The Puppy That Came for Christmas: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

The Puppy That Came for Christmas: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

by Megan Rix
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The Puppy That Came for Christmas: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy by Megan Rix

Marley, Oogy, Huck-and now, Traffy, the "forever dog" that changed one couple's life.

All Megan Rix ever wanted was a baby. Yet, month after month, Megan's dreams were dashed. Would her life ever feel complete?

Megan and her husband, Ian, found a surprising answer when they began training golden retriever pups to become service dogs for people with disabilities. But opening their homes and hearts up to Emma, and then Freddy-only to have each move on after six months-eventually took its own toll. Megan and Ian didn't know if they could continue. Then, one Christmas, little Traffy came along ... and stayed. An instant U.K. bestseller, The Puppy That Came for Christmas is a heartwarming and inspirational story that will captivate dog lovers everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452297487
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 680,069
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Megan Rix is an award-winning and Sunday Times bestselling author. She was born in London, and lived in the United States, New Zealand, and Singapore before marrying her husband, Ian, and settling in England. She has two dogs.

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Puppy That Came for Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
PASrCatLady More than 1 year ago
This book was a very heartwarming story. It shows how service dogs are trained for people with disabilities and the great love they share with those who train them. The book brings both tears and laughter while being read.
kimberouch More than 1 year ago
Meg and Ian are going through some changes in their lives. They are struggling to have a child and not sure how to create a family. They start small with a dog. They become puppy parents to some future Helper Dogs. Meg finds a home with the Helper Dogs organization. These pups are trained to assist people with a variety physical disabilities. Each set of puppy parents nurture and train their dog so they can continue on to becoming a full fledged helper dog. Meg and Ian take the lovable Emma into their hearts and home. We get to see the trials and tribulations of training and puppy life. The hardest part is letting Emma continue on her training after six months. It also hurts that Meg is no closer to becoming pregnant. With more puppies to be trained Meg and Ian continue on this journey of exploration. With new and old friends, cuddly puppies, and plenty of love everyone finds their way. The book was an easy read and fun story. It could be a little sporadic from time to time. The telling of past and future events got muddled into the present. It is a great book for dog lovers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In her early forties, Megan and Ian Rix wanted a baby, but even fertility treatments seemed to fail. Rather than mope, they train golden retriever pups as Helper Dogs for people with disabilities. However, six months as "foster" parents to Emma, followed by Freddy broke their hearts when the canines moved into their permanent homes. Ready to quit as trainers, Traffy The Puppy That Came for Christmas, joins the household. However Traffy remained a permanent member of the Rix household. With an obvious nod to John Grogan's Marley and Me, Traffy is indeed the dog who brought joy to the Rix family. Well written, canine lovers will appreciate Megan Rix's account of how much happiness a dog that is part of a loving family brings to the bonded household. Harriet Klausner
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Megan and Ian Rix have desperately been trying to have a baby. Megan feels as though a baby would finally complete their family. Throughout the numerous failed attempts, the couple has kept their struggles quiet. Along the way, they find a group called Helper Dogs. This group trains puppies to assist humans with disabilities. Megan and Ian get to experience all the joys and heartache of fostering two little puppies over the course of a year, until they finally get their forever dog. The Puppy that Came for Christmas is a beautifully written memoir. Megan’s emotions shine through her words as she struggles to conceive. She keeps her story honest by showing the good times as well as the bad, such as medication failures or experiencing jealousy over her brother’s surprise announcement. However, puppy lovers around the world can relate to all the pleasures and sorrows that comes with Emma, Freddy and eventually Traffy. With their first dog, Megan tells readers about each of Emma’s triumphs and the new world of possibilities that opens from being a doggie parent. Then Freddy brings a bit of silliness to help distract from the pain of Emma’s graduation. Readers will laugh, cry and ooh and ahh throughout this inspirational book. Notes: This review was written for My Sister's Books and Sasee Magazine. This review was posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
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The best book ever
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Please don't tell me the ending of this book bacause I'm almost done and it is a great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Okk this book is sad funny and cute I love this book ans so will you if you dont love this book read it til' you do!!! Emma D.
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