Both Gerard and I really liked the movie, "A Dog Named Christmas" that we watched on the Hallmark channel recently. We taped it and I didn't even delete it because I think we may even want to watch it again next year, it was that good!
It's about a family that goes ahead and takes a dog from a shelter home for just the holidays. Animal shelters actually have programs like this for people to just take home a dog for the holidays so they can be with a family for Christmas. Then they can bring the dog back after Christmas or keep the dog if they choose to do so.
In the movie the father was against participating, but the son and mother talked him into it. He had relationships with two dogs in his past and felt so bad when he lost them that he was afraid to let another dog into his life again and also wanted to protect his son from that pain of getting too attached and then having to give up the dog.
This is a delightful, heartwarming movie. Of course, it makes you pull for the dog and want to see the dad give in and keep it. Although there is a very sad part in the movie, I knew it would have a happy ending since it was a Hallmark movie.
Maybe a shelter near you has a program like this. Why not find out? If you haven't seen this movie, we highly recommend it. We both loved it!