It is that time of year when decorations go up and people start
bustling around. Let me tell you, I have been around now for
a couple of Christmases and I have learned a thing or two.
I'd like to help all you new rescue dogs experiencing Christmas for
the first time. You will see a different side of your humans
so here are my tips.
- Be especially patient with your humans during this
time. They may appear to be more stressed than usual and they
will appreciate long comforting leans.
- They may come home with large bags of things called
gifts. Do not assume that all these gifts are yours!
- Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They
seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing you with
fake antlers. They may even decorate the
- Your humans may bring a large tree into the house and set
it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and
decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an
important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need
- Do not pee on the tree.
- Do not drink the water in the container that holds the
- Mind your tail when you are near the tree.
- If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell
interesting or that have your name on them, do not rip them
- Do not chew on the cord that runs from the hole in the wall to
- Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come
visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun,
but they also call for some discretion on your part
- Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans.
- Do not eat off of the buffet table.
- Beg for goodies subtly
- Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa.
- Do not drink out of wine glasses that are left within your
- Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your
manners will be just as important.
- Observe all the rules in #4 for the trees that may be in other
- Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the
- Tolerate the children.
- Turn on your charm.
- A big man in a red suit and white beard with a big belly and a
loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the
night. Do not bite him!
Happy Howlidays fellow rescue dogs!