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Megan Rix
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Book Description

28 Oct 2010

The Puppy that Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever is Megan Rix's bestselling memoir.

When Megan and Ian got married, they wanted to start a family. But their desire to be parents ended up bringing one furry bundle of fun after another into their lives.

At the same time as embarking on difficult and traumatic fertility treatment, Megan and Ian became involved with a charity which provides helper dogs to people with disabilities. And into their home one day came Emma, a soft, sweet-natured puppy with whom they fell instantly in love.

However, after six months Emma had completed her training and was given to someone in need. To get over their broken hearts, Megan and Ian took in another pup: Freddy. And 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 later. It was getting too hard, too painful.

But then, one Christmas, little Traffy came along . . .

If you liked Marley and Me then The Puppy that Came for Christmas but Stayed Forever is for you. Megan Rix's heart-warming seasonal story will have everyone yearning for a bit of puppy love in their lives.

Megan Rix lives in England with her husband, and their adorable dogs, Traffy and Bella. She is a Sunday Times best-selling author, and her other books include The Great Escape, and a host of children's books written under the pen-name Ruth Symes.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0241951062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241951064
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Megan Rix lives in the Midlands with her husband and two adorable dogs Traffy and Bella. She is the author of the memoir 'The Puppy that Came for Christmas' about her experience of being a puppy parent and children's novel 'The Great Escape' about four animal heroes in WW2. She also writes books and scripts as Ruth Symes. Her websites are and

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About the Author

Megan Rix lives in England with her husband, and their adorable puppy, Traffy.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 23 Nov 2010
By Jenny
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My daughter saw this book in a shop and knew it was a book that I would love, and she was so right..
It is a true life story of Megan and Ian who tried everyway possible to have a child.My heart went out to them both.
Whilst Megan was going through having tests, she became a puppy parent whereby the dog would later go on to be a helper for the disabled.

Emma was the first puppy that Megan was given and she cared for Emma until the pup was 6 months old and then with a broken heart Meg had to give up the puppy for the next stage of her training. She knew when she went in for being a puppy parent that she would have to give up the pup but she didn't realise how attached to her she and Ian would become..
Megan was still having tests when a second pup arrived, his name was Freddy and she loved him just as much as Emma.

After Freddy became 6 months he too also had to go on to his next stage of training, Both Megan and Ian decided that it was too painful to love these tiny babies and then give them up, so they decided to have a golden retriever puppy of their own.
Sadly Emma and Ian decided that they could not carry on with IVF and other treatment so they both decided enough was enough.
I wont go any further into the story as I would not want to spoil it for anyone buying the book.
I thought the book was beautiful, the words came straight from Megan's heart. There was plenty of laughter and tears along the way, and some extremely proud,inforgetable moments. It is a book I am so glad to have,a book to treasure.
Just one footnote for Ian if he reads this, when you were asked to name a puppy (all will be revealed in the book) and the alphabetical letter was M why did you say Minnie????? Wouldn't Megan have been more appropriate?It would be wonderful for Megan to have the puppy named after her.she went though so much.
God bless you both and hugs for Traffy!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christmas 5 Jan 2011
What a wonderful story!

The author goes through the painful experience of involuntary childlessness, but instead of staying down in the dumps of grief she decides to do something altruistic and begins training helper puppies for a charity.

This experience has its own moments of disappointment and it isn't easy for her to give up the dogs once they have completed their initial training stage with her, but she perseveres until she is finally able to become a "forever" dog mummy.

I loved the writing in this book, and although it looks like a "fluffy" paperback on the outside it contains undeniable life truths and accurately describes the heartache of wanting a baby.

A great read for dog lovers but especially people going through IVF, as it reassures the reader that fate may have planned a different path to happiness for you than you expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story 28 Dec 2010
I put this book on my Amazon wish list and received it as a Christmas gift. What a lovely story of how a couple cope with their desire to have children in what seems to be an impossible situation by loving and training puppies to become "helper" dogs for disabled people. It is a lovely story of victories and disappointments, told in a very personal and well written way. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I only hope that Megan will write a sequel so that we can keep up with Emma, Freddy, Traffy and the gang's progress. Well done to all puppy trainers - you are doing a very important and special job.The Puppy that Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW A GOOD ANIMAL TALE 23 Mar 2014
By Sally
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I love dogs and this was alovely story and it was true. It is amazing what dogs can be trained to do
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 24 Jan 2014
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A very moving book which highlights many issues and outcomes faced by so many. Highly recommend, waiting for follow on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice story 19 Jan 2014
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As I am disabled and in a wheelchair it's nice to read about all the hard work that goes into puppy training and beyond with helper dogs for the disabled...a good little read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for the dog lovers 1 Jan 2014
Megan and Ian are desperate to start a family but are having difficulty conceiving. Megan is undergoing investigations and fertility treatment and her hopes are crushed each month. In an effort to help take her mind of it she embarks in helping with a charity that matches Helping Dogs to individuals that require assistance in their daily life. Megan's role is to be a puppy parent to the new puppies that will hopefully achieve their goal. She keeps the puppies for 6 months teaching them the basics and taking them to classes to hone their skills.
Their first puppy is a sweet little girl called Emma and as Emma approaches her graduation to advanced level Megan is heart broken. She really want s to keep her and as things aren't going well on the fertility front she finds it gutting to let her go. Next on the list was Freddy, and while Megan will never forget Emma ,Freddy does a good job in taking her mind off it a little. All too soon it is time for him to move on too and the sensible thing is to get a dog of their own...a forever puppy that they can keep.
A heart warming but touching tale that any dog lover will adore and people with fertility issues will understand .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Author 5 Dec 2013
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My daughter loves Megan Rix' war time stories
This one hasn't grabbed her like the others sadly. Oh well :/
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful lovely tale.
I bought this for my daughter who is 12. She loves it. It is a lovely heart warming story and I loved it too. Good for young and the not so young! Beautiful book. :)
Published 10 months ago by Rylan's Siren X
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i love this book so much il be re-reading it again very soon ! some friends want to borrow it
Published 12 months ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book
A lovely book that brings tears and smiles almost simultaneously. Certainly highlights the great works that puppy trainers do and the heartbreak they face when it is time to give... Read more
Published 13 months ago by teels
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
I am sometimes a little worried at buying second hand but this book arrived quickly and was exactly as described! Tanks
Published 16 months ago by Lauz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
What a fantastic book.

After readig it my 3 daughters have all borrowed it, and have recommended it to their friends.
Published 18 months ago by Micky Fulham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt for Megan & Ian the main characters when they had to hand the puppies back. Am so glad they got a puppy of their own.
Published 19 months ago by gloverscrazy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very well the added pictures.could hardly put it down once I started it. Look forward to reading more from this author.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Janice E. Skeen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Puppy that came for Christmas.
This is a beautiful insight into a much needed cause....Helper Dogs. They all have to start somewhere and if like me you have ever thought "I can do that"...this is a must read! Read more
Published 22 months ago by figerocat
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