1. Give lots of doggie leans and nuzzles.
Humans are under a lot of stress at this time. It is a season of joy and happiness and you know how hard it is for humans to be joyful and happy. This season calls for a lot of patience on the part of dogs to get them through it.
2. There will be lots of pictures. Plant yourself in the center and look adorable.
Many years from now your humans will look back at those pictures with bittersweet memories.
Never mind why.
3. Be patient if they try to decorate you.
For some reason they think antlers and red hats on dogs are adorable. Be a good sport, but smiling for these pictures is not necessary or wise. Remember, they are not laughing with you, they are laughing at you. They will probably give you noms to ease their consciences.
4. They will bring home packages which they call gifts.
They won’t think it’s funny if you rip them open, no matter how great they smell.
5. There will be food, lots of food, but be patient.
Helping yourself to the buffet or scarfing down a roast from the dining room table will get you banished from the festivities. Scope out little people and drunks. They drop more food.
6. If a large man in a red suit and white beard comes down the chimney, don’t bite him.
Never mind why. You wouldn’t believe it.
7. As weird as this sounds, even for humans, they will bring a tree into the house and put lights and decorations on it.
There are some definite rules for you to follow regarding the tree:
- Do not pee on it -
- Don’t knock it over -
- Don’t munch on the decorations -
- Don’t drink out of the bowl that holds the tree -
- Don’t wag your tail too hard when it is aimed toward the tree -
8. Expect company to show up from time to time.
The Dog’s Rules for House Guests will be re-published in an upcoming post.