerity. Todd finally settles on a big black lab retriever mix, an older and extremely well-behaved stray he calls "Christmas."
Christmas settles in with the McCray family with ease. Todd and Christmas, of course, are constantly together.Read more ›
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If you like dogs, you will really enjoy this great story. Well written and moves right along.Published 7 days ago by dogwalker
Length: Print, 162 pages; Audible, 3 hours 26 minutes.
Target Audience/Genre: Family members who love dog stories will love this Contemporary Fiction novel. Read more
I really love and enjoy A Dog Named Christmas it is a very beautiful and heartwarming book. Now I did see a few minutes of the movie and it looks absolutely great, but I stop... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katiria Rodriguez
Easy reading. Can be a little tense and emotional. Wish we had a program in our town like the one described in the book.Published 2 months ago by mommaj
The sappiest Christmas/dog story that ever sapped. It reads like a Lifetime movie, with lesson learned and cutesy dialogue. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Delta Stet
If you are looking for a heart-tugging Christmas story, here's the one for you. While the Hallmark movie does a spectacular job in its version, the original story is always the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nicole Elizabeth Roper
I place it my reading history as ........One of the best. Keep the Kleenex close. Heart warming. Wonderful Characters. A blessing to read.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer