We were out of town for Thanksgiving, so I had little time to prepare a new post.  Enjoy this updated version of “A DOG’S LETTER TO SANTA” which was originally published in Dec 2015, before I had any followers:

I was dusting the other day and found this lying on the printer:
letter to Santa
You’ve probably deduced that parts of this post are fictional.  The part about me dusting, for instance.  Congratulations, Sherlock, well done!  Now we can move on to more perplexing mysteries, like where Tailor learned to write.  And in outline form, no less!  Do you think he knows where I keep the envelopes and stamps?  Can he reach the flag on the mailbox?  What will happen when he finds out the truth about Santa?  And discovers that my credit cards are the key to the wonderful world of Amazon.com?  What if he grows up to be a lawyer?  Like so many pet parents, I worry.  But for today, I’m content to let him revel in the magic of Christmas.  I’ll hug him tight for remembering Peaches and Callie in his letter and vouch that he’s a good boy if the North Pole should call me requesting verification.  Of course, Santa will bring him everything he asked for, except the heated indoor pool.  And that giant stick from the back yard, the one he knows he isn’t allowed to bring in the house. Maybe I’ll slip a Roomba under the tree, just because he was cheeky enough to go behind my back and ask Santa Claus for the stick!  After he and Roomba are done chasing each other, we’ll take turns bobbing for chicken, straight from the bucket, and flop down in front of the TV. From my cozy corner seat, I’ll count my blessings, beginning with the one wielding the remote control, the one sprawled across my lap, the one meowing to go outside, and the one snoring from the depths of an extra-crispy food coma.  If I start crying, you can blame it on Hallmark; those sappy holiday movies get me every time!

Wishing you a blessed season filled with laughter, love, and memories.

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  1. K E Garland November 26, 2017 / 12:49 am

    HA! Happy Thanksgiving Joan! Was just settling down to watch Mistletoe Inn on Hallmark 😉

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    • Just Joan November 26, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Thanks, KE. You can enjoy Hallmark’s sappy movies 24/7 until Christmas! That pleasure is multiplied when you have a warm dog snoring on your lap. 🙂

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  2. Tippy Gnu November 26, 2017 / 8:59 am

    You have a very nice dog. Our dogs would ask Santa for permission to chew up our cats. Of course even if Santa gave that permission, I don’t think the cats would allow it.

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    • Just Joan November 26, 2017 / 11:59 am

      Thanks, Tippy. Yes, Tailor is a very nice dog. As Alpha, he thinks of everyone in the pack, as well as himself. He is fond of Peaches the Cat and shows his affection in the only ways he knows how, sniff-sniff-sniffing and wet slobbery dog kisses. 🙂

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  3. chevvy8 November 26, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Ah, your Tailor is just as demanding as I am. O course whether it’s Santa I have to thank or not, I am grateful for all the pressies I’ve received this year. I hope you had a great Thanks giving Joan. As you say, the countdown has begun though judging by the stocks in our shops that countdown began long ago. I guess we can start wishing each other happy holidays now since not much happens work wise once we get into December. For now though, have a wonderful Sunday!

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    • Just Joan November 26, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Chevvy. Yes, that is a rather long list, isn’t it? He’s a bit spoiled by Santa Mom and Dad. Thanksgiving was lovely and of course, we ate too much, which is kind of the point of the holiday. I haven’t been shopping yet, still trying to get my list together so I can get it all done in one or two trips. Most of my gifts will be locally made items, charitable donations in the recipient’s name, heartfelt letters, and homemade goodies from the kitchen. Lots on the to-do list, but trying to remember to relax and breathe and “just be” between items. I’ve sent you mail. Happy Sunday!

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      • chevvy8 November 26, 2017 / 12:14 pm

        Just be – I like that – wish I could sit down a moment and just be myself. I’ll check my postbox!

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  4. Joyce Robinson November 26, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Always fun to read.

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    • Just Joan November 26, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks, Joyce. Our pets get more for Christmas than we do these days. 🙂


  5. Marissa Bergen November 26, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Well, he obviously gets his talent from somewhere….somewhere…where could it be?

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    • Just Joan November 27, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Well, it couldn’t be genetic; he was adopted from the county pound. Maybe by watching and learning? He’s a monkey-see, monkey-do kind of guy. That’s how he learned to press the button and open his window in the car. I have to keep the childproof locks on now. 🙂


  6. L. T. Garvin, Author November 27, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I must say that I am impressed with Tailor’s outlining and writing abilities. He is so thorough and also very sweet with his requests. That indoor pool would be awesome, ha ha. I am guilty of those dog puzzle treat toys, I used to try to get my Border Collie to play with them. He wasn’t impressed. I had a Lab, we lost him about two years ago. He was the best dog I ever had. This is a fun and adorable post for animal lovers for sure, Joan. I laughed at your dusting comment. I am the same way…dust? Dust what? When?

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    • Just Joan November 28, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks, Lana. I don’t know where Tailor learned all that. The puzzle treat toys really do ask a lot of a dog for a very small reward. Sorry about your Lab, they are great dogs, so loving. My dogs are dear to me, kids with fur! My house gets dusted once a year, whether it needs it or not. 🙂


      • L. T. Garvin, Author November 28, 2017 / 10:23 pm

        I feel the same about my pets, Joan. They are definitely kids with fur, lots of fur, ha ha. And my once a year dusting date doesn’t arrive til April, lol! 😀

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    • Just Joan November 28, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      You’re right, 227, Tailor does dream big. But who knows, maybe Santa will be feeling generous this year or have extra room on the sleigh. I wondered how St Nick would deliver snow AND a mud puddle on Christmas morning? It’s magic, I guess. 🙂


  7. Quirky Girl December 13, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Love this!!! And now I’m feeling inspired to utilized that Rubik’s cube idea for hiding Santa’s goodies. 😝

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    • Just Joan December 13, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Quirk! That would increase Santa’s toy delivery time exponentially, don’t you think? Let me add that if he brings either of my fur babies a mud puddle, he is not getting any treats from me. Instead, he’ll find a bag of marshmallows with a note attached (idea stolen from a neighbor) reading “You’ve been naughty, so here’s the scoop: All you’re getting is SNOWMAN POOP!” 🙂

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      • Quirky Girl December 15, 2017 / 11:05 am

        Ooh, that’s clever! Snowman poop is way better than coal, anyhow… 😜

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