In honor of my new Christmas novella, “Sometimes the Best Things Can’t Be Wrapped,” I would like to present some beautiful pictures of beautiful men and their best friends: dogs. Now to rest your mind at ease, my holiday story isn’t about anything gross or squicky or about beastitaly. However it can’t be denied that mankind and the canine have a wonderful and beautiful relationship. And the dog brings out the softer side of even the toughest, meanest men. So here are some photographs. You’ll have to let me know what you think.
Happy Holidays from Me to You!
BG “Ben” Thomas
SOMETIMES THE BEST PRESENTS CAN’T BE WRAPPED
A Very Special Christmas Story
Ned Balding used to be a decent man—until the stress of seemingly countless responsibilities changes him, and he becomes cold and driven—the kind of man who considers firing an employee days before Christmas. The kind of man who kicks a dog…. But Ned’s transgressions haven’t gone unseen. A Salvation Army Santa witnesses his misdeeds and decides Ned needs to be taught a lesson.
When Ned wakes up the next morning, he’s stunned to discover he’s been transformed into a dog.
In the past year, Jake Carrara has lost his mother, a lover… even his dog. His boss came close to firing him just before the holidays. He isn’t sure he’s ready for another pet when he’s asked to foster a dog, but Jake’s good heart won’t let him refuse. Little does he know, this isn’t just any dog.
Through a twist of fate, two people with little reason to be friends might teach each other to rediscover the good—and the love—in life.