Archive for Christmas
Oh Dog! Sunday’s here, so it’s time for another visit with your Dear DeDe! That’s me!
OK, I know what you’re thinking. DeDe, it isn’t even Halloween yet. Why are you talking about Christmas?
I thought you’d ask that.
Last year we ran a weekly segment of “Letters to Santa.” Dogs and cats sent us their letters to Santa Paws, and we published them right here for Santa to read. Kind of a one-stop shopping thing for the Old Red Human.
We’ve decided to try it again this year. So this is what I need you to do.
Start working on your letter to Santa. Then email it to me at rumpysanta at gmail dot com (I have to spell it out like that so keep the spam down).
There are ground rules. I understand we all want world peace and all dogs and cats to be saved. But Santa can only do so much. So don’t expect those letters to be posted here. I want happy, funny, creative letters!
I don’t guarantee your letter will be published, but I will guarantee we’ll get ya in the holiday spirit.
Well…… what are you waiting for? You got letters to write!
PS: If you don’t celebrate Santa and have a letter to someone else you’d like to write, please send those too.
Now before we get started, I want to warn you that tomorrow we have an extra special treat in store for you, so be sure to stop back by!
Now let’s get to the letters! Our first letter is from Kevin who lives in Japan:
*Clear my throat* Dear Mr Santa:
Hi Santa! Oops, maybe this is a bit impolite to say “ Hi” to you, because you are famous “BIG STAR” among children all over the world! In fact, you are not only popular for children, but also for our “ ANIMAL WORLD”, too! Therefore, I have a GREAT favor to ask of you, Mr Santa!
Since I started twitter, I’ve got quite lot of anipals all over the world like in US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Netherlands, and Thailand etc…Oh dog! I can’t tell HOW many countries.They are incredibly pawsome pals! However we can only see through networks, which is truly a pity that we couldn’t meet face to face…
So! Here is my favor, Mr Santa. When I was watching a DVD of one of the Walt Disney Movies “The Arabian Nights”, the main character “Aladdin” was flying in the sky with a Magic Carpet called ”Flying Carpet’’! which looked so useful as he can go anywhere! If I HAVE the one, I COULD fly to my pals easily!
Plus if I have the one, I can HELP you delivering tons of presents on the Christmas day! You can’t be late to deliver as lots of kids are waiting for you. I also know you’re extremely busy and those reindeers too! If I put 2 antlers on my head, pleople don’t realize I’m a dog!
Wow, “ Flying Carpet”! Cool! If I get it, I’ll show it off…..Oops!!!…NO NO NO…Mr Santa! I’ll use it WISELY * Hem hem* I’m already hanging a big stocking near my bed which is big enough to put “Carpet”! Looking forward to get up on the Christmas morning! Thanks, dear Mr Santa! * paw waves*
Always good doggie, Kevin xxx
Oh Dog, Kevin! That’s one wish I sure hope Santa makes come true! And Kevin, this next picture is JUST FOR YOU! ROFL
If you tell June Buggie what I’ve done, I’ll have to hurt you. Moving right along, our next letter comes from Barkley!
hAY! rumpy! thanks4 colecting all of theses letters 4 santa! ANYWAYZ! Dear Santapawzx! this is barkley,ya know ,named after the imaginary HUGE pet of big bird and snuffalumpagus!? remember? (i was told i just shrank and changed color, so therfore became visable!) !
ANYway! theres me, my bropher sky (short 4 skyler) my two sisters (pandora,wich we call panda) and ummmm, my other sissy, well she dont actually have a name we just call her LADY Luck or little magic! cause my mummy herd her meowing on a cold evenings walk ,and then on the way back, she heard her again! and it was just too cold 4 her! so she brought her into our home.
Santa P, i need to ask u 4 a prair 4 her,and mayby, hopefuly by chance a name! Oh, and if u wold throw in a little bit of unberstanding to add to her knowledge pease mr. ser? thanks!!!!!!! from all 4 of us + our humins! lubz, kisses and hugz, Barkley, Pandora (peaz ecknore that BOX rumer thingy! im really purrfy!) skyler and Little no name****
P.S. i almost fergot if u could find me somfin to help me with this skin alergy im dealin with! id apreatyate it! itz drivin my mummy crazy tooo that i schratch and bite me all the time! THANK YOU! Ill b waiting by the cookies,hopefuly i dont fall asleep this time!
Hey Barkley, you need to chill out on the caffeine! I sure hope Santa brings that little one a name! Next here’s a letter from Mr Bob Buttons:
Lass yeer Santa givved me grate treets & toys but Ai liek teh Brudder’s wish. Sumbuddee, givved me a home as a ol’ guy when mos’ peepuls want new baby kittehs. Ai wud liek fur Santa 2 bring all teh older kittehs & goggies new homes. Amen.
Oh Dog! I hope so too. And last, but not least, we have our first letter from a human! And boy does SHE have an interesting request!
There are many things I can desire materially but all I desire to those who have none, will at least have the basics. I wish all of the good doggies, felines, and the humans a Merry Christmas.
Sincerely, Carolina from Vancouver, Canada
PS. If it isn’t much of a hassle, may you please put a good man under the Christmas tree with my name on him as a present? =D
Oh Dog! I need one of those too Carolina! Then I could have someone to play with when Jen’s at work!
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for a VERY SPECIAL GUEST!
Oh Dog! Today is Veteran’s Day here in the US. So if you are a veteran, thank you for your service. Jen is a big NPR fan, and we hear many stories about your bravery and your families’ sacrifices. You’d be hard-pressed to find people out here in the civilian world that are as brave and as caring as you men and women- and dogs too! You ROCK!
You know how we thank our veterans here in the US? That’s right! We go shopping! Lots of Veteran’s Day sales to get you into the holiday spending spirit. I dunno, but somehow that doesn’t seem an adequate thank you to a vet. *scratches head*
Speaking of the holidays, today is week one of our letters to Santa! And boy, do we have some good ones for you! But first, I have an axe to grind with a certain mail order catalog company. They sent a catalog to my home, and THIS was on the back cover:
I hope Santa leaves a lump of coal in the stocking of everyone that thought THIS would make a great holiday gift! pffffttttt!!!!!
As promised, we’re featuring letters written by you to Santa. Here’s the first- it comes all the way from Germany! Grammy has an interesting holiday request. I don’t know that I like it, but Jen thinks it’s a GREAT idea!
This ist my first letter to you! I’m so excited and first of all I’d like to say: You’re doing a great job. Mommie isn’t that big with Christmas but this year I’d like to change it. So it would be very kind of you to bring over a Christmas Tree, where all cats, dogs and humans who live in this house can sit together on Christmas eve.
As I’m a spoiled Shih Tzu (that’s what mommie says;-))) I’d like to have some new clothes for the winter. Something that keeps me warm. And there is something really important for me. I know everybody likes white Christmas and we had that the last years. I hate snow, it is so cold. Uh!!!! Maybe we could have green Christmas this year???
For all who want to know how we celebrate in Germany: Christmas eve is the evening where you get all your presents. The “Christkind” brings them. We have two days off from work, I know in the US there is just one day. So we can celebrate three days where you visit all your family or go to church.
Love, Grammy – little Shih Tzu from Oberhausen (Germany)
Isn’t that sweet? I hope you get your new clothes my friend!
Our next letter comes from Canada! Bigfoot has a cool way of writing a letter to Santa- in limerick form! Check it out!
Dear Santa Claus,Hi Santa, I’m Bigfoot the Cat, I hope that you’ll come where I’m at, It sure would be nice, If you brought me some mice, I’d be very happy with that. . I saw some neat things at the store, So maybe I’ll ask you for more, I really would like, A small pussy cat bike, Or is that too much of a chore? . As a cat I am not very needy, And I don’t want you thinking me greedy, I’m not asking for silk, Just a saucer of milk, Now that would be great. Yes, indeedy. . There’s a gimmick I wanted to mention, Now that I have your attention, It’s called Catnip in Bed, And it fits on your head, I think it’s a recent invention. . Now, your patience I’ve put to the test, I’ve asked much, so I’m just like the rest, But, since I was a kitten, I’ve always been smitten, By you, Santa Claus, you’re the best. . Your friend, Bigfoot.
Oh Dog! That is PAWSOME!!! Santa is so totally gonna love your letter!
Don’t forget to send YOUR letters to Santa to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them on Fridays. woo woo woo!!!!
Oh Dog! I have a big announcement and I am SO excited!
The holidays are coming!
Now I know what you US readers are thinking- “But Rumpy, Thanksgiving isn’t here yet!” I know, but I am so excited!
So to share the excitement, we’re going to talk Christmas on Fridays! And you can help!
Send me your letters to Santa and I’ll publish them here!
Now with all due respect, please save the tear-jerker letters. We’d ALL like for all animals to have a forever home and world peace and all that. But let’s face it, there’s PLENTY of places to get your fix for emotional overload in the world, especially this time of year.
I simply want to create a space where we can be happy and enjoy the holidays without expectations or feelings of dread or that our celebration just “isn’t quite good enough.”
And because this is an inclusive blog (and it’s MY blog so I can be if I want to!), we’d also like to learn about other holiday celebrations. So if you want to write a piece about celebrations in your culture, we’d love to hear about it.
Speaking of Celebrations, the Santa Paws Drive has chosen the recipients of its Holiday Toy Drive for this year! To find out the winners, click HERE to visit their website.
They are now accepting donations of cat toys, dog toys, and cash! How cool is that! For info on how to donate, click HERE.
And be sure to check out their blog for some profiles of the agencies they’re supporting this year.
So, funny, sincere or downright silly, send your letters to Santa c/o Rumpy T. Drummond at email@example.com. I can promise you Santa will see them. Why? Well, I can’t reveal my source just yet, but trust me on this one!
Ho Ho Ho!!!!
Oh Dog! Today I want to get you thinking about the upcoming holidays! Now I know I have friends all around the world, so how or what you choose to celebrate may not all be the same, but I think it’s fair to say that, regardless of your cultural beliefs, this is a time to practice our gratitude for what we have by remembering those who may not have it as good as we do.
According to their web site, Santa Paws Drive has raised approximately $15,000 in toys, treats and donations for 12 shelters worldwide.
Now to some of you that might sound silly. After all, do animals know when it’s Christmas? Do they care if they get gifts?
Here’s a video to assure you that the animals do indeed appreciate the gifts, courtesy of Eleven Eleven Animal Rescue:
This year Santa Paws Drive is focusing on shelters and rescues that help special needs and less adoptable pets. The web site mentions FIV+ cats, senior pets, retired greyhounds, black dogs and cats, ferals… These are sweet animals that have been dealt a trickier card in life, but still deserve all the love and attention as any other pet — maybe even more so! They want to target smaller groups that don’t usually get much opportunity for funding.
Nominations can come from around the world!
So if you are or know of a non-profit, no-kill organization relying solely on donations to survive, go here to nominate the group and maybe this year they can be a recipient of some Christmas joy!
But go TODAY, because nominations must be in BEFORE October 21st!
Now you may also be asking how you can donate to help! The Santa Paws elves will choose six shelters based on need and nomination notes and announce them before the official start of this year’s Santa Paws Drive on November 1.
Once the drive starts, you’ll be able to donate toys, treats or money to send directly to these special pets to help make this their best Christmas ever!
I’ll keep you posted, so start saving your pennies now!