A Lonely Dog on Christmas by Patrick Yearly
A Lonely Dog on Christmas
Christmas Day is fast approaching. For Beckham, the family bulldog, it means just another year of being ignored while chaos and mayhem reign throughout the house. In this holiday short story full of laughter and family dysfunction, Beckham narrates an ill-conceived plan to create an unforgettable landmark moment in order to reclaim the spotlight as the center of attention. As the extended family gathers to make merry and observe their annual tradition, Beckham has another idea in mind to celebrate and make it a day to remember.
*Spoilers ahead, though it is a very quick read*
A Lonely Dog on Christmas started off great. I was enjoying the commentary from the dog, his thoughts on things were humorous. He learns a lot of things about people from TV and it was cute. It is not a very long story, but Beckham, the dog, is telling about why he hates Christmas day. It all starts with Halloween and just progresses until the worst day of the year, Christmas. Why doesn't he like Christmas? Well because his people forget about him on Christmas. They don't pet him or anything. They don't pay any attention to him. He never gets any gifts. He is just ignored all day. I was feeling bad for him as we always gave our dogs gifts for Christmas. His people should too!
So it is a quick read and I thought well maybe this year someone will play with him or he will get a new bone or something so then he will be all this is not too bad. That doesn't happen. It is going and I am enjoying it and then in the last paragraphs he realizes oh wait! This day is not about me, it is about my people. They are happy so I should be happy they are happy. It was just like oh...okay. I guess so. It just was not that good of an ending for me. It didn't really seem to go with the rest of the story. There was no lead up to it or anything it was just like suddenly he changed his mind about everything and it just didn't work for me. Oh well.
Rating: ★ ★