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To all my Jonny Pals,

The highlight of my 2018 was the entrance of my beloved pug Boris into my life, courtesy of the Pug Rescue of Korea. Boris is a loving and energetic soul who helped me overcome the heartache of the loss last year of one of the great loves of my life, my pug Winston.

What follows is the 29th annual Jonny Christmas story, something that has become a holiday tradition to everyone I am lucky enough to have in my life. This year's entry is a departure from the usual Jonny Story formula, as it deals with the inner torment I wrestled with when I was connecting with Boris while still not being able to let go of my grief at the loss of Winston. I shed many tears writing it, and I hope that it will resonate with you; especially if you have experienced the loss of a beloved pet.

Make no mistake; it is still a light-hearted Christmas tale that pits the same indominatable Jonny M. in an insane Yuletide adventure. Creating these extravaganzas is always one of the most satisfying parts of my year, and being able to channel my outrageous but ever-optimistic alter ego lifts my spirits more than I can articulate. I hope that you'll get a small measure of that feeling as you scroll through it, and when you find yourself depicted in any way within these pages (and odds are that you probably will), I hope that you'll take it as the token of affection that it was intended as and that this lucicrous story kicks off your holiday season with a bang.

Happy Holidays.