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Every dog, even the grumpiest, has its day

By Carrie Coppernoll Published: December 10, 2008
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photo -  Greg  Neuman, of Edmond, adjusts the reindeer antlers on his dog Payton's head before they visit Santa Claus at Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Photo by John Clanton
Greg Neuman, of Edmond, adjusts the reindeer antlers on his dog Payton's head before they visit Santa Claus at Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Photo by John Clanton
I like to refer to my dog as a grumpy old man dog.

At age 7, he’s not especially old. Coming from a background of abuse, he is especially grumpy.

So when I decided to include him in a family Christmas portrait, I was worried about how worlds might collide. My grumpy old man dog would be sitting next to probably the least grumpy old man in the world — Santa.

My husband and I took our other dog for a portrait with Santa two years ago. She’s much friendlier and of course loved all the attention, cuddling up against Santa’s legs. That year we left our male dog at home. I felt guilty, as if dogs have any clue they’re not included in the portrait with Santa.

This year, I begged my husband to get another Santa portrait, this time with both dogs. Imagine his enthusiasm. Thankfully, he agreed. Such is the life of a newlywed husband.

We took both dogs to Northpark Mall for photos with the Northwest Oklahoma City Rotary Club.


Northpark Mall
The Northwest Oklahoma City Rotary Club will take photos from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Northpark Mall, 10904 N May Ave.

PETCO
Photos will be taken from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the three metro-area PETCO locations: 7001A Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City, 324 S Bryant in Edmond and 1670 24th Ave. NW in Norman.

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