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Merry Christmas

(ADDED: Just got this first one this morning and had to include it.)

Retriever wrapped in Christmas lights

Santa with women and guns

My dog Ava:

Princess Ava Prettypaws with Santa 2011

Nativity scene with dogs playing all the roles

Lab with Christmas lights over neck

Poor little pug dressed up as a Christmas tree. Sort of.

Friends took this photo of their dog on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. It was the image on their Christmas card this year, with a caption that read …

Dog posing next to Lassie's star on the Hollywood walk of fame

… “May your dreams come true this Christmas.”

My sentiments exactly.


  1. water lily
    water lily December 24, 2011 6:20 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the doggies!

  2. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal December 24, 2011 8:05 am

    Merry Christmas, Claire. And to your fur-family as well. And to all the Claire-folk who keep the comment section interesting and worth checking back on.

  3. Karen
    Karen December 24, 2011 8:32 am

    Merry Christmas Claire! Thanks so much for all you do and all you share!

  4. Mike R
    Mike R December 24, 2011 9:58 am

    Christmas gift suggestions:

    To your enemy, forgiveness.
    To an opponent, tolerance.
    To a friend, your heart.
    To a customer, service.
    To all, charity.
    To every child, a good example, and
    To yourself, respect.
    – Oren Arnold

    Merry Christmas Claire

  5. Claire
    Claire December 24, 2011 10:05 am

    Mike R — Wow. That’s a lot more difficult than buying a sweater at Walmart. 😉 But a great list of aspirations for Christmas or any time. (Some of us seriously need to work on that forgiving enemies part …)

  6. Jim B.
    Jim B. December 24, 2011 10:09 am

    Merry Christmas to You and the “Gang”. May you all enjoy the festivities.

    And a Merry Barkmas to your dogs, may they get a good visit from Santa Claws.

    ; )

  7. EN
    EN December 24, 2011 10:21 am

    Merry Christmas Claire!

  8. Claire
    Claire December 24, 2011 12:37 pm

    Merry Christmas, guys! And thank you for all you bring to this blog and to me throughout the year.

  9. Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams December 24, 2011 3:54 pm

    Merry X-moose to all.

    Re forgiveness: When Cardinal Richelieu lay on his deathbed, his confessor asked if he had forgiven his enemies. He replied, “I have no enemies. France has enemies.”

  10. winston (still here, sortof)
    winston (still here, sortof) December 24, 2011 6:30 pm

    Merry christmas to you and the pups! (from one happy sonofabitch that got to leave J-ville for 11 days!)

  11. Claire
    Claire December 24, 2011 9:05 pm

    winston — Yay! It’s great to hear from you. We lost touch there (mea culpa) and I was afraid we might not hear from you again around these parts. I’ll drop you a private email to see how things are going.

  12. Ellendra
    Ellendra December 25, 2011 2:37 pm

    Merry Christmas Claire!!! And everyone else who reads this, too!

  13. Pat
    Pat December 26, 2011 8:42 am

    Merry Christmas (late) to one and all.

    And have a very Happy New Year!

  14. Mary Lou
    Mary Lou December 26, 2011 5:58 pm

    Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Love the festive animals!

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