Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Pics

Here are a few pictures from our holiday:

 How could Santa not love these three adorable spotty faces?!!

 My great-nephews Logan and Ryan joined us on Christmas Eve.  Jazz wasn't too sure about two active toddlers, Tess was more interested in the Christmas gifts, and Indy thought it was one big p-a-r-t-y to have two little boys to run around with!!

 Here's Tess and Jazz unwrapping one of their gifts.

 Indy play-bowing to Jazz, hoping to get his chance to play with the new warthog toy.

Indy, Jazz, and Tess in the aftermath of their present-opening frenzy.  Tess not only loves to open her gifts, but she likes to make sure the wrapping paper is shredded into tiny pieces.

Hope everyone had a good holiday.  We enjoyed time with family, human and canine.  Each of our dogs is truly a Christmas blessing and we couldn't imagine a better gift!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Since we are hosting my family's Christmas Eve celebration, I suspect things will get hectic around here tomorrow, so I wanted to post our Christmas greetings!

A very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!




Friday, December 21, 2012

Pet Therapy Pics

I'm a little behind in posting (and just about everything else), but the dogs had their holiday pet therapy visit at the hospital Wednesday evening and some pictures we took are below.

Here's the three therapy dogs, Jazz, Sammie, and Tess, in front of a beautiful display of poinsettias in the lobby.  The girls were wearing their Santa outfits and Uncle Jim kept telling everyone they were "Santamatians."  We also teased everyone that the girls were getting holiday pay for wearing the Santa suits.  Everyone got a good chuckle over that.

Jazz and Tess in front of one of the beautifully decorated trees at the hospital.

Here are the girls again showing off their Santa suits in front of the poinsettias.  When we placed the three dogs in this location, people gathered and cell phone cameras were going off all over!  One young couple stopped and asked to take a photo.  When we agreed, the husband handed the cell phone to his wife, and she promptly suggested that he take the photo himself, since it was his phone.  Well, he insisted that she take the photo, because he was going to get in there and pose with the dogs, which he did, to her chagrin!  It was a very funny exchange.

We love our pet therapy visits at the hospital.  The dogs are appreciated by so many, patients, staff, visitors.  The staff from the floor we visit sent a tray of cookies for us because they wanted us to know how much they appreciated the pet therapy visits.  They say the patients are still talking about the dogs the next day!  

The pet therapy program has grown at UPMC Passavant, and we're very happy to be a part of that.  While we're off for the holidays, we're going to make a special visit to the Cancer Center.  The dogs will spread a little holiday cheer to folks receiving their chemo treatments. We wish we could visit there more often, but we have to go during the daytime hours and we can only do that when the three handlers are off of work!

Happy Holidays from the hardest working "Santamatians" in town!!