Dogs may be man�s best friend, and they definitely are considered part of the family. As any dog owner will attest, a home just doesn�t feel the same without a dog. Whether protecting that home, or being a willing playmate, or just raising our sagging spirits, dogs are trusted confidants and true companions. The unique bond between dogs and their owners at Christmastime is captured in this charming, heartwarming anthology of original and previously published pieces. Included are works from such authors as Willie Morris, Jon Katz, James Herriot, Shel Silverstein, and Susan Orlean, as well as new pieces from PBS�s Uncle Matty, Pat O�Haire, the editor in chief of Modern Dog magazine, and pet advocates from the Humane Society, the ASPCA, and others.