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The Dogs of Christmas (A Dog's Purpose) Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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“Cameron's latest demonstrates how the unconditional love received from dogs can make all the difference in human lives…A book about dog lovers by an author who understands the canine soul.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This sweet story is told with humor and a deep understanding of the transformative value of loving a dog. A perfect holiday read!” ―Greg Kincaid, New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas
“As warm and bright as Christmas morning. If you don't already have a dog, reading this book will send you right to the shelter to find one to love.” ―Iris R. Dart, New York Times bestselling author of Beaches
About the Author
W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey and The Dogs of Christmas. He lives in California.
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Josh Michaels has never had a dog. And he really doesn't want one. Ryan is Josh's neighbor. They barely know one another, yet somehow Josh finds himself stuck dog sitting Lucy, Ryan's girlfriend's, dog.
Lucy is pregnant.
Josh is terrified.
Living alone in his family's home in the mountains of Colorado with very few close friends or neighbors, Josh has become a bit of a homebody. He's nursing a broken heart and what could be better for a broken heart than a dog?
This is such a wonderful holiday story. I laughed at the puppies and the way that Josh melted over them. And I cried when author W. Bruce Cameron pulled at my heartstrings. If you have an animal enthusiast on your Christmas list~~this book would be a lovely gift.
After Josh Michaels loses his Ex to another man and lays around depressed, he gets a call from a "friend" who wants to drop his dog off. Though reluctant, Josh accepts the dog and begins to worry about her pregnancy. During a conference call, his new dog, Lucy, goes into labor and he rushes her off to the vet, worried about her and her puppies. After the visit to the vet and receiving a litter of 5 puppies, Josh begins to rebuild his life, now revolving around the 6 dogs he has. After a call to the local animal shelter, he meets, and falls in love with Kerri, the woman who runs the animal shelter. She is eager to give these new puppies a forever home and bring joy to other families. But as time gets closer for Josh to give up the puppies, he thinks of his own family and is struck with the feeling of not being able to give up his new dogs.
I particularly love the sentiment in this book. While at first Josh was reluctant to foster Lucy and then the puppies when she gave birth, after spending some time with them, he grew to love them and though he lost his own family, he gained a whole new canine one. Though Josh is a bit of a recluse and hard to like, I love his connection to the dogs and how he feels he can't send them off to other families. Though it felt like most of this book revolved around his pursuit of Kerri, it lent itself to the story because it gave Josh an inner conflict: does he choose to push her away and keep the dogs, or win her heart and do as she wants? That small romantic twist added suspense to the book because while Josh wanted to be with her, he wanted to have his dogs, which made him whole again.
There are a host of small themes throughout the book, which I love how each of them interconnect. I will definitely recommend this book to all dog lovers, puppy lovers, holiday enthusiasts, and any one who just loves a good heartwarming book.