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Merry Christmas
from our family to yours

have a happy holiday...



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Holiday Tips

Christmas Tree Tips
Having company on Christmas
Going away on Christmas day
Pet Christmas Presents

Humor Selections...

Puppy's First Christmas Job
Christmas Cartoon
Puppy's Christmas
How to wrap presents with your dogs

Santa's help for unwanted dogs...

    Holiday tips for your dog...

* Don't forget to include your dog in family photos...   Putting simple 
red scarf or ribbon on them makes a  wonderful photo.

* Holly plants can be poisonous especially for small dogs

      * If you are going away for the holiday and are planning 
to leave your
dog in a kennel...   
Make your reservations as early as possible
   

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  Christmas Tree Tips...

*Take your dog with you to help you pick out the tree...
 it can be a wonderful outing


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Choose a location for the tree with your dog(s) in mind.

Some people get a short, full tree and display it on a table... 
making it less accessible for to the dog
or place the tree in a room that can be "gated off" when 
no one is available to supervise the dog.

* Select a location for your tree that prevents your dog 
from being able to get behind the tree

(you can block their access with a chair or a box)

When dogs go behind the tree it increases the likely hood that they will knock it down.
This is particularly true if you have 2 or more dogs chasing each other around tree


Dogs are often attracted to Christmas tree decorations...
ingesting  decorations can be dangerous for your pet.


Dogs will often eat tinsel from the tree, this can cause a health hazard for your pet
You may either eliminate the tinsel or place it higher on the tree

Include decorative bells as tree ornaments, 
they will signal you when your dog is getting into your tree ornaments

* Dogs are often attracted to the Christmas tree water, 
unfortunately they may accidently knock over 
the tree trying to get to the water
Keep the tree water covered with a tree skirt and be sure your dog has water available



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Christmas Dog
by Shel Silverstein

Tonight's my first night as a watchdog,
And here it is Christmas Eve..
The children are sleeping' all cozy upstairs,
While I'm guardin' the stockin's and tree..

What's *that* now-footsteps on the rooftop?
Could it be a cat or a mouse?
Who's this down the chimney?
A thief with a beard-
And a big sack for robbin' the house?

I'm barkin', I'm growlin', I'm bitin' his butt..
He howls and jumps back in his sleigh..
I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air..
I've frightened the whole bunch away..

Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again,
The stockin's are safe as can be..
Won't the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow
And see how I've guarded the tree..


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    If you are having company

Be sure that your dog gets some exercise
and attention before your company arrives.

Have a plan as to what is the best way
for your dog to greet the company
Should your dog be in his crate, coming out to visit after everyone arrives ?
Should your dog be on leash to preventing jumping on people ?
Who is responsible to watch the dog ?

  Do not banish your dog, include them in your plans  

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If you are going away for the day
   Plan to exercise you dog several hours before
you leave or give them extra attention the day before Christmas.

   
Providing your dog with exercise and an appropriate
chew bone will help reduce holiday stress 

Do not excite your dog by rough housing and playing 
just before you leave him home alone. 
This type of attention often frustrates dogs... 
it increasing separation anxiety and causes destructive chewing...



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  Enjoy watching your dog open their present

1. Loosely wrap their present

2. ( get the camera ready )

3. Get your dog interested in the present
by moving it back and forth in front of your dog.

4. Let him tear off the paper and find his present...

You'll be amazed how quickly your dog catches on
( Don't forget to wrap his birthday presents too ! )

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Wrapping presents in a doggy household...

1. Gather presents, boxes, paper, etc., into the middle of  the living room room floor.

2. Get tape back from puppy.

3. Remove scissors from older dog's mouth.

4. Open gift box.

5. Take puppy out of gift box.

6. Remove tape from older dog's mouth.

7. Take scissors away from puppy.

8. Put present into gift box.

9. Remove present from puppy's mouth.

10. Put  present back into gift box ( after removing puppy from box).

11. Take scissors from older dog & sit on them.

12. Remove puppy from box again & put on the lid.

13. Take tape away from older dog.

14. Unroll wrapping paper.

15. Take puppy OFF box.

16. Cut paper being careful not to cut your puppy's foot or nose that is getting in the way as your puppy "helps".

17. Let puppy tear-up the remaining roll of paper.

18. Wrap paper around box.

19. Tell older dog to fetch the tape so he will stop stealing it.

20. Take scissors away from puppy.

21. Take tape older dog is holding.

22. Quickly tape one spot before taking scissors from older dog & sitting on them again.

23. Fend off puppy trying to steal tape & tape another spot.

24. Take bow from older dog.

25. Go get roll of wrapping paper puppy ran off with.

26. Take scissors from older dog who took them when you got up.

27. Give pen to older dog to hold so he stops licking your face.

28. Remove puppy from present & hurriedly slap tape on to hold the paper on.

29. Take now soggy bow from puppy & tape on since the sticky stuff no longer sticks.

30. Take pen from older dog, address tag & affix while puppy tries to eat pen.

31. Grab present before puppy opens it & put it away.

32. Clean up mess puppy & older dog made playing tug-of-war with remnants of wrapping paper.

33. Put away the rest of wrapping supplies & tell your dogs what good helpers they are.

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A Puppy's 12 Days of Christmas

Be sure to read down all the way to Day 12


On the first day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
The Santa topper from the Christmas tree.


On the second day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the third day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.


On the fourth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Six yards of soggy ribbon

Five chewed-up stockings
Four broken window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Seven scraps of wrapping paper

Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four broken window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.


On the eighth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Eight tiny reindeer fragments

Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four broken window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
My wreath in nine pieces

Eight tiny reindeer fragments
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four broken window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Ten Christmas cards I shoulda mailed

My wreath in nine pieces
Eight tiny reindeer fragments
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four broken window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Eleven unwrapped presents

Ten Christmas cards I shoulda mailed
My wreath in nine pieces
Eight tiny reindeer fragments
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four broken window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two leaking bubble lights
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.


On the twelfth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
A dozen puppy kisses and I forgot all about the other eleven days.

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CHRISTMAS RETURNS...


Santa comes quietly long before dawn
While shops are still busy and lights are still on
While dinners are cooking and kitchens are warm
And children count presents they'll open by morn.

He slips past the trees in windows aglow
Through the gate to the backyard
As icy winds blow
To find the pup he brought last year
Chained up in the snow
And, kneeling, he whispers,
"Are you ready to go?"

There are too many stops like this one tonight
Before the beginning of his regular flight
He leaves not a note or footprint in sight
Just an unbuckled collar
On a cold Christmas night.....

~Author Unknown

If only Santa could come and get all the unloved dogs and bring them to a better place...               
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