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The Dogs of Christmas

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,418 ratings  ·  324 reviews
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
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Forge Books (first published October 2013)
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Susan Parker I'd try Amazon and see if there are any used editions available. (I read it on my Kindle.) It really is a wonderful "light, fluffy read", even during…moreI'd try Amazon and see if there are any used editions available. (I read it on my Kindle.) It really is a wonderful "light, fluffy read", even during the summer. I won't say anything more about the plot as the description of the book is plenty. I found it very enjoyable, especially having lost my dog not long before reading it. An uplifting tale (and tails). (less)
Susan Parker Yes. Unless there's another book by the same name. This is by W. Bruce Cameron. I recommend it, for any time of the year. (It's an adult/young adult…moreYes. Unless there's another book by the same name. This is by W. Bruce Cameron. I recommend it, for any time of the year. (It's an adult/young adult story, very well written.)(less)

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Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
I am a total sucker for anything dog or Christmas related, so I just about died when I saw this book. While I thought it was cute and heartwarming, I wasn’t blown away.

Josh Michaels is a heartbroken man, living alone in the mountains of Colorado. When his neighbor abandons her pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s place, he is not happy at all. He has never owned a dog, has no interest in owning a dog, and is panic-stricken about what he will do with her and her puppies. When he calls the local animal s
Lynne Morgan
I've given this two stars; one because it's a doggy story and the other because it's set in one of my favourite places, Colorado. I really enjoyed A Dog's Journey and A Dog's Purpose and was really looking forward to reading this. I was bitterly disappointed.

The character Josh isn't a particularly likeable man, and while he claimed to have loved the dog and puppies, he seemed all to ready to let them go to please his love interest. This book, rather than being about the dogs was more about Josh
Since this book has puppies in it (and that's really the point...puppies), I couldn't be too harsh on it. The parts with the dogs in them were great. Touching, even. Josh bonding with his dog family was a beautiful thing, his concern for them was adorably sweet.

And then there was the people. For being someone who evidently has had dogs in the past and who works at an animal shelter, Kerri sure is, well, stupid about them and the people who love them. She seems to have been in an animal shelter s
Peggy Tibbetts
A dog story and a Christmas story rolled into one. What could be better than that? A dog story and a Christmas story rolled into one -- and brought to you by Bruce Cameron.

Reclusive computer geek Josh Michaels lives alone outside a small mountain town in Colorado. His girlfriend left him for another man six months earlier and shredded his self-confidence. The last thing he wants is a dog. So when his callous neighbor drops off his pregnant dog on his way out of town, Josh is ripped from his she
a nice read. I am a big dog lover so always enjoy reading another book about dogs. This is a sweet story about a man named Josh who has never owned a dog before. A neighbor all but forces Josh to take care of a dog named Lucy claiming an emergency. Lucy turns out to be very pregnant one thing turns into another now Josh has Lucy and puppies. this takes place two months before Christmas. Kerri who has been assigned to help Josh with six unexpected dogs. over the next eight weeks Josh grows attac ...more
Bonnie Dewkett
Know what dog lovers love to do? Read about other dog lovers! The Dogs of Christmas is written by W. Bruce Cameron (of A Dog's Purpose) and is the sweetest tale of love, redemption, learning, and of course, puppies! The story revolves around around a man who has never owned a dog (gasp!) and knows nothing about the joy, love and companionship that dogs can bring. He learns quickly and on the fly. The journey is filled with humor, difficult lessons and lots of Christmas spirit. This book is a mus ...more
One day, out of the blue, Josh Michael's neighbour leaves him with a very pregnant dog, Lucy, telling him a weird story and leaving. Josh is heart-broken after his girlfriend Amanda has left him for another guy, and he has no idea how to deal with Lucy's state on his own. To make matters worse, Lucy gives birth to still-born puppies and Josh, who has already begun to bond with the dog, feels miserable. But then, by some twisted turn of fortune, someone leaves a crate with five newborn puppies in ...more
Most people who "don't like" dogs probably haven't spent any time with dogs. Such is the case of Josh, a computer geek who is saddled with a pregnant dog. He doesn't want to take her when neighbor suddenly shows up with Lucy and an unlikely story. But he looks into her eyes and really can't refuse.

What ensues is a growing experience for Josh as he learns about caring for a dog from the local vet and Kerri, a worker at the local shelter. He also learns about love, empathy and responsibility—from
A heartwarming holiday read! As always with this author, I was near tears once or twice (in a good way!), but the ending cheered me and made me feel that Christmas-y warm and fuzzy feeling. The characters were believable and relatable, and the dogs were adorable. While it was just a little rushed, being a touch shorter than Cameron's other books, the only thing that really bothered me is wondering what the heck happened to (view spoiler)? He was a jerk, but I still wanted to ...more
This is a warm your heart story about love; love for puppies, mommy dogs, dogs in general and romantic love. It's not overly fluffy, just a light, warm hearted read. This is my first book I have read by W. Bruce Cameron and I liked his style of writing. He made me laugh, connect with the people and the dogs and a couple of times brought a tear to my eye.
Loved this book. It had me laughing and crying. Josh reminded me of my friend who did not like dogs, but when her and her husband rescued a pregnant dog their lives totally changed, just like Josh's did. Great story from beginning to end.
Filipe Dias
Quando vi o titulo deste livro não me despertou grande interesse, podia ser mais um romance puro, o que não faz parte dos meus principais gostos literários. Mas então vi a capa, vi a figura de um cão a ser abraçado por uma rapariga. Gostando de animais senti curiosidade de ler a sinopse. Ainda bem que o fiz....
Este livro conta-nos a estória de Josh, um homem que sofreu um desgosto amoroso e decidiu refugiar-se nas montanhas. Mantém o seu emprego devido às novas tecnologias, a internet, e tudo pa
Maria Ulery
Well if you have never read a book by Mr. Bruce Cameron you are missing out! He has a way with words and dogs! I loved A Dog's Purpose and want to read a Dog's Journey and loved loved loved this book The Dogs of Christmas. In this book you find Josh who has never had a dog and is in his twenty's but a so called neighbor friend leaves/dumps a pregnant dog with him and in the beginning it takes you thru him trying to do his best but also obtain help as she is almost helpless in what to do plus he ...more
This was a cute story, Josh was funny/silly the way he was fumbling around trying to take care of the dogs. Kerri was pretty judgmental and annoying, (view spoiler) An enjoyable read, just what I was looking for.
Mr. Cameron's first two books were outstanding, beyond compare, so my expectation was that I would enjoy this one as much. I am just over halfway through it, struggling to finish, and have decided to give up. It is boring and I really dislike the two human main characters. Kerri, the woman, is abrasive and inappropriate. And I question the judgment of a man, Josh, who would fall for her as he has. I'm done with this book. If you read "A Dog's Purpose" and "A Dog's Journey" and loved them as I di ...more
Josh Michaels, although not looking forward necessarily to the holiday season this year (since he recently broke up with his girlfriend) he is, however, resigned to enjoyed the quiet. When his, not so close, neighbour Ryan shows up begging him to look after his dog while he makes an emergency trip out of town Josh tries to say no, yet before he knows it the Lucy is in his house, her big bag of dog food sitting on the floor next to her food and water bowls. To top it all off, Lucy is VERY pregnan ...more
2 1/2 stars

I liked the parts about the dogs, but the interactions between the humans set my teeth on edge.
This is a must read story for dog lovers and those who love the holiday season. I gave it 4 stars because the main character annoyed me at times, he seemed constantly in denial and unsure about life, until he met and cared for Lucy.

I loved that the background of the story talked about the love dogs have for people, a love so unconditional nothing could ever get in the way.

Dogs make amazing pets and friends and so many people don't see it, especially at Christmas time it's upsetting.

This book
Loved this warm Christmas story about dogs and rescuing them. Read in one day!
Enjoyable story of dog fostering and a holiday romance.

Favorite quote:

"I really, really believe that one of the lessons they [dogs] teach us by loving us so intensely while they are here is that we need to celebrate life while we have it, that yes, everything ends and we have to move on but that while we're here we should make sure we don't waste it, you know?"

And another one:

"That's the lesson of the dogs, that it's important to both live in the moment and then go on to the next wonderful thin
Lis Carey
Josh Michaels, a website and user interface designer, still heartbroken from his girlfriend dumping him months ago, has a very pregnant dumped on him by his neighbor. The neighbor has a fraught story of the dog being dumped on him by his girlfriend who left, and having to leave the country immediately to bail out his brother in France. Josh has never had a dog, doesn't want a dog, but when his neighbor takes off, leaving the dog behind, he has to do the best he can.

Especially when the dog, Lucy,
Miyoko Lim
While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh's Colorado home. Though he's never had a dog before, Josh is determined to do the best he can for Lucy and her soon-to-arrive puppies. He calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, who 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. ... Although Josh could have abandoned lucy and ...more
A perfect Christmas read...a bit early, I know, but it completely melted my heart!! Josh is a recluse with a lot of emotional baggage living in a little mountain town in Colorado. (Awesome that it took place in Evergreen because I have visited there and love it!) He has never had a dog, but suddenly finds himself with a dog & a litter of puppies. A little romance and a lot of adorable in this book!!! A must read for dog lovers or anyone in the mood for a feel-good Christmas book.
Yet another winner by W. Bruce Cameron! I love his writing! I will post a more comprehensive review on my blog, Smoke & Mirrors (, as I have done for his other three animal-related books. I particularly admire an author who donates part of the proceeds of each sale to a worthy cause, as Cameron did with this. If you ordered through his Web site ( before Christmas, a portion of the cost was donated to various humane organizations, and you ha ...more
Four stars because it's about dogs.
The story is sweet and a very quick read. The humans are confusing, complicated characters who are written in a fairly shallow way. Their motivations are a mystery, really. But given the length of the book and the awesome puppy-ness, I think it's more or less an appropriate amount of time spent on the bipedals.
Pretty good pacing throughout the book. Recommend to a dog lover who wants a feel good story.
Linda  Van Wert
Josh Michaels who is heartbroken, lives alone after his girlfriend, Amanda takes off with a guy she meets at work, is tasked with the care of a pregnant dog named Lucy. Josh has never had a dog before and is unsure how to care for a dog, let alone a very pregnant dog. He does take her to a vet, but unfortunately due to bad nutrition all her puppies are stillborn. Someone drops off a box of new born puppies in the back of Josh's truck. He discovers the five newborn puppies just in time to save th ...more
After enjoying the author's "A Dog's Purpose", I was disappointed by this book, which seemed rather predictable, and featured a leading man who was impossibly dense, bringing to mind the stereotyped clueless male often featured in television commercials advertising anything not job-related.
Stephanie A.
Attention: here is a book that is literally 95% about a single guy rescuing an abandoned pregnant dog and taking care of her and the puppies. There's no setup to learn about the guy first; it takes less than five pages before said dog is on his doorstep, and this is a small book with small pages. The dogs emerge with distinct personalities and are talked about on almost every page. The only other major plotline is the pending romance with the woman who works at the shelter -- just in case there ...more
Marilyn Fontane
I had previously read A Dog's Purpose, which I thoroughly enjoyed, followed by A Dog's Journey, a sequel to A Dog's Purpose, which did not live up to its predecessor. So I was of mixed mind when I saw the Dogs of Christmas at the bookstore, but then it was the Christmas season, a time of schmaltz, so I thought what the heck... While not up to A Dog's Purpose, it was an enjoyable, even delightful Christmas fantasy. Josh Michaels, who has never owned a dog, suddenly has one dumped on him by a neig ...more
Josh has just been left with a female dog, Lucy, who is very pregnant. He didn't want her and had never had a dog in his life so was afraid he didn't know how to take care of her, let alone her puppies. And so, begins a journey of love, attachment and fear for Josh, who finds that having a dog is one of the best things in the world and letting go is one of the hardest.

This is a wonderful, feel good story that mostly takes place at my favorite time of year. I chuckled at the antics of the puppies
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