Ollie doesn’t know it is December, and he certainly doesn’t know it is soon to be Christmas. However, he is aware of changes around the home. There is a big tree in one corner of the living room, surrounded by bags full of presents. Extra foodstuffs are being stockpiled, and I am sure he can detect the bags of crisps and savouries stashed in the spare bedroom.
Unlike the photo above, there is no snow at the moment, and rain is predicted for the 25th. But whatever the weather, it will be just another dog-walk for Ollie, round and round his favourite spots on Earth, Beetley Meadows, and Hoe Rough. He is currently unaware that he will have to be on his own for a while, when we go out to a restaurant to have our Christmas dinner that day. But that will be countered by him receiving some presents, like more of his favourite treats, and no doubt a new stuffed toy.
Then on the 26th, he will be overjoyed to welcome some ‘guests’, when everyone arrives here for a traditional family meal. There is nothing he enjoys more than having a house full of people to show his toys to, or to impress with his good behaviour. He will get more pats and strokes than usual, even if he won’t necessarily be able to lie undisturbed in his favourite spots that day.
So, for everyone of you who has a dog, don’t forget to let them join in any festive fun.
After all, it’s their Christmas too.