The holiday season is coming and I am so excited! I love presents! I wrote on a piece of paper what I want so my loving owners know what to buy for me. Do you think it’s tacky to leave the paper (o.k., it’s a notebook) around for them to see or should I just do what I usually do when I want something; give them the sad Greyhound puppy-eyes and bark until they can’t stand it any longer?
– Jake, Houston, TX
I love, LOVE presents too!! My owner, Wendy, always knows just what
to get for me! Last year I got this beautiful jeweled collar and a really cool…!! Um, sorry. As I was saying, there’s nothing wrong with making
a small list, but I think I would eighty-six the notebook. Nobody likes a greedy Greyhound.
When it’s cold out, my owner puts a sweater AND a parka on me. Talk about a hot dog. Plus, I’m a Pug, so I’m already wide enough. I look like a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I can barely move and all of the other dogs point and whisper. Help!
– Murphy, Chicago, IL
It sounds like your owner takes good care of you, but yes, perhaps there are too many layers. Try this. As soon as your owner puts the sweater on you, run right to the door and wag your tail. If this doesn’t work, and
you get the parka, go to Plan B. When you are on your walk, take off the parka and carry it. If your owner misses this hint, there are bigger issues in your home than coats. Good luck!
I love the snow and all the fun that comes with it, but sometimes with
the snow, there’s this clear, slippery stuff. (It can be kind of funny because whenever this slippery stuff comes, the obnoxious Poodle across the street falls on her face.) The problem is that they also put this white powdery junk down on the ground and when I step in it, it hurts my paws.
Should I grin and bear it? Learn how to ice skate? Buy some Totes?
What’s a girl to do?
– Baily, White Plains, NY
Well, there’s certainly paws for concern, but knowing how some owners react when they step in something they don’t particularly like, I think there is hope. But this is no time to be brave. Next time you step in the white junk, let out a little cry. This will alert your owner to what’s going on. When you go back inside, have your paws wiped off with a damp paper towel. Winter can be a challenge but it doesn’t have to hurt!
My loving owners have a big family that visit for the holidays but I don’t love everyone that comes over. I try to be friendly, but the aunt from Birmingham always brings her hideous calico, FiFi and it’s nothing but attitude and hairballs for the whole week. Can’t cats be left alone for like, ever? Why can’t she leave this less-than-festive creature at home?
– Lakota, Los Angeles, CA
Yes, cats can be left alone for a bit, but it doesn’t take long for the litter box to become… how should I say… offensive. The point though, is this. Even though the kitty may not have been on your guest list, FiFi is part of the family and deserves to be there. Continue to make an effort to be friendly and spread some holiday cheer. Fifi may surprise you and soften. So, remember the plan. Kill her with kindness, but not literally.
I’m making my list of New Year’s resolutions but I was less than successful with last year’s list. I still have that last pesky pound to lose and my closet is still a mess. This year’s list is equally as challenging and includes emailing the cute Boxer across the street and not framing the cat. How can I stay on track?
– Derailed in Detroit, MI
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Even if you are successful with just part of your list, that’s something to be proud of. On my own list last year, #5 was to acknowledge the birthday of a cat I know and buy a nice present. Well, I forgot her birthday because my favorite store was having a sale. You should see all the great stuff I got! So you see, I did part of #5. That’s a victory in my book. Be sure to pat yourself on the back when appropriate and have a great year!
This time of year is for giving. I have presents to give my loving owners, I made a picture to give to my dog-walker and yesterday I gave a wedgy to the Chihuahua down the block. But what can I do for the less fortunate? How can I give to them?
– Madison, Philadelphia, PA
Now, that is a very nice question. There are many of our furry friends who will not have the opportunity to spend the holidays in a warm and fuzzy home. You can bring things to your local shelter. They need food, leashes, coats, toys, treats and anything that you usually need, they will need too. And they always need blankets and sheets. (Be sure to ask your owners before you take any sheets. Don’t do what Charlie in Florida did and take the sheets while your owners are sleeping on them. Charlie was in the dog house for a while for that one) Happy giving and happy holidays!