Izzy’s visit with Santa

I have made it a tradition that all my dogs get one official Christmas photograph.  Last year, Izzy had only been with me for about 6 weeks and was still adjusting to life as a pet.  I decided it was too soon for a visit with Santa.

This year is another story and so on Saturday, I took Izzy to a local ‘big retail’ pet store for a Santa photo.  I am glad we got there early and were first in line because the store was very cramped and with people rapidly lining up for photos, there was little room to move in the aisles.

Snarls and growls down the line were heard (often).

I think it is great that the store offered pet photos, but I think they could do more to welcome visitors by temporarily moving displays.  But, alas, let’s face it – Christmas is shopping season and no retailer will do this.

Izzy patiently waited her turn watching the photographer and his assistant, who were running late, set up.  And then she saw the cage of pet rats…she was very interested.

Izzy waiting for Santa

Izzy sees rats at the pet store

This is the unofficial photograph; we are expecting the official print portrait in a couple of days.   I’m looking forward to adding it to the family album.

Izzy the greyhound on Santa's knee

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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