A Christmas Tail
Animal and Holiday Fiction
Date Published: November 16, 2023
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
It’s Christmas Eve in western Kansas and a snowstorm is gaining strength as Bear Bailey, a devoted Great Pyrenees, tries to comfort his beloved owner Mary...
She’s in hot water with the local business villain, and Bear’s earlier altercation with this miser only seemed to make things worse. When Mary blurts out that she wishes for a different life, Bear blames himself for her despair and runs away.
Meanwhile Jiff, a Labrador patiently waiting for his own human to meet him at the Rainbow Bridge, sees Bear shivering alone in the blizzard. Knowing Bear won’t survive the night without intervention, Jiff agrees to act as Bear’s guardian angel on Earth. He is determined to show the Great Pyrenees what the lives of the humans around him would have been like without his presence over the years.
A holiday “tail” for those who love the season but feel the deep loss of loved ones (both furry and human), It’s a Wonderful Dog shines a light on the power of love and community, and reminds us that miracles do exist.
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About the Author
Keri Salas grew up a small town girl with a sense of grand adventure. After marrying her childhood sweetheart and starting their first business on a shoestring budget, she went on to spend the last two decades as a life coach helping others reach their dreams.
The greatest joys in her life are exploring London, snuggling with her dogs (past, present, and future), and spending time with her husband David. Though not necessarily in that order. She believes that people will knock your socks off with their kindness, and life is filled with miracles and serendipitous events to rival any great fictional book.
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excerpt from "It's A Wonderful Dog"
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
As it happens with each sunrise over Earth, a bridge of colors formed among the swirling, dark blue rain clouds. Faint at first, then, as the moments ticked by, shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet deepened in glistening radiance. The rainbow rose over the clouds, widening across the expanse, and bringing with it scores of humans and dogs. Their eyes were filled with surprise as they turned in wonder at the beauty around them.
“Do you think the
colors of the bridge are brighter today?” Lea asked. The angel, with an
affinity for all things relating to dogs, looked with great thought at the
slow, spinning display of colors.
Christmastime. There’s much happiness on Earth but also a great deal of
sadness,” Josephine answered. “Many tears. More rain. Deeper colors.” The two
angels had overseen the Rainbow Bridge for centuries and had an all-knowing
understanding of the souls crossing over, as well as events on Earth pertaining
to dogs. “What are you seeing?”
“Bear Bailey is in
grave danger. Without our help, he’ll join us here on the Rainbow Bridge at
Christmas,” Lea said.
“The Great Pyrenees
from Kansas?” Josephine asked.
“He’s in a dark
place. It’s getting harder for me to keep focus on him from up here. Someone
has to go and help.”
Prayers on behalf of
Bear Bailey had risen to Heaven in a continuous stream all night long. The
words of requests from a whole community of people reflected their frantic
concern that he be found and returned home by Christmas.
“Are there any dogs
here who might help Bear Bailey?” Josephine asked.
Rows and rows of
dogs sat expectantly as the rainbow continued to grow, their tails synchronized
like pendulums in a clock shop. The giant breeds of Great Danes, Saint
Bernards, mastiffs, and similar sized dogs aligned themselves at the back of
the crowd in consideration of the smaller dogs. Without so much as a bark, the
dogs arranged themselves so that even the very smallest poodles and Chihuahuas
at the front had a clear view waiting for the rainbow to fully expand. A single
black Labrador sat to the side near the front of the group. His feet danced in
anticipation as his eyes locked on the moving rainbow.