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Bah Humbug

Author: Paulette Solinski | Date: December 24, 2012

I have a confession to make: I am the Scrooge of doggie Christmas! Katie Moody’s recent blog about including dogs in family Christmas celebrations was lovely and what one would expect from a member of the AnimalSense family.

Like Katie, I also hang stockings for the dogs; the difference is that we don’t actually fill them with anything.

There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that there isn’t even a pretense of gratitude.  Sure, the dogs will take the yak bones and they will eat the yak bones but will they come up and thank you for the yak bones ?  No – not even close.  In fact, one of them will try and eat the stocking, too.

The better reason is that it’s hard enough to buy presents for people and when you leave shopping to the last minute, something has to give – and in my case, that’s the dogs.  I don’t really think they mind.  When my daughter had her first Christmas we didn’t get her a present either – at eight months, we thought she was the person on the list least likely to object, and it turns out we were right.  However, I am not sure she actually knew that we did this, so if she reads this and seems resentful, I will let you know.

I am certainly not suggesting that including your dogs in Christmas is a bad idea.  They are truly family members and deserve a place at the table (well, not literally).  However, I also want my fellow procrastinators to feel fine about not getting gifts for your dogs.  They’ll love you anyway and will probably be grateful they don’t have to find you that perfect scarf.

So, anybody with me?  Merry Christmas to all!


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