The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nazum
Desa Dean couldn’t make herself go beyond the porch of their remote cabin. It is approaching Christmas, and the snow is all around reminding her of the terrible early storm where Mama just couldn’t make it back to the cabin with her low blood sugar, and even though Desa Dean lay by her side, Mama died. Now Desa Dean is alone all day as the father tends to their traps. When a dog happens by, hurt and starving, Desa Dean is determined to make that dog her friend.