Category Archives: Holidays

Puppy Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, Truman enjoys a reunion with an old love…Mr. Banana.

TrumanVision: Old Carrot, New Carrot

Puppy Birthday to Yooooooou

Truman is one year old today! To celebrate, I’m walking him down the street to the fancy dog wash, where they will undoubtedly lavish him with cookies and affection; taking him to our monthly puppy raiser meeting tonight; and giving him a present that I thought would be perfect for the occasion.

Do you remember Truman’s favorite carrot?



I found another one, in a more big-dog-appropriate size:

Happy Birthday, Roo!

Happy Roo Year

May your 2008 be joyous, prosperous, and filled with the blessings of family and dear friends. Truman and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from Truman

May you be blessed today, as we are, and remember the true Source of hope and expectation, who is the reason for this holiday. Merry Christmas.

Not a Creature Was Stirring…

…not even the Roo.

Truman at the Grove

As a fellow “employee” of the nonprofit where I work, Truman got to attend our annual holiday party — a lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Because he was so good, tucked into a corner under the table where I was sitting, many people didn’t even know he was there. But he wasn’t left out of the merry-making! After our “white elephant” gift exchange, the VP of my department stood up and announced that Truman should receive a gift as well. She handed me a cute little bag, in which was a bone-shaped ceramic bowl for his Christmas treats.

After lunch, I took Truman for a little walk through The Grove shopping center, greeting the enthusiastic children of harried holiday shoppers, and stopping for photos in front of Santa’s house. When we’d had enough of the crowds, Truman and I headed toward the parking structure to take one last picture before the trafficky drive home.

Our Favorite Meeting of the Year

The December puppy raiser meeting is always my favorite. There’s plenty of food (and chocolate!), everybody’s in a good mood, the photo-op decor is festive, and the holiday spirit abounds. Nobody seems to mind the chaos.

In addition to a raffle and a gift exchange (we got a fleece tug toy and an adorable paw print cookie jar filled with organic dog biscuits), recent tradition has added the viewing of a year-end DVD full of photo montages. This year’s show included the usual “everyone’s included” video as well as salutes to the South Bay breeder dogs, retirees, “doodles,” and Christmas parade participants. Plenty of tears and belly-laughs to go around….

Funny how the humans are the only ones tired after such a long evening. Looks like whoever plugged in the tree also plugged in the dogs:

Ghosts of Christmas Past

One tradition at the GDA holiday potluck is the puppy Christmas tree. Puppy raisers bring an ornament for their puppy-in-training, and hang it on the tree. Ornaments from previous years are hung on the walls of the building.

Next year, after Truman has been turned in for formal training, I will find this little ornament I made for him, and hopefully have a good laugh.

Our Festive Friends