A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid
The local animal shelter has created a new program called “Adopt a Dog for Christmas.” Todd McCray decides that his family should remove a dog from the show the week before Christmas. However, there is a big problem with Todd’s plan. He is a 20-year-old mentally disabled adult boy who still lives at his farm home in Kansas with his parents and his dad doesn’t want a dog. Todd can be very persuasive, so it doesn’t take him long to convince his father that this is a good plan. George, his father, tells Todd that he will agree to the plan, but that Todd must realize that Christmas ends on December 26 and that the dog returns to the shelter that day. Todd understands and promises that the dog will be returned to the shelter.
While they are at the shelter choosing their dog, Todd asks the shelter manager what will happen to the other dogs. He is very concerned when he learns that those dogs will be spending Christmas in their kennels at the shelter.
It has been McCray’s Christmas custom to hold an open house on the Sunday before Christmas and almost every family in his small town stops by. On that open house, Todd begins telling everyone about the shelter and the “Adopt a Dog for Christmas” program. Little by little, recruit enough families for all the dogs to be adopted for Christmas week.
Well, as you can imagine, the week “Christmas” stays with the McCrays, he works his way into every heart, especially George’s. George, however, is determined to teach Todd that when you make a promise, who must keep it. George has also had some heartbreaking experiences with dogs in the past and is not sure he can survive by giving his love to another dog.
There is no doubt that this is a Christmas first story, but it is also the story of a man who strives to be a good father and a family that fully supports each member. There are so many stories about dysfunctional families, it is wonderful to read about a real family working together to really help each other. If it is a family that reads aloud together, Dog named Christmas was written for you! If you just want to enjoy a Christmas story, you won’t find a better selection. If you’re as stuck with George McCray as I am, you can read his story in the prequel, Christmas with Tucker. Be sure to add them to your bookshelf. Put them right next to Miracle on 34th Street.