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From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!

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 deter
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Hardcover, 233 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Forge Books (first published October 2013)
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Diana
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is adorable.

After reading 2 other books by Cameron (A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey) I was happy when a friend lent me The Dogs of Christmas to read. The author took a bit of a different approach with this one. Although dogs are definitely involved, The Dogs of Christmas is more of a romance novel.

My favorite thing about Cameron's other 2 books I read was that the dogs were the narrators. The Dogs of Christmas is not told from a dog's point of view. The narrator is Josh, who unex
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Leila
'A Dog for Christmas' is a light and readable tale with the main theme being all about the bond between dogs and humans which can be unbreakable. Life suddenly changes for a young man living alone who is conned into taking in a heavily pregnant dog (Lucy) allegedly on a temporary basis.He knows nothing about keeping a dog and consequently is totally out of his depth. As the story unfolds there are themes of love, learning, trust and romance. The season of Christmas does figure in the story.I fee ...more
Stephanie
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Lynne Morgan
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Peggy Tibbetts
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Bonnie Dewkett
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nora
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Melodie
This was a wonderful Christmas story, short and very sweet. To me it was definitely up to his usual standard. A never-had-a-dog person gets a very pregnant dog dumped on him . What follows was alternately pitiful, funny and heart warming. In a short story the author was able to define the conflict, stick a few twists in that took some time to resolve and come together for the big finish.
And yes, I readily admit being reduced to a puddle more than once.
Jonny Parshall
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doggos-and-cats
dogs.

This book is total fluff, innit. Well-written fluff, but still 100 percent cheese. But that's what this time of year is for. It's about curling up with your dog, blaring the Christmas jams, watching Hallmark movies, and reading about all of the above.

As a side note (and NOT a spoiler), on page 41, a woman discusses having moved to Colorado from Michigan, and then remarking how she was unprepared for the drastically changing weather. It is from reading this dialogue I have doubts the author
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Gina
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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Lori
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals-dogs
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
☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I actually enjoyed this book a lot. The writing was great. Definitely recommend.
Michael Araujo
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review may contain some spoilers!

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron was my first ever Blind Date Book from Barnes and Noble. I saw the mention of Christmas and dogs and had always wanted to participate. When I unwrapped it and saw the cover I immediately fell in love. As I read, that love continued to grow, at least for the animals and not the people.

The story follows the main character Josh, who gets a female dog dumped on him and then finds a box of puppies in his truck. We see as
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Linda
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
RACHEL RANSOM
Dec 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is like a cheesy, unrealistic hallmark movie. I liked the dogs and josh's reaction to them but every bit of interaction with other people, especially Kerri, is totally unrealistic. Kerri is a bitch who acts erratically, is cocky not charming, and doesn't really know what she's talking about when it comes to dogs. The love story consists of several mostly awkward meetings between Josh and Kerri and culminates with them telling each other they love each other with absolutely no reason th ...more
Cheri
I loved "A Dog's Purpose" and I liked "A Dog's Journey" very much. The Dogs of Christmas was likeable, and I could even see this making a decent Christmas movie, but I wasn't really looking for a book about romance with dogs as a factor.

I did like the changes that take place in the main character, and it did have some of the touches of the philosophy that made "A Dog's Purpose... /... Journey" so charming. It is the love story with Lucy that ultimately makes the story.
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Antoinette
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
If you love dogs, you will love this book. If you love dogs, this book tells you something you already know- dogs enrich our lives and fill our lives with love. It was great seeing a newbie learn this in this book. A fun read!
Cat
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, ebook
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
Maria Ulery
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Wendy
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardcover, fiction
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
Kim
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
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.
Jen
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, fiction, read-2016
This was painfully bad. From the characters who were unlikeable and uninteresting to the bad romance that moved in a halting gate to the predictable outcomes and the trite comments about puppies and how amazing dogs are, this book was nearly unreadable. What's even more surprising is that I don't mind predictability and I like puppies. I expected this to be okay not great and it couldn't even reach that very low bar I'd set for it. ...more
Andrea
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars only because it involved puppies. The human characters are very poorly written and impossible to relate to. I had high hopes for this book after loving A Dog's Purpose but was disappointed. ...more
Mo
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 0-dl, 2014
2 1/2 stars

I liked the parts about the dogs, but the interactions between the humans set my teeth on edge.
Lindsay D
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book about dogs at Christmas. What’s not to like?
Amy "the book-bat"
I loved the puppies so much! Kerri not so much, she was somewhat manipulative toward Josh, who was kind of spineless. Overall, I thought it was a decent enough romance set around Christmas and the puppies made the book fun and cute. I was near tears a couple times when (view spoiler) I especially liked the relationship between the puppies Rufus and Cody. I have seen a similar t ...more
Michelle
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A completely heartwarming story of finding love again all with the help of some very cute doggos! Any animal lover will not be able to put this story down.
Susanne Huizing
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I give this book 2 paws 🐾 up. It reads like a Hallmark movie for dogs. A great read for any lover of dogs, Christmas, and love.
Patty
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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samanthaschulteis
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I chose to read "The Dogs of Christmas" because I wanted something to put me in the Christmas mood. I can't particularly say that this novel accomplished that, but it was still a good, heart-warming story. The book starts out in the middle of October, so it was into the final chapters of the story until Christmas rolled around. I loved the plot line of the story too. I think that the story was well crafted from the beginning, when a random dog was dropped off on Josh's door step, to then end. I ...more
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