Wagging in the season

santa girl and dog

Santa, this young lady, Peyton Madison Dempsey, and one of her dogs, Max, usher in the season on a special day, the 12th anniversary of Madison’s birth. She came into this world a bit early (26 weeks), and tipped the scales at two pounds, four ounces. She handily beat the odds, for which I am eternally grateful. She is my granddaughter.

There’s nothing  like an encounter with a bunch of dogs who have brought their families with them to a photo shoot with Jolly Old Saint Nick to awaken the seasonal joy of Christmas in one’s person. The onslaught of goodness on four feet to which I am referring is the annual Jefferson County Human Society pictures with Santa event.

woman santa and dogs

Click the pic to see more dog and Santa pix

The festivities take place at  Margland Bed and Breakfast, a magnificently restored Victorian domicile in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, my fair city. There is no place I know of that is more Christmasy, so it is a perfect setting. The event is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Humane Society which is 100% dependent on contributions to continue its noble work. You can see more of this delightful event on the Photo of the Week Page at Corndancer dot-com. We will patiently wait here.

santa and two rescue dogs

Santa and these two rescue dogs, half of a family of four rescues, seem to understand the meaning of the season.

santa with spaniel

Santa and spaniel. The dog behaved well with no wiggles and a good eye to the camera, a paragon of patience on four feet.

santa with yorkies

No Christmas dog picture session is complete without a Yorkie or tow decked out for the season. These two accepted that mantle of responsibility with aplomb.

family with three rescue dogs and santa

One big happy family of three rescues and their humans beam with holiday happiness while they show their stuff with the Jolly Olde Elf.

happy boy on santas lap

No explanation is needed here. All systems are go!

Dogs are the perfect embodiment of the season. Their hopes and fantasies are not manifested in tablets, game boxes, bicycles, skate boards, jewelry, or big screens. They simply share space with their human companions, to be loved, and to return that love with wagging tails and sloppy kisses. The Jefferson County Humane Society affords this opportunity to dogs and their potential companions who might not meet under different circumstances. Keep this in mind as you complete your “Christmas list.”

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind


2 Responses

  1. (I know Pine Bluff!) Nice event. It takes a special Santa to work with pets…must be a kind and gentle soul – animals know!

  2. He is indeed a special Santa, imbued with the patience of Job.

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