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A Dog Named Christmas (A Dog Named Christmas #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,418 ratings  ·  337 reviews
In this heartwarming novel, author Greg Kincaid tells the tender story of how one very special dog changed the lives of his adoptive family--and an entire town--forever.

""Todd, they always want you to adopt a dog. That's what they do. Besides, we don't need another animal around here, and most definitely not a dog."
"When Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged young man
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Doubleday Books (first published 2008)
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A Dog Named Christmas is a heartwarming short story easily read in one afternoon. Perfect for that Christmas holiday read.
This is not only a doggie feel good story it lightly touchs on subjects like PTSD, which George seemed to suffer from after his service during the Vietnam war, also Todd's disability and how his family cope with this and their worry about his place in society.
A feel good story suitable for all ages.
Dec 22, 2009 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Animal Lovers, Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories
Recommended to Julianna by: Ronda Tutt
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Sometimes it's nice to just kick back with an easy, uncomplicated story that doesn't have any major emotional turmoil, serious conflicts or evil villains to vanquish. In fact, the main purpose of A Dog Named Christmas seems to be that of providing the reader with a feel-good story that is sure to put one in the holiday spirit. A Dog Named Christmas is a simple, straightforward tale of looking for joy in the little things in life and about being of service to others (even

5 Wonderful Stars!! The perfect Christmas read/listen!!

It doesn't get much better than this as far a Christmas reads go. The story was so touching, it was like the most delicious cup of hot chocolate, it warmed me to my soul and left me feeling good!

The dad in the story, George, wants to teach his son, Todd, a life lesson, but he's the one who comes away gaining the most from the experience. It will break your heart when you find out why he's been so resistant in getting a dog. Everyone should
Ronda  Tutt
I wish I could give this book 10 Stars! I highly recommend this book to get you into the wintery Christmas spirit. Even though it is only 148 pages, it is full of love, happiness, and lots of laughter. There were several places in the book where I couldn't help but laugh out loud.

Read and find out about George McCray (vietnam veteran), his wife Mary Ann (High School Teacher), and their special son Todd whom they had 10 years later after raising 4 other children - Todd may be retarded but he has
George, father of Todd who has a mild intellectual disability, gives his son the gift of minding a rescued dog from the local animal shelter for the holidays. As George points out, while Todd may not have the usual traits associated with normally developed people, he has his own unique qualities. One of these is his affinity with animals. A black Labrador cross, given the name Christmas by Todd, comes into the McCray household and melts everyone's hearts, including that of George, who is carryin ...more
Sarah Whisted
Such a sweet story! I've been lacking the desire to read these days and thought that maybe a Christmas themed book would put me in the mood. This book did the trick. Here's some reasons why I loved it.

1. I'm a big dog lover, so any story that centers around finding homes for lonely, unwanted dogs is going to easily win me over.

2. I have a huge soft spot for special needs people. I used to work directly with them and it was nice see one in a book for a change, especially when their inabilities ar
A Dog Named Christmas, by Greg Kincaid is a uplifting book just in time for the holidays.

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 exper
Susan Williams
I read this to my animal-loving thirteen year old son and he loved it. That being said, this book was made into a Hallmark special and it reads like one.
George McCray has a sad history with dogs, having lost a beloved childhood companion, Tucker and then a stray, Charlie, he adopted when he served in Vietnam. So when his developmentally challenged adult son, Todd, begs to adopt a dog from a local shelter for the holidays, he is hesitant at best, curmudgeonly at worst.
After reluctantly relenting
Very heartwarming story about a shelter that is running an "Adopt a Dog for Christmas" program. The dogs can be returned after Christmas but, of course, the shelter is hoping the families who foster the dogs will decide to keep them.
Todd is a farmer's son. He is developmentally disabled but that doesn't stop him from helping around the farm. In fact, he has a special way with animals. When Todd hears about the foster program he hopes to persuade his father to be one of the fosters.
Dad has his ow
I really enjoyed this book, so much so I had it read in an afternoon. I like that the author took one simple idea and seemingly made you feel like you were right there wanting to help just like everyone did in the book. It makes you wish that there were many more people that had that same infectiousness.
Jennifer Garcia
Loved this short story. It was touching and perfect for the holiday season. Feel good, do-good, lovely story of how this dog touched the lives of quite a few people.
Todd, a 20 year old, developmentally disabled young man dedicates himself to an "Adopt a Dog for Christmas" event with the local dog shelter. He is so passionate about the project and the love of animals that it is touching. The whole story was completely heartwarming.

I recommend this to anyone that loves dogs, wants a quick read,
Katie Hauser
An appropriately cheesy book for this sick day. Made me want to hug my dog!
Sharon Huether
A Dog Named Christmas By Greg Kincaid Jake, a dog that roamed ended up at an animal shelter. He was temporairly adopted for Christmas. He was a hero in his adopted household and knew where he wanted to be; not at the shelter. He escaped and found his way back to the farm. He was needed because he filled the needs of all the household; the husband who missed having a dog, the wife seeing her family united by a pet and the son that was mentally challenged that felt that now he had a purpose . His ...more
audiobook 3 discs. By Mark Bramhall. The voice was pleasant. Jake, a dog ran away. He traveled and ended up at a dog shelter. The local shelter was doing an adaption program for Chrsitmas. A farmer George had a youngest son who is somewhat mentally challenged. The son, Todd was 20 years old, but he lived at home and helped George with farm's chores. Todd had special connections with animals, and he wanted to do the adaption, but George had sad experiences with his dogs in the past and did not wa ...more
Riley Vermilya
This book reminded me of a Hallmark movie, complete with family, a little "drama" and a happy ending. A little cheesy, but I STILL liked it and I am a sucker for a dog finding a good home and people doing good deeds on Christmas. Ironically, my sister adopts and finds homes for dogs. She currently has a dog named is FUNNY!
SUMMARY: In this heartwarming novel, author Greg Kincaid tells the tender story of how one very special dog changed the lives of his adoptive family—and an entire town—forever.

“Todd, they always want you to adopt a dog. That’s what they do. Besides, we don’t need another animal around here, and most definitely not a dog.”

When Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged young man still living on his parents’ Kansas farm, hears that a local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for its dogs duri
Cute book. Cheesy, but was to be expected for a sappy book about a dog. The story was a good, uplifting one. Makes me want to go out and adopt all the stray dogs in the world!
Ginny Tata-Phillips
Funny that anyone would say there is no moral to this story - ADOPT from shelters! Quite a simple message, I believe.
I love reading books about dogs as long as it's a happy ending.
This is a sweet book. But as a seasoned dog rescue volunteer, there were parts in this book that drove me bonkers.
The attitude of a dog owner that dogs are free to come and go and choose whom to live with. They called this type of dog "A walk in". These dogs walk into your life and just as easily walk out of your life. Well, duh, if you don't ensure the fence is high enough and secure enough, yes a dog will wander. Not all dogs are v
Jan 14, 2015 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lori by: audible
I usually read heavier, weighter subjects, but sometime one needs something that soothes the soul and in these troubled times this audiobook by Greg Kincaid fits the bill.
It was so perfectly narrated by Mark Bramhall that i cannot imagine having the same experience reading the print version. I listened/read “A Dog Named Christmas” this past December of 2014, but its so heart warming it would be great year round. I don’t want to spoil the story, but will be revealing nothing by stating its about
one of my mothers picks...heartwarming short story
A bit hokey and predictable, but what can you expect in a Christmas story? It did bring me close to tears at times. I didn't really like the narrator's attitude toward dog ownership. Also I didn't like him being "cured" of all his trouble from war and the past dog experiences by the end, especially considering Christmas is an older dog.

I wonder how differently I'd feel if I'd read instead of listen to this book. The reader did a fine job, though I wasn't sure if I should be offended by his voic
Janie  R.

A great story of a dog named Christmas, and he lives up to his name. This would be the kind of dog that I would love to have! One of the main characters, irritated me at times, it was more like his selfish and arrogant attitude,did come around at the end,though- I wouldn't like to have him for a father,though! Another main character was wise beyond his capacity and years, and he gave love unconditionally,even though he was was mentally challenged. I enjoyed this story very much, because I loved
I have to admit to having a weakness for Christmas stories that aren’t too sappy or preachy I also have a weakness for dog stories so this book filled the bill to perfection. I am also the mother of a mentally disabled son so Todd really touched my heart. This is a short and delightful book, it’s about so much more than the dog named Christmas it’s about healing and community and how one person’s good deed can change people’s thinking.

I really enjoyed George’s transformation throughout the book
I bought this book when I won the sequel, "A Christmas Home" on Good reads.I just had to read A Dog named Christmas. A very enjoyable read about a family who decides to "adopt" a dog for one week during the Christmas season from the local animal shelter. Todd is 20 and has "special needs" {it is not told what those needs are} just that he has a developmentally challenged. Todd loves animals and wants to adopt a dog at Christmas time. His dad does not want to. although he likes dogs he has had so ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
With the holiday season virtually upon us, it’s time to pickup a heart-warming story, sit by the fire, and enjoy an evening.

In Greg Kincaid’s sleeper hit of 2008, A Dog Named Christmas takes readers to Cherokee County, Kansas. The snow is beginning to fall on the McCray farm. George has lived there most of his life, and he has raised his family there. Four of his five children have left home and have families of their own. All except Todd.

Todd’s was a late-in-life baby. I suspect a change-of-li
Kathy Davie
First in the McCray Family series about dogs; it's a cute, warm Christmas story for animal lovers. (It was a 2009 Hallmark Hall of Fame hit movie.)

My Take
Oh, this was just so sweet. This was a great family with wonderful values. And tremendous patience.

Some of the sentences were a bit amateurish, but the overall effect was very uplifting. Do pay attention to the prologue as the story is all about Jake/Christmas; I don't feel that Kincaid brought this connection together very well. I didn't catc
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A Dog Named Christmas is the sequel to Christmas With Tucker.

As you remember George McCray loved Tucker and eventually got to keep the dog. George went off to Vietnam and left Tucker behind, and the dog eventually died. George also had befriended a stray dog in Vietnam, which the platoon named Good Charlie. Charlie met his death when he stepped on a land mine.

Now, George is married with children. Most of the children have grown and left to have families and lives of their own. Only one child rem
Athena Nagel
A Dog Named Christmas is the first book in a series by Greg Kincaid. The dog's name is Christmas and his disabled human friend is Todd. This is a story of hope, love and miracles - true to the Christmas spirit. The shelter is trying to get homes to take the animals in, just for the holidays due to lack of staff. Todd gets his father to agree. I read this book (all three books actually) with my daughter and she loved it. We are a family of dog lovers - there are four in our home at the moment - s ...more
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