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The Christmas Dog

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,750 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Betty Kowalski isn't looking forward to the holidays. She just can't seem to find Christmas in her heart. There's church, of course. But who can she bake for these days? And who would care whether or not she pulled out the Christmas decorations? Her new neighbor just adds to the problem. He's doing home improvements that don't appear to be improving much of anything. These ...more
Kindle Edition, 173 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Revell
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Lisa Gatts
I loved,loved,loved this book!!!! I love reading. With that said I also collect Kindle books.I am NEVER reading just 1 book at a time. Usually I have 5-6 books I read at once because I never know what type of mood I'm gonna be in or what will interest me at that moment.Once I started this book thhough it totally held my attention from beginning to end."The Christmas Dog" just couldn't stop reading it. There is nothing not to like about this book.I LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!(By the way have I told y ...more
Nora St Laurent
Melody Carlson is such a talented and diversified author, so when the opportunity came to receive a review copy of her new Christmas book, I jumped at the chance to read it! Each of Melody’s books has its own voice and style. That’s what I love about her writing. The Christmas Dog is no exception. Melody writes this book in the point of view of Betty Kowalski, an elderly woman who’s preparing for a 50th Anniversary party for her friends right before Christmas. Out of the blue, her granddaughter, ...more
♥ Sandi
Cute book - quick read - during the Christmas season - reminding everyone to have faith and give the benfit of doubt to others. Centered around a Gramma living alone, her family, her neighbors and a stray mutt, that just keeps returning.
Kristi
3.5 stars - I am not frequently a fan of Christian fiction. When it comes to holiday reads I don't mind a bit of it, as long as it isn't too heavy handed. It can be good to be pulled out of all the commercialism of the holiday.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was nice to believe in modern day miracles for a little bit and to witness three people in very different stages of life and grappling with the troubles those entail really transform and hold each other up. Some of the "lessons" were a tad h
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Peggy
Betty Kowalski, a senior citizen, is not so sure she wants to celebrate the holidays this year. She has outlived her husband, her children are grown and have lives of their own, all her favorite neighbors have died or moved away. She isn't even sure if she wants to bake cookies for her neighbors, especially the grubby guy who moved in next door and is totally demolishing the insides of the home and leaving the junk strewn across the lawn.

When a tny brown dog turns up on her doorstep, she is sur
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Cindy
Melody Carlson
2009
Revell
Fiction/Contemporary

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Betty Kowalski is getting older, times are changing, her children and grandchildren are all grown. And she has a crazy new neighbor, Jack Jones. He is living in the Spencer's house, but no one seems to know who he is. Only that he is not friendly and is up at all hours of the night.

In the middle of Betty's holidays her grand daughter Avery appears after being missing for a few months. Happy to see her safe and sound, Betty is en
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Leah
Betty was planning on spending Christmas alone, but then she received two uninvited guests. One was a dog whom she thought belonged to her backyard neighbor, someone she did not get along with. The other was her stepgranddaughter running away from home. She did not want a dog and she did not want her stepgranddaughter to be in the middle of a fight with her mother. The dog and the granddaughter teach Betty some valuable lessons on judging others before she truly meets them.

I give the story five
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Christy
This is the 2nd book I have read by Ms Carlson in the last week. This is a quick and delightful read that anyone would enjoy. A charming holiday story about how life changes over the passage of time.

One the main characters is Betty Kowalski. It is Christmas and she is getting older, things are changing in her life, her husband passed away decades ago and her children and grandchildren are grown up. So she feels lonely. To add to her feelings of loneliness is her new neighbor, Jack Jones. He mov
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Clockstein Lockstein
The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson is a heart-warming story of the unexpected ways love can come into our lives. Betty Kowalski isn't looking forward to the holidays this year. Widowed for many years with her children living far away, she can't even muster up the desire to put up decorations. Her interactions with the cranky next-door neighbor Jack certainly haven't helped. When a dirty, skinny dog runs from his yard into hers, she assumes that it belongs to Jack and tries to return it, only to ...more
Tarissa
Dec 03, 2009 Tarissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, adults
This is a fun Christmas book, with plenty of lively characters to go 'round. It's the story of what happens when a little mixed-breed pup lands on Betty's doorstep during the blustery days of December.

At first, she is sure that she doesn't want to keep the dog. After all, she's a grandmother who lives by herself. How would she keep up with a spunky dog running about the house? She has too many other troubles anyways, namely her disturbing neighbor, Jack. He plays loud music by day, and runs his
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Jerry Newhouse
May 09, 2013 Jerry Newhouse rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a good short Christmas story
It's a good short Christmas story about the troubles an old woman is having adjusting to life's changes. She is at a turning point in her life. She must decide whether to face and adjust to her new circumstances, or stay the same and run away.

The story is pretty straight forward and nothing out of the ordinary for this genre. There is one truly amazing aspect of this story that makes it stand out from the rest: the excellent, detailed development of the main character, Betty. If you have ever ha
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Shari Larsen
It's almost Christmas, Betty Kowalski is feeling blue. She just cannot find any holiday spirit. She has her church, but who is there to bake for these days? And who would care whether or not she got her Christmas decorations out?

Her new neighbor just adds to her problems, he is doing home improvements that don't seem to be improving much of anything, and when Betty looks out her window into his yard, she sees a beat up truck, piles of junk, and an old pink toilet. She also has a troubled grandda
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Donna
I couldn't resist this little Christmas Kindle freebie. And I'm glad that I read it. There are a couple of things about the neighbor Jack that I found completely implausible (his about face in character is a little too unbelievable) but overall this is a heartwarming little tale with a small dog as the hero. Who wouldn't like that at Christmas time? And the book carries a good message about being kind to others and thinking of others before yourself. I liked it and recommend it for a nice read b ...more
Bobbie
A little bit of a spin on the Christmas Visitor story. A nice Christian story without any preaching.

Being partial to animals I got the book for my Kindle Fire without even bothering to read the description. It had Dog in the title and as a bonus Christmas too, so it was definitely on my "to read" list.

I wish it had gone longer. I didn't want to give up the characters yet. I wanted to know them longer and that was the only dissapointment in this book; it ended too soon.
Renee
I'm not a dog person so I was uncertain if I would enjoy The Christmas Dog; I am happy to report this book was enjoyable. Betty is alone and becoming a grumpy ole woman until three unexpected gifts come into her life: a new neighbor, an unexpected guest and a stray dog. I enjoyed the way that Melody Carlson brought all the characters into the plot and connected their lives. A delightful read even outside of the Christmas season.
Ginger
Very touching story involving a widow, her granddaughter, a "grumpy" neighbor and a stray dog. You just never know how someone or something will walk into your life, changing how you feel or making you realize there just might be something missing from your life (and you never knew it!). A great feel-good story for this Holiday season.

**Can easily be read in a day or weekend!**
Patricia Amundson
Such a heart-warming story about a mutt who brought neighbors together through the remarkable gift of love. It literally made me cry as I read this beautiful story and how dogs are those mysterious messengers from God who show people how to have love and compassion for each other. This book is definitely a keeper!
Rayni
Nov 30, 2012 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Feel good, Christmas
Recommended to Rayni by: Inspired Reads
I LOVED this book. It's the first Melody Carlson book I've read. I wouldn't be adverse to getting more. It was a feel good book & hard to put down. In fact, I read it in one sitting. I noticed it shelved as "romance." I didn't find it a romance, but it could certainly have turned into one. Loved the message it gave.
Loraine
Once again Melody Carlson has delivered a delightful Christmas read. Stray Christmas dog "Ralphie" has wandered into the lives of 3 lonely, problem filled people. Ralphie's job is to help them find their Christmas spirit, friendship and second chances in life.
Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis
Very quick read. Wonderful story of three people in different stages of life and how the grieving process is so close to each other. And how a cute little dog brings happiness to all. This is the first story I have read by Melody Carlson and it wont be the last.
✿Sandra
This was a quick and easy read but a good reminder that we need to sometimes stop and think about what others might be going through. It's also about how a K9 friend can make a big difference in people's lives!
Barb Wittwer
I absolutely loved this light hearted story of an older lady jumping to conclusions! It was a beautiful story easy to read and left you feeling good. Cute shot story to read together as a family.
Beth Cutwright
This was a truly heart warming Christmas story, told from first person point of view of Betty Kowalski. Betty was alone at Christmas. Her grown children were far away and involved with plans of their own leaving poor Betty quite alone for the holidays. No one was around to decorate for, to bake for, or to share the holidays with.

Not in the holiday spirit, she was further distressed by the neighbor behind her doing his remodeling and junking the yard with the innards of the remodeled home. His di
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Lori
Dec 03, 2009 Lori rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends, family, Christian fiction fans, Christmas stories fans
This was only my second Christmas story for 2009...I'm so far behind! I've usually read at least a handful by now. I like to start in November, but I have been busier than usual this holiday season.

At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy The Christmas Dog; it just didn't grab my attention at the beginning. I had to "force" myself to keep reading, but I eventually got into the story. However, even though it carries a touching message, the story seemed really rushed and sporadic to me. I woul
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Alexandra
I got this book free on my Nook and it sounded like a cute story. But I found it really boring and I didn't like any of the characters, except the dog. Everyone seemed rude and judgemental. I actually liked Jack from the start, even though I don't think the author wanted me to. But that's probably because I disliked Betty immediately too. This book really didn't have much that I enjoyed. Maybe if I were older I would like it more. Betty is a grandmother so maybe I'm just too young to relate to h ...more
Just - The romance reader
I didn't finish this one. The premise was good, and I'm a definite Melody Carlson fan, but I just couldn't muster up the desire to read the whole book. After the first 40 pages or so I started skimming. Part of my problem was the main character, Betty. She's an older woman, a widow with grown children who have moved away, and so I think she's a bit lonely. But she seems very stuck in her ways, and although she's a Christian who says seems to have a strong faith, she doesn't seem very accepting o ...more
Cathy
Cute story about an elderly woman living in a changing neighborhood. Is Jack, the young man who has recently moved in, a low-life? He runs power tools all night long - and we musn't forget all the loud music. The house is being torn apart. Jack is surly to all the neighbors.
When a little dog shows up, peeing on a prized tree, Beverly is aghast. She sees the dog run through a hole in the fence into Jack's yard. Of course, such a rude man would have a rude dog!
But the dog just won't go away, even
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Chris
This isn't really my cuppa. I do like the use of an older heroine though. It is edited as well. If you like Hallmark Christmas movies, you might like this.



Love the cover, however.
Joe Macko
Wow, great book! I read a lot of science fiction and science type (physics, cosmology, astronomy, etc) books. Once in a while, between these reads, I enjoy just kicking back and reading something a little more relaxing. The fact that I am a softy for kids and dogs BINGO this Christmas story was just right. A very fast read it was hard to put down. I would rank this up there with some the classic Christmas stories like, Miracle on 34th Street. As a matter of fact, I feel this story would make a g ...more
Beckie Burnham
Another day, another Christmas book! I am steadily reading my way through the Christmas category on my Kindle. And what better way to treat myself but with a novella by the Queen of Christmas Books! I think that Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Dog, just might be my favorite of her many titles. I loved this book, and think you will to.

Betty is tired and lonely and not really willing to get out of her ruts. But when her adult granddaughter and a lost little dog show up on her doorstep, Betty is cha
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi
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