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’Tis the Season

When my Anna was youngster under a year old, a Pied Piper of a neighborhood dog apparently freed her and her cousin, Moses, from the backyard, and they went off on a big adventure. Sadly, Anna, a golden retriever, was hit by a car, an accident that dislocated her hip, which is a difficult injury for large dogs. She had a very, very long recovery at the veterinary clinic. She came home at Christmastime, and to commemorate the first of our many, many holidays together, I took her, wearing homemade pajamas to protect her double (maybe triple) rows of stitches, to pose for a photo with Santa. The photo, an honored keepsake in a frame with hearts, occupies a special spot on the hall bookcase.

The fond memory of that excursion is partly what prompted me to round up San Francisco Bay Area pet-oriented events in the holiday season, such as photo shoots with Santa and pet portrait painting sessions. But I also wanted to remind dog lovers and Bay Woof readers that the hard-working rescue groups and shelters that schedule many of these events use them to raise funds, and they can all use additional donations, trust me. So be generous in this, the giving season.

Also in the spirit of the season, Bay Woof has some clever ideas for gifts—squeaky toys, tasty treats, blinged-out collars and leashes, canine-friendly ice cream—for your fur babies. We also have some suggestions for the human dog fanatics of all ages in your life: books, including reference books, picture books, kids books, fiction, and nonfiction, all starring canines, of course.

Finally, we’re able to spread a little extra holiday cheer with some good news about the Golden Gate National Recreation Area: The National Park Service has abandoned attempts to restrict dog walking in the GGNRA. Hooray!

Happy holidays, peace, and good will from Bay Woof.