Santa Paws.

Seasonal greetings. Yes, it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star. Do you like the title of my pawsting? I really like this time of the year. You might call me a 'Yule dog' which must not be confused with a Yule log. Or, if you happen to be a dog from the southern States, a 'Y'all dog', or maybe that's a 'Y' all dawg'. So this here is my Yule dog blog.
Gary, the human I so kindly allow to live with me, has told me that this can be the loneliest time of the year for some folks. While others are getting together with family and friends, they are sad and all alone. This distresses me. So I was thinking it would be very nice if you humans found the time to go and check out that lonely neighbour. Made sure they were okay. You may well receive the gift of warmth and genuine gratitude from a poor soul who may have felt invisible.
Now my human spends most Christmas Days by himself. Yet he is grateful. For he has a roof over his head, a son he loves and me the Jack Russell who is his companion. In the past, he has spent Christmas Day feeding the homeless and this has given Gary an acute awareness of just how much he has to be thankful for. After he fed the homeless, he came back to me and our lovely home. Many of those in such a desperate situation would be spending a cold night in an underground parking lot.
Gary has also told me that some people get puppies and kittens as 'gifts' to be placed under the Christmas tree. 'Awe what a cute little puppy! Oh wow, what an adorable little kitten!' And with some the novelty wears off. The reality of responsibility becomes too much. Little puppy becomes an older dog, becomes a burden and gets neglected. Little kitty becomes a cat and gets ignored. Humans really need to think it through before they make the decision to bring an animal into their lives.
You know what? Those who truly love and respect their cats will forever see the playful kitten. And me, yes me, I will always be a puppy at heart. You should see how I make Gary and his son laugh with delight as I race around the house and do my silly dance.
May you have a peaceful and positive Christmas. Be grateful for what you have, remember the lonely and yes please remember that famous slogan, "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas."