PHOTOS WITH SANTA | MONDAY MISCHIEF

The other day, I called Olde Towne Pet Resort looking for a HUGE favor. “Hi Dixie, this is Cathy. I was wondering – do you all own a Santa suit? I want Harley to take a few photos with Santa.”

To accelerate my excitement, she said “yes” and before I could offer up a family member to wear it (yes, I was thinking Doodle Dad), she suggested the day and time for us to come over AND she said Santa would be waiting! #lovethisstaff

I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas. I don’t touch the decorations nor do I hum Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” until AFTER Thanksgiving. By the 5th of December, I’m in deep…

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I’ve stopped a long time ago trying to psychoanalyze how/why the holiday season seems to ignite life into that dormant inner child in all most of us? I just know it does it for me, and I’m okay with that.

When Harley and I arrived at the Pet Resort, I did what I always do – I inconspicuously “ease” over to their holiday tree. Each year they make pawdorable decorations incorporating photos of their “clients!” It never fails – every year I get “goosies” when I find his ornament…

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As I was taking a few photos of the tree, just like in the movies, I heard it HO-HO-HO, Merry Christmas.” Curious to Harley’s reaction, I braced myself for a whimper, perhaps a bark, maybe even a low “what in the doodle” kind of growl. What was I thinking?

Can we all sing “I saw Harley kissing Santa Claus”

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What a love fest…

They later sat, laughed and tail wagged it up a bit…

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I did get a few poses which I believe I can work with…

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But when I think about Harley and what describes him best, I sort of favor this one…

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It’s not pawfect, but then again, neither are we! #farfromit

That’s our Mischief this Monday! I am joining the Monday Mischief blog hop brought to you by Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies. Click on a few posts below and continue smiling…

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Have an incredible week. Be kind to someone and as always, thank you so very much for sharing me with all your friends!

37 Comments
  • Caren Gittleman
    December 15, 2014

    I can’t begin to tell you how much this made me SMILE! Harley’s unbridled joy is PRICELESS!!! This is just the cutest ever! I have pinned it and posted it on Dakota’s fan page, I just LOVE IT! Pls feel free to share more santa photos on his fan page and feel free to link to YOUR fan page!! xoxo

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2014

      Thanks Caren, I wanted everyone to see his uncontrollable “wiggle” when Santa came out – reminded me truly of a child! Happy to make you smile (that’s always our goal), and thanks so much for the pin and post on Dakota’s fan page. I will share more – I pawmise. Have a great week. XOXO back atcha!

  • Amanda
    December 15, 2014

    This IS pawfect! I think it’s my favorite post yet!! Thanks, as always, for bringing a huge smile to my morning!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2014

      WOW! Amanda, you’ve got me smiling reading your comment 🙂 Thank you so much… I love to know you’re enjoying our adventures. Have a great day!

  • DashLilly
    December 15, 2014

    Hooray for Harley!!! You welcomed Santa just the right way! Welcome Santa! Welcome Christmas!!! Hooray!!! I love all the photos. And, yep the last photo shows that Harley is true to his kissy face ways!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2014

      Dash & Lilly, did you see Santa yet?

      • DashLilly
        December 15, 2014

        We missed him!! Our vet had him there on Friday and well, mom just couldn’t swing it all. But we sure have been wearing our Christmas bandanas, our collars and last night Mom put Reinder antlers on us!!!

        • DashLilly
          December 15, 2014

          And by the way, Harley and Dash dance the same way!! That wiggle/jump up move is so funny when Dash is happy. Just like Harley

          • Cathy Bennett
            December 15, 2014

            When he puts it all together and races around the room, it turns into a hop (of sorts) and that’s when we all chant “Go rabbit, Go rabbit” Silly Doodle!

        • Cathy Bennett
          December 15, 2014

          Well there you have it Dash & Lilly! Who needs Santa when Doodles will wear bandanas and antlers? Make sure you share those photos!

  • slimdoggy
    December 15, 2014

    What a great video…Harley knows he’s been a good boy, so he knows Santa is going to be good to him this year 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2014

      The jury’s still out on what to get him – trust me when I say “Harley’s got just about everything” #humbug!

  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    December 15, 2014

    It’s hard to tell where Harley stops and Santa’s beard begins! Love those photos!

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2014

      Susan, I would have to agree, he’s in need of a slight trim, but I’m loving the fullness of all the fluff. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Talent Hounds
    December 15, 2014

    OMG this is adorable. You both are so white too LOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2014

      Tis true Talent Hounds, throw them both against a totally white background and like magic “POOF” they’d disappear!

  • Emma
    December 15, 2014

    What a lover! We have seen Santa a few times but there is always a line and he is never all that fun, so we haven’t kissed him. Nice job, Harley!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 16, 2014

      Emma, this was Harley’s first Santa meeting. I was surprised with the kissing myself!

  • Dory's Backyard
    December 15, 2014

    OMD…So totally adorable!!! Great photos!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 16, 2014

      Thanks Dory. Harley’s first encounter with Santa was more than I could have ever imagined it would be!

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    December 15, 2014

    That tree is great and the last photo is totally perfect.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 16, 2014

      We love the tree Mr. N. – those folks at the pet resort are so creative. They are always coming up with something extra special for our pets!

  • laverne bennett
    December 15, 2014

    Harley is so adorable. I’m happy he got a chance to spend some time with Santa. I really loved the pictures. Always enjoy reading your post.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 16, 2014

      Thanks so much Laverne! Harley loves you too 🙂

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    December 15, 2014

    That was great! Loved the video!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 16, 2014

      Thanks so much! How are my favorite Chesapeakes doing in this winter weather?

  • Pamela
    December 16, 2014

    I loved it! And yes, poodles are friendly. But Harley was definitely showing his golden side with that greeting.

    Your pictures are perfect. And so was the video.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 16, 2014

      Pamela my friend – You just made my morning! So happy you enjoyed his video, I’m happy I thought to use the video camera LOL

  • Lee
    December 16, 2014

    Harley is a Santa favorite!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 16, 2014

      So we are finding out…

  • Jackie Bouchard
    December 16, 2014

    That video is SO cute! Love the last pic too! I wish Rita would get excited about Santa. I’m pretty sure the beard would terrify her!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 17, 2014

      That’s what I was thinking too Jackie, wasn’t I surprised! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Chewy the Golden
    December 17, 2014

    OMGOSH this is too adorable! So glad you found Santa! What a lovely place!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 17, 2014

      I’m excited that Harley “liked” Santa Chewy!

  • WoodRUFF Pet Resort & Spa
    January 30, 2015

    Love these!! We have a Christmas Bazaar every year at our pet resort and are always looking for new photo ops for out furry clients.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 30, 2015

      How cool is that! I travel to Charleston SC a great deal (my husbands family lives there) but I see Greer is a little over 3 hours away. 🙁 Thought it would be fun to come and say hello when we were in the area. The Christmas photos were so much fun. I didn’t know Harley was such a Santa fan! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cathy Bennett
    December 20, 2014

    Thanks OTPR – you’re the Doodle Best!

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