Dog’s Eye View: Merry Christmas to all |

Dog’s Eye View: Merry Christmas to all

Laura Tyler
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I’ve been pondering lately about all the wonderful people and dogs that I’ve met. Please bear with me for this article in the spirit of Christmas.

Whether Christmas is a time for your personal spiritual celebration or a more generic holiday commemoration, it carries certain happiness and the need to be with people you love. The year’s end gives us all a chance to mark those special occasions we’ve shared throughout the year.

As my grandkids get older, I revisit my favorite children’s books and love reading stories and acting out the characters with them. A simple book can turn reading into a party with laughter and song. I was thinking about this when I reread the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss.

Here is an excerpt with meaning for all:

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, 
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? 
It came without ribbons. It came without tags. 
It came without packages, boxes or bags. 
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. 
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. 
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? 
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”

And so my story continues:

For Christmas this author is grateful and more.

Your families and pets I do truly adore.

You’ve honored your pets their needs to be met.

Their uniqueness I surely will never forget.

A dog is a friend to truly behold

I watch as her life begins to unfold.

She gives me her all like Santa’s stocking filled stuff.

Her devotion and snuggles are more than enough.

I’ll end this poem with one more little rhyme. Let’s begin the year’s end with one day at a time.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my furry friends and their wonderful families.

Laura Tyler is a certified professional dog trainer with 25-plus years of experience and has earned associate certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as well as Certified Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She owns Total Teamwork Training LLC in Northwest Colorado.

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