Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how dogs look with fake antlers. Crazy.
The Christmas Tree:
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 here are some things canines 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.
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 the part of we dogs:
- Not all strangers appreciate kisses.
- Do not eat off the buffet table.
- Beg for goodies by all means but do it…….. subtly.
- Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa.
- Don’t drink out of glasses that are left within your reach.
Likewise, your humans may take you visiting at Christmas. Here your manners will also be important:
- Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house.
- Tolerate children.
- Turn on your charm big time.
- A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. Do not bite him.
A dog’s New Year’s Resolution:
I will not chase that stick unless I actually see it leave his hand.
A Dog’s Christmas Promises
- Christmas tree light bulbs, are not food.
- I know that the cat and the snowmen are not real, therefore I will not pull them out of the Christmas tree.
- I will not attack next door’s outside Christmas tree, and drag the string of lights through the hole in the fence.