While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.
Soon in over his head, Josh calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, a beautiful woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals. As Kerri teaches Josh how to care for Lucy’s tiny puppies and gets them ready to be adopted through the shelter’s “Dogs of Christmas” program, Josh surprises himself by falling for her.
But he’s fallen even harder for his new furry family, which has brought incredible joy into Josh’s life. He barely has time to sit down, between chasing after adventurous Sophie and brave Oliver, but when he does, his lap is quickly filled by the affectionate Lola. And Rufus and Cody’s strong bond makes Josh wonder about his own relationships with his family.
With Christmas and the adoption date looming, Josh finds himself wondering if he can separate himself from his beloved puppies. At odds with Kerri, Josh isn’t willing to lose her, but doesn’t know how to set things right. Can a surprise litter of Christmas puppies really change one man’s life?
W. Bruce Cameron's The Dogs of Christmas is a charming and heartwarming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.
"When I attended the Tattered Cover's event featuring The Dogs of Christmas, I hadn't been intending to buy a copy, but the presentation was engaging and Cameron committed to donating $2.00 from each sale that night to Life Is Better, a rescue organization run by his daughter Georgia. The added presence of a sweet, gigantic dog named Portia, who was rescued from someone who beat her with a baseball bat and is now in a program that helps people cope with PTSD, convinced me not to resist.
The story tells of Josh Michaels and Lucy, a dog he's suddenly, and reluctantly, caring for, while trying to sort out his own human troubles. He's completely ignorant about dogs at first, but plunges in enthusiastically, once he accepts the responsibility. What follows is a tale of human and canine ups and downs, by turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, and the possibilities for growth offered by second chances.
I'm an inveterate cat person, myself, but have for the last couple years come to see why people like dogs, too, thanks to a wonderful shelter dog named Maxy. The target audience of The Dogs of Christmas will clearly be dog lovers, but I would also recommend it to people who think they aren't dog lovers. They just might be surprised!"