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A Dog Named Christmas | [Greg Kincaid]

A Dog Named Christmas

Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.
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Publisher's Summary

Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

Using his special charms and gifts of persuasion, Todd encourages his whole community to help in the "adopt a dog for Christmas program" and, more importantly, teaches his family the true meaning of goodwill.

©2008 Greg Kincaid; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    David Phillips Asheville North Carolina 01-19-14
    David Phillips Asheville North Carolina 01-19-14 Member Since 2013

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    If you could sum up A Dog Named Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    A very sweet story, which was a joy to listen to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the father, he was wise and commical.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definately.


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    Amazon Customer AMARILLO, TX, United States 01-19-14
    Amazon Customer AMARILLO, TX, United States 01-19-14
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    "A much needed heart-warmer"
    What did you love best about A Dog Named Christmas?

    I loved the fact that I couldn't stop listening - whether it was at WalMart buying groceries or just resting on the couch.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is the son though I can't remember his name.


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    Debra Fletcher, OK, United States 01-11-14
    Debra Fletcher, OK, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Christmas never ends"
    Would you listen to A Dog Named Christmas again? Why?

    I will be listening to this one again. Wonderful story about family and healing. Loved the characters and the first person telling of the story. The narrator was perfect for this one. Wonderfully surprised and ended with a heartfelt feel good spirit.


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    Owen 01-05-14
    Owen 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "We will share this with our kids"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Todd was as loving and compassionate as we wish the whole world could be.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark Bramhall's narration was spot on. He understood the story at the heart level.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Dog Named Christmas and why?

    Todd's Mom and Dad were faced with some difficult challenges, yet overcame them and allowed their love for one another to heal the wounds. My wife and I can understand their love as expressed through their son and the dog named Christmas.


    Any additional comments?

    As dog owners, we get it.

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    Susan 01-05-14
    Susan 01-05-14

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Sweet Story Enjoyed the Message and Relationships"

    Looking for a few good Christmas stories and I came across this one. It will not be a future classic, but it is a nice message with a positive ending. There is hope for the future if parents will follow this parent's lesson for his son. Very nice.

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    Karen NASHUA, NH, United States 01-02-14
    Karen NASHUA, NH, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.

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    "Utterly delightful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Christmas to be better than the print version?

    Yes, absolutely. It is important to hear the nuances of voice when dealing with dogs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie, of course, but Scott was very well developed. I have a rescued, emotionally damaged dog who has strange reactions and actions, so I really appreciated Maggie's viewpoint.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration and voice distinction.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an unexpected pleasure, a gift to myself during the Christmas season.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-02-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-02-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Let Christmas Melt Your Heart"

    A farmer's sad experiences with dogs that goes all the way back to his childhood and follows him to the war in Vietnam, and has haunted him for more than 40 years . . . well, it is evidence that a child still lives inside us all. This story, so different than all the other Christmas stories that I've listened to and loved, is all about the relationship between a man and his "slow" son. Maybe his boy is mentally retarded or autistic, it really doesn't matter. He is his son, and he wants him to learn to live in a "grown up" world. As he goes about trying to teach him responsibility and how to keep his word, he is surprised to discover that we are never too old to learn or to heal.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-31-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An Excellent Message"

    I really enjoyed this cute story. The narration was good and the constant focus on adopting a dog sends a positive message. It isn't often that books that deal with adopting from shelters are happy books, but this one was uplifting. Very good!!!!

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    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 12-27-13
    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Awwwww"

    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 velcro dogs. It is our responsibility to keep them safe.
    The story is about taking a shelter dog home for the Christmas holiday and then returning afterward, if you haven't fell in love. Good ole' Dad was following the rules and insisting on bringing the dog back after Christmas, because that was the deal. Well, duh! Shelter dogs need homes. He didn't realize he could adopt the dog? Grrrr! Little things like that was the reason for only 3 stars.
    But overall, the book kept my interest. The love of family and community was like "Mayberry". I wanted to give the special needs boy, Todd a hug. This is a feel good book, with an educational story about all the dogs in need of homes and what we all can do to help.

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    Christine KELLER, TX, United States 12-27-13
    Christine KELLER, TX, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to A Dog Named Christmas again? Why?

    My family listened to it during over Christmas break, we were doing a puzzle while it was playing. The whole family enjoyed it, my mom especially thought it was a wonderful story.


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