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What if pets ruled the holiday season? We asked the petcentric community to describe the perfect holiday season from their pet’s point of view, and here are our winning essays!
If your pet ruled the holiday season, would ugly holiday sweaters be buried in the snow? Would carolers sound like whirring can openers? Here is what our winners said!
My dog Briggs wrote a carol about his favorite holiday: Joy to the world! I found the roast! Mom left it on the stove! I smelled it right away, And when I heard Dad say, A picture by the tree? I stood tall as can be, And snagged that beef on the QT. Crown rib roast! Euphoria! Nirvana! Ecstasy! Oh no, they're coming back, This time I might get whacked, I'll hide behind a chair, Oh no, they found me there, Noel! Don't yell! It's Christmas day!
Fa-la-la-la-laaa..Chi-hua-hua-hua! Look at all the stuff she's bringing in and smell all the smells! Mommie says it's almost here, what was it? Oh yeah - Christmas! If I'm very good, I get presents from Santa. What is Santa? Can we eat it? Ohhhh wait! Can we chew it? I don't know what Christmas is yet, but it makes mommie act silly and she sings all the time and we are getting more goodies than ever. Hew wait - what is this? A red sweater? A hat!! Are you kidding me? Do these jingle bells make my butt look big?
My favorite sound! Are you listening? Then in my dish, tuna's glistening! A beautiful sight, I'm happy tonight In kitty's Christmas wonderland! Dog's outside in the cold air. On warm laps, what do I care? Attention's on me, the way it should be, in kitty's Christmas wonderland! Shredding all the gifts in the pile. Yakking hairballs up the floor. But no shouted words or shaken fingers - Instead, you scratch my head and ask for more! Box is clean, I've hung my stocking. Time for treats! Santa's knocking! A new catnip toy! I'm jumping for joy in kitty's Christmas wonderland!
My perfect holiday season means one thing: TUNA FISH! Tuna under the tree, tuna in my stocking, tuna for breakfast, lunch and dinner, tuna plain, tuna juice, and if I am lucky, tuna fudge. It's pretty obvious that I am a big tuna fan. The cherry on my tuna pie would be that after a day of stuffing myself with tuna my wonderful family would scoop me in their arms and hold me tight, while sweetly singing Deck the Halls With Tuna as I purred into the oblivion of a snuggly night's sleep.
My owners were nestled all snug in their beds. While visions of squeaky toys danced in my head. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter. I rose from my doggie bed to see what was the matter. When what to my wondering eyes should appear. but the mailman delivering sacks of pig ears! I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight Merry Christmas to all and thank you... No Bite!
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Our petcentric community sent us so many woof-worthy essays - thank you all for sharing.
I don’t notice anything different, but I keep hearing this word Christmas. Wendie, my servant, has not been spending nearly enough time with me, just running around “Christmas, Christmas, and Christmas.” Finally it seems as things have calmed down, except we have a houseguest. I knew Byron had really come to see me, but now it is time for him to go home! I just want to be with Wendie. She needs to be petting me, feeding me, and loving me. What else is there for her to do?
HI, I'm Sweeti Pi and I'm a five lb. yorkie. Know what,I speak in a high, small voice and say each nite, Goodnite Uncle Daddy, I Love You. Know what, Xmas this year, cause Mommy adopted me 1/30/09, was awesome! Homeade dog biscuits, squeaky/chewy toys, xmas ornaments, sweater, and talking ball all for me! Know what, I LOVE TEARING PAPER! I got a red velvet dress with a ruffle on it that says Santa's Baby. I even have a shape in it! Know what, can't wait till next year!! Bye!!
I love the holidays! My mom takes me on lots of car rides while she does her shopping. I get to go in the pet store and pick my own gifts. I especially love the parties because all my friends come over and there are more people to pay attention to me. The little ones always drop food which is great! Best of all, my mom holds me a little more and kisses me... I think it is because she is remembering my sister ZsaZsa who isn't here anymore and she is so happy to have me to love.
Kitty bed warming near an open fire,
catnip tickling my nose,
Neighborhood cats wollering, what a choir!
I'm wearing Christmas bows.
Prancing on my toes, beneath mistletoe,
imagining this very sight
my green eyes are aglow
I'll find it hard to sleep tonight.
Found me a home, I'm on my way
to lot's of love and petting everyday.
My new family is going to sigh
when they hear my purr, feel my fur, they'll cry!
Now I hope to finally use a Breeze,
have a PurinaOne crunchy or two,
my warm meow is saying
Merry Christmas to you.
I didn’t have a good start in life- lots of abuse and neglect and a scary animal shelter where I was almost put down because of my breed. Then my forever mommy rescued me and loved me and made me not scared anymore. Now I’m an 80 pound pit bull who loves to crawl into laps for snuggles, and my perfect holiday season is simple- to put on my jacket and boots to tromp in the snow, cuddle with mom under blankets on cold nights, and open a brand new hedgepig and bully stick on Christmas morning.
I’m Rebel and I was adopted four years ago. I had some pretty bad health issues - heartworm, infections, and allergies. It took awhile to get me back on my feet, but it was worth it. I currently have three other Springer Spaniels sharing my home - one was abused, one neglected, and one from a puppy mill. Several dogs stay here for awhile until they find their new forever homes and I keep an eye on them to make sure they all behave. My perfect holiday season would be to find great forever homes for all the homeless animals.
Emmie would love to spend the holidays in a Wisconsin dairy barn surrounded by Magical Cows. All the good things in life come from the Magical Cow ... hamburgers, cheese, rawhide bones and ice cream. The barn would feature a 6' cheese Christmas tree, a different one every day, and decorated with rawhide. Every hour, busloads of people would pull up in front of the barn to pet Emmie and tell her what a good girl she is. In the evenings, she would nap peacefully on her memory foam dog bed surrounded by her family.
Dasher, the Maltazu is leading the local Dog Alliance meeting. The holiday goal - give gifts to as many dogs as possible. We will meet here on Christmas Eve to distribute schedules. Delivery will be to animals shelters first, then to puppies, then to other dogs. Collection points will be at local businesses.
To the tune of Jingle Bells our collection song:
Toys for dogs (Repeat)
Bring us lots of toys
We're collecting toys and treats
for dogs around the world
Chewy toys, bouncy balls
Any treat will do
Please no chocolate
The dogs depend on you.
Bow Wow! Christmas is coming! Its definitly the most wonderful time of the year. Look!! Our family is out front stringing those light things everywhere!Daddy is plugging them in.WOW! We could stare at them FOREVER! Mommy is getting our clothes ready. Maybe we are going to see the man with the white beard and the red suit? We always make him jolly. Do you see what I see? PRESENTS!! I hope we get some Beggin Strips,YUMMY!! Time to get some sleep, tommorrow's the big day. Merry Christmas to all and to all nighty-nite!!!
The tree will be safetly attached to the wall so I can climb it and be decorated with hanging mousies and tiny bells. Tons of catnip will be sprinkled around presents and tuna scented candles will burn. The radio will have cats meowing to the tune of Jingle Bells! Oh, and of course my human will serve mounds of delicious salamon in crystal bowls.
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