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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241951062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241951064
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,567 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 www.meganrix.com and www.ruthsymes.com.

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 23 Nov. 2010
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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 By Sienna Lewis on 5 Jan. 2011
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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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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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So this is a story of two halves really that all come together in the end. Its the lovely tale of Megan And Ian who are happily married and long for a child. THey embark on a journey through fertility treatments. This is the one side of the story. The other is of their choice to become involved with "helper dogs" and the puppies they love and nurture and train in preparation for helping a person living with disabilities. Its a lovely read, it made me cry half way through as i could feel what they were feeling. Its also a lovely story of what becomes of these beautfiul dogs trained from birth pretty much to help people in need. The 2 halves of the story come together in the ending and is a perfect finish to the book. I loved it and couldnt read it quick enugh -0 took me 2 nights 9/10 or me. Its beautifully written and so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. you will fall in love with the puppies and actualy you will love the puppies owners too! Read it!!
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Megan Rix did a great job of telling her story, and I -- a lover of dogs since I was very young -- was totally drawn in, wanting to be around all those dogs! Plus, I am quite sympathetic to the purpose of training the dogs to help the disabled. I happen to be an amputee as a result of diabetes and am wheelchair-bound. Though I, with my husband's help for the things I can't do myself, am able to manage normal, everyday things. But, since diabetes has many side-effects, the day might come when a helper dog could be needed. So, I want to thank Megan, Ian, "Jamie" and the others in the Helper Dogs program for what they do.

For any dog lovers out there, especially those who appreciate dogs who help the disabled, I *highly* recommend this book.
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