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A puppy for Christmas! What could be better? Dan McCoy and his capable wife June find out when Santa gives them a frolicsome hairball named Elf, a Silky Terrier on the Christmas wish list of nefarious dognappers who want to steal him in a murderous scheme to win "Best in Show" at Westminster. Elf foils the plot when he brings Macy's Parade to a tumultuous halt in a comedic ...more
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Published October 27th 2010 by Donelson, Dave (first published November 16th 2006)
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Ivana
Hunting Elf, a doggone Christmas story by Dave Donelson is a delightfully amusing whodunit set in suburban New York. Prize-winning dogs, demented dog breeders and well-meaning dog owners slash would be detectives feature heavily in this humorous caper which centers around Elf, a purebred Silky Terrier puppy with seriously desirable lineage, a couple of crazy old bags who will stop at nothing to get him, and Dan, Elf’s hapless human, who just wants to be left in peace at Christmas time. But ‘tis ...more
Sue Morris
Feb 08, 2011 Sue Morris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults and young adults
Shelves: fiction, my-library
Elf is a purebred Silky Terror, I mean Terrier, who is the last son of a world famous champion show dog. When the breeder dies a mysterious death, her husband sells the entire litter, including Elf, to people wanting pets. Three local breeders/dog show fanciers want Elf for his bloodline. Instead he goes home with June McCoy who intends on giving Elf to her mother for Christmas. June's mother doesn't want to care for a dog, but that's OK because Elf has taken off. And so begins the adventures of ...more
Dave
Jun 14, 2008 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
by Harvey Karp

(January 18, 2007) Larchmont, Mamaroneck and other nearby locations fill the pages of Hunting Elf, a new novel by local author Dave Donelson. The book tells the story of Elf, a Silky Terrier puppy with uncontrollable wanderlust, and a posse of murderous dog fanatics in hot and hilarious pursuit through many thinly-disguised Westchester spots.

The novel is based on the escapades of a real pup named Elf, who ran away from Mr. Donelson’s former Mamaroneck home a few days before he was
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Birgit
What a perfect time to read this book! But that's certainly not the only reason why I can whole-heartedly recommend it to readers of all ages.
Dave Donelson managed to write not only a witty and at times outright hilarious story of a dog on the loose and his rather unmotivated owner Dan chasing after him (as do others who'd even kill to get their hands on the puppy), but he did so with love to detail which dog owners will certainly appreciate.
This is a fast-paced read with a whole lot of memorab
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Pattianne
Jan 17, 2014 Pattianne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A puppy for Christmas? What could be better! Dan McCoy and his capable wife June find out when Santa gives them a frolicsome hairball named Elf, a Silky Terrier with champion bloodlines and the table manners of Groucho Marx at a Hunter S. Thompson New Year's Eve party. He's also on the Christmas wish list of nefarious dognappers who want to steal him as part of a murderous plot to win the silver cup for Westminster's "Best In Show." Elf foils everybody's plots, though, and brings M
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Tanja
Hilarious! I was laughing out loud within a few pages. The story surrounds a rambunctious puppy named Elf. Elf is purchased as a Christmas present, but bring a whole lot of baggage with him. Hunting Elf is full of crazy people. Elf has other plans. He wants to stay with his half trained humans.

The characters are likable but a little too crazy to be believable. Fortunately the writing and fast pace of the story makes up for that. Hunting Elf is more of a mystery than a Christmas story and can ea
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Releanna
this is a very funny and also sometimes quite touching story! Elf is a great strong-minded puppy, very individual. I sometimes felt sorry and at the same time a bit annoyed with Dan as he cannot stand up to his wife.
The dogshow-witches I'm afraid do exist in reality - animal-beauty-shows I always thought of being very horrible.
It is a really great read.
Dori
Actual rating 3.5.
This was a really cute book, but it's not something I'd generally read. It's in the "light read" category, and if that's what you are looking for (which I was), I'd certainly recommend it.
Raquel
It's a really good Christmas story. Not too sweet, and very funny. I could see it,already as a TV holiday movie (watch out ABC and hallmark lol).”
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