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.