We’ve heard from our humans that if we’re good all year you’ll reward us with whatever we want, and it really made our tail wag! We put a lot of thought into our wish list and thought now would be a good time to send it off in the hopes of getting just a few things. We’ve been really good, Santa, honest! Ok, so maybe we pulled Mom off her feet a few times and didn't want to go back inside when Mom was frozen, but there are just so many great smells outside! We’re sure you have some sort of forgiveness plan in place, right Santa?
Anyway, like we said, we’ve put a lot of thought into what we want and it came down to three things:
- Endless balls for Cam and lots of chicken nuggets for Azul.
- Warm homes and lots of love for all the puppy paws touched by Yooper Paws of Love.
- Healthy humans with warm hearts so they can go out and play with us.
We really hope this letter gets to you in one piece, Santa (the mailman is a bit afraid of Cam!) Give our love to your reindeer crew and let them know we are always down for a game of chase if they are. Be safe flying around the world, be sure to stick your tongue out and let the wind hit your lips – it’s our favorite.
Love, Cam & Azul
Azul's Visit with Santa
Tips for introducing your dog to Santa
- Choose your location for greeting Santa wisely! It's always important to set up the environment for success by picking a location where your dog is most comfortable. Some dogs may prefer indoor settings while some prefer outdoor settings. The most important thing to look for in an environment is one where you can observe from a distance and slowly move closer as your dog feels comfortable.
- Choose your time of day wisely! Some places will offer dogs a chance to visit with Santa before or after the scheduled time for kids to visit. Since COVID, many places still are taking appointments to help keep crowds down. Pick a quiet time of day where your dog can more easily focus on you without being overwhelmed with all the distractions.
- Have realistic expectations! We all love to get that perfect photo of our dog sitting on Santa's lap or posed right between Santa's feet. But it's not worth causing our dogs stress to get the perfect photo. Let your dog choose how close they want to get and what position they are most comfortable in. Azul chose to lay down with his back to Santa which put him further away and trying to listen to Santa talking behind him. I could have tried to reposition Azul for the perfect picture, but he really was following his Service Dog training by picking a place out of the way where he could more easily focus on me. Azul stayed calm and happy with the interaction so we can try for a better picture the next time we see Santa. Azul's happiness is most important to me.