1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.
  2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
  3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
  4. They 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 your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

– don’t pee on the tree
– don’t drink water in the container that holds the tree
– mind your tail when you are near the tree
– if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don’t rip them open
– don’t chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree


  1. Your humans 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:

– not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans

– don’t eat off the buffet table
– beg for goodies subtly
– be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
– don’t drink out of glasses that are left within your reach


  1. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:

-observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people’s houses.
– respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
– tolerate children
– turn on your charm big time.


  1. 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!!

Featured dog- Hazel

Hazel is a volunteer favorite, and we’re heartbroken that there hasn’t been any interest in her. She is a Shepherd mix, but she is not a big dog, she’s nice and petite at only 36lbs. She has the sweetest temperament, she loves getting belly rubs and attention. She enjoys toys, and going on walks, and has been great with other dogs she meets. She’s about 4-5 years old, the perfect age in our opinion, already potty trained and has good manners!!

Please consider making Hazel a loving member of your family, or at least share this post in the hopes that just the right person sees this and gives this sweet girl a chance!!


Other available dogs

Teddy- Adult golden doodle. Friendly and very nice dog. Learning to play with toys  walks well on leash


Featured cat (s) Jack & Mixie

7 months old. Brother and sister.. We would like for them to be adopted together if possible. They are very friendly and loving. They are very inquisitive and into everything which is typical for a Siamese cat. They know their names and will come for attention. Beautiful kittens.

Other available cats

Felix- Best cat ever. A shelter favorite.

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