The Puppy That Came for Christmas

The Puppy That Came for Christmas

How A Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

Book - 2011
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"All Megan Rix ever wanted was a baby. Month after month, she put up a brave face as her dreams were dashed, but secretly she was crushed. What would she do with all of the extra love she felt in her heart? Would her life ever feel complete? She found a surprising answer when she and her husband, Ian, got involved with a charity which provided Helper Dogs to people with disabilities. They would be responsible for training puppies that would then be placed with people who needed these skilled animals to live more normal lives. The dogs do everything from fetching clothing to anticipating seizures in children so their parents can get them through the episode safely. The Rixes first welcomed Emma, a sweet natured golden retriever into their homes--and into their hearts. They lost themselves in the joy of training this rambunctious, yet loveable creature. They fell instantly in love. However, after six months Emma had completed her training and was given to someone in need, and a whole opened up in their lives again. To get over their broken hearts, Megan and Ian took in another pup: Freddy. They fell in love all over again ... only for Freddy to move on too. Megan and Ian didn't know if they could keep taking in these adorable puppies and giving them away, even if they knew it was for a great cause. It was getting too hard, too painful, and their fertility treatments were going nowhere. But then, one Christmas, little Traffy came along ... and stayed forever"--
"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."--
Publisher: New York, NY : Plume, 2011.
ISBN: 9780452297487
0452297486
Branch Call Number: 362.40483 Rix 12/2011
Characteristics: 245 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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Jul 06, 2015

In the beginning this book seemed to be jumping all over the place but I persevered and eventually all of the threads came together. I was delighted to learn about the charity, Helper Dogs, and the amazing things that their dogs can do to help people with disabilities, in addition to providing love and companionship. This was a heartwarming story.

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