TTigerAtty 62M
3769 posts
12/4/2005 3:59 pm

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I've met a few bloggers on this site who have doggies. I'm sure others whom I've not yet met do as well. For you doggie owners, I thought you might want to take an evening to train your four-legged friend in your expectations of their Christmas season behavior. Here's a starter list of doggie behavioral guidelines. Add to it as you see fit to match your own doggy's particular personality!

Holiday Guidelines for Doggies

1. Be especially patient with your Master during this time. Your Master may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and he/she will appreciate long comforting doggie kisses, licks and leans.
2. Your Master may come home with large bags of things he/she calls gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
3. Be tolerant if your Master puts decorations on you. He/she may seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
4. Your Master 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 him/her, so there are some things you need to know:
(a) don't pee on the tree
(b) don't drink water in the container that holds the tree
(c) mind your tail when you are near the tree
(d) if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open
(e) don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree
5. Your Master 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:
(a) not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans
(b) don't eat off the buffet table
(c) beg for goodies subtly
(d) be pleasant, even if unknown strangers sit on your sofa
(e) don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach
6. Likewise, your Master may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:
(a) observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses (4a is particularly important)
(b) respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
(c) tolerate children
(d) turn on your charm big time
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON'T BITE HIM!!!

Wishing you and your doggies a Blessed Christmas Season and no 'accidents' around the Christmas tree!


Whispersoftly5 52F
15176 posts
12/4/2005 4:53 pm

LOL! I will have to go over this list with my dog. She's three years old and can still be a bit of a knucklehead. This should help!


TTigerAtty 62M

12/4/2005 7:44 pm

Whispersoftly5 - She may be lost without your cat this Christmas! Pat her on the head for me!

Whispersoftly5 52F
15176 posts
12/4/2005 9:39 pm

Awww... You're right! The poor thing. In addition to losing her kitty buddy last month, she lost her very best pal (my other dog - very old) in August. My poor knucklehead young dog is lonely now. I'll give her a pat on the head and a lot of extra love and attention. But I'm still going to try to make her follow the rules in your list! Try being the operative word!

TTigerAtty 62M

12/4/2005 11:05 pm

I'm very good with dogs, Whisper. Let me know if you need my help!

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