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The Dogs of Christmas

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,257 ratings  ·  697 reviews
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
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Forge Books (first published October 2013)
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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
'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 ...more
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
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
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
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 ...more
Jonny Parshall
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doggos-and-cats

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
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.
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 ...more
☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I actually enjoyed this book a lot. The writing was great. Definitely recommend.
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
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
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 ...more
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.
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
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, hardcover
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
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2016, 1-star, fiction
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.
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.
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
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 ...more
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
Bailey Turner
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about puppies who get abandoned in a box in the back of a persons truck and he does not know what to do because his freind has already droped his dog of with him and he has never even had a dog and he lives alone and has nobody he just broke up with his girlfreind and the dogs will soon help the person get it connection with a person that may be his future love.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, christmas
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.
Addison Zizkovsky
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The dogs of Christmas is a good book. There is some twists in there. In the beginning, there is a dog name Lecy and she is a good dog. When her owner finds puppies 2 months old, Lecy the dog helps out. What will happen to the puppies and Lecy?
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.
[Shai] Bibliophage
If you are a dog lover, you will appreciate this heartwarming story on the joys of having these furry companions and the lessons they teach unintentionally.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 0-dl, contemporary, 2014
2 1/2 stars

I liked the parts about the dogs, but the interactions between the humans set my teeth on edge.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Crystal (theleisurelibrary)
**Book Review** The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron
Rating: (3 Stars)
NOTE: This review has been modified from my blog post found at:
This book was very predictable. I truly believe that it should be turned into a Hallmark movie for the Christmas Holiday series. I really did enjoy Josh Michaels although at times he really made me mad, but of course the relationship with Kerri had to fail in able for them to fall madly in love in the end. I did like how the idea
Melanie  Brinkman
Sep 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: own-c
While a lot of people would consider having a dog come to stay with them as something to be excited about, Josh Michaels is anything but. It's the last thing he wants when his neighbor dumps the pregnant dog Lucy on him. Then when Lucy has the puppies he has to figure out what to do from there.

This is my first W. Bruce Cameron book.

Overall this book was heartwarming and entertaining. It does have its flaws though.

Lucy and her puppies were adorable and I loved every minute that they were talked
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