Here's the unedited version of my holiday story Eggnog with Pickles published in Chicken Soup for the Soul 2015 Merry Christmas edition.
“You have to give him a chance to settle in, Dad,” I said. “Oh, please try it for a few more days. He’ll be such good company, you’ll see.”
Dad put his two hands on my shoulders and focused his warm, blue eyes on mine. His voice was gentle. “I need to find my own way, figure out decisions by myself and that includes pet ownership. Now give your old dad a hug.”