It’s not even Christmas yet, but I’ve had it. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m looking forward to my first Christmas with mom and dad. Anticipating great celebrations with my new extended family. Including Amelia, the white Chihuahua, whom I’m excited to meet for the first time. But I’m done with all the pre-holiday hubbub.
You see, yesterday mom told me we’re going to the grooming place. I tried to hide behind dad’s legs under the table. But she found me. Then I tried to show my disappointment in what was going on by not jumping into her car. She lifted me up. Once in the passenger seat, I turned my back to mom and didn’t even look at her. Not once. She should have gotten the hint. I don’t like grooming and baths. The people there are all wonderful, but I just don’t like the ‘pampering’. But mom carried me in there and I patiently went through all the motions. I was happy when I was done and she came to pick me up. We went to Petco together before driving home. That was a small reward.
I had a great time there and thought all this pre-holiday stuff was finally behind me. But no. This afternoon mom told me we were going to do a holiday photo shoot. I had no idea what that meant. But when I saw the camera and the Santa hats, I knew it was nothing I’d enjoy. In addition to the possibly blinding effects of the camera, it was obvious that one of the hats I was supposed to wear was huge and the other far too small. Sigh.
But I tried to comply with mom’s wishes after my best ability. While showing my displeasure with the whole procedure. We go though worse trials for love. So she took a few pictures. But just when I thought it was over, she told me there were no pictures. No pictures? Something was wrong with a card she had put in her camera. We would need to do it all over again! Let me be straight. That. Was. Too. Much.
I have to confess that when dad got involved as the wingman in the second photo shoot, I decided not to collaborate in any way or manner. He whistled for me to jump on the sofa in mom’s office, but I saw right through it. He had no treats. So I remained all alone with the Christmas tree in the living room. Why can’t they just take pictures of each other?
Finally mom came out and went to the kitchen. More precisely, to the pantry I know houses my treats. On the uppermost shelf. That was progress. She emerged with two pieces of my favorite pumpkin cookies. Deceptively she held a cookie piece above the sofa in her office, and I went for it. So there I was, my resolve not to be photographed again in small crumbles. And what did I do? I let her have her shot. But only one. We needed to get over this hump.
I hope you see what I mean. It should be obvious. This was not what I wanted. And those ridiculous ‘singing’ dogs and reindeers around me. Excuse me. Lets forget about this next year, shall we mom? Now I’m just hoping for one simple thing, a peaceful Christmas. No stress. No more hubbub. Kind and joyful spirit. As it should be.
Oh, it’s time for my evening walk. I think I’ll make mom run. She should get used to regular running just in case she’ll put on weight over the holidays. See, I love her even after all she put me through.
Mom and I wish you all wonderful Holidays, whether alone or with family and friends. Bring a smile on someone’s face with your kindness. Now that all the ‘stuff’ is behind me, I hope, I intend to do just that. With love, Dylan
63 thoughts on “Christmas Photo Shoot. I Don’t Think So.”
Very funny post! The best of the season to you Helen!
Thank you Kathy! We wish you the same!
Dylan looks exactly like my poodle Patsy who I got when I was three years on who died when I was seventeen. She was such a smart and loyal adogable! So is Dylan~
Great that Dylan could bring happy memories to you, Cindy. He has so much personality and lets us know his preferences 🙂 He was hilarious this week with everything that was going on for him. Happy Holidays!
Really cute santa dog.
He didn’t think so 🙂 But we did! Happy Holidays!
Priceless! Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 to you and your mom & dad!
Thank you Susan! We all wish you the same and hope you get to enjoy time with your family.
Hang in there, Dylan! What we do for those we love. 🙂 Happy Holidays to you and your mom and dad!
Thank you Barbara! We will get to spend some time with little girls, which I love 🙂 Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Such patience with Mom should be well rewarded! You look so cute Dylan, it was worth all your displeasure. 😉 After all it is the spirit of the season that counts. ❤
I’m getting some rewards…but to speak the truth I don’t know anything about cute 🙂 I just don’t like the ‘pampering’. But I agree with you that it’s the kind spirit of the season that counts. Nose kisses to Sam ❤
Sam says “woof, woof, woooof” which translates to…Merry Christmas Dylan! ❤
Cute post, Helen. Wish you the best for the holidays.
Thank you Nancy. We wish you the same and hope you’re not too sad ❤
Ha, Dylan going through the stress of the season. 🙂 Best wishes for the holidays!
Yes he is …or that’s what he’s telling me. But he’ll be okay…no more seasonal requirements placed on him 🙂 Happy Holidays!
Haha! Adorable! Happy Holidays, Helen. Wishing you all the best in 2017.
Thank you Tahira and very nice to see you! We wish you also the very best in 2017.
You and Dylan make a great team. You have a gift for creative and fun storytelling. Thanks for the Christmas cheer!
Dylan thinks I’m okay, I hope 🙂 Happy he could cheer you up, my friend! Happy Holidays!
Tell Dylan thanks. XD
Your story sounds very similar to many families Helen. Dylan looks adorable and you are a good daughter!! Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas Helen, I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and your family at the salt marsh this year. 🌿☘🎄🌿☘🎄
Thank you Karen. Dylan is a reat ‘boss’ in the house 🙂 I hope to catch the proposal of Papa Stanley when we come back just before new year. We wish you and yours wonderful Christmas and happy New Year!
I smiled the entire time. Loved it
There’s lots of humor in this house, David. Happy it made you smile.
Hyvää ja rauhallista Joulua!
Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta sinullekin, Ritva!
Happy you liked it Susan.
Wishing you and yours the very best!!
I wish you the same, GP! We have a young wounded veteran of three deployments in our extended family so we always remember those who serve/served ❤
Dylan has inherited your story telling gift Tiny, it is an amazing transformation post grooming,. Our Bella totally transforms after pampered pooch visit. Have a wonderful time with your family over Christmas and New Year
Dylan doesn’t like to be ‘pampered’ but he goes through it every time without trauma 🙂 We with you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!
No gain without pain, Dylan. Happy Christmas to you and yours.
I’m learning it friend, says Dylan 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours too.
Gorgeous! Helen, my two are the same. As soon as I point the camera they go all strange on me; must be the camera face I’m wearing. Anyway, those are great images of a very healthy independent and loved Dylan.
Do have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones…
Happy thoughts sent your way from Oz… 🙂
Dylan is very independent indeed. When he says no, it’s a no 🙂 It funny how some dogs don’t mind being photographed and other just hate it. And some dogs like to wear clothes or hats and some want to just get rid of them. Now he will soon embark on his longest road trip with us so far. We wish you a beautiful Christmas! Much love ❤
Mine are definitely of the Dylan variety! 😉
You have me intrigued, Helen: Longest road trip!?!
We are just going to see our son’s family in north Florida for a few days. It’s only about 4-5 hour drive, but Dylan has not yet been there, only seen them here, so this will be the longest road trip for him with us 🙂 XX
Enjoy! I know Dylan will be amazing!
Merry Christmas… 🙂
Happy New Year, Helen, for you and your family (that includes the little four legs, too). Happy New Year, Dylan!
Lots of love.. ❤
Merry Christmas, Tiny. The best of the Season to you my friend. 🙂
Thank you Celestine! We wish you the same…and a very happy and successful writing year 2017 🙂
Oh no Dylan, any chance you’ve been messaging with my teenage son as the two of you sound VERY similar with your displeasure for photoshoots? Unlike my son however you did give mom some cute shots – Merry Christmas to you Darling Dylan and your mom and dad!🎄
Oh…maybe I have been messaging with him…you never know 🙂 We wish a wonderful Christmas to you, Joanne, and your whole family!
Cute post Helen! Dylan reminds me of my 5 yr old grandson, he will only give me so much time taking photos of him, then enough is enough, lol! Happy Holidays Helen, Dylan, and hubby too!
How cute! ❤
A very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year to you all, Tiny!
Thank you Dina! We wish the Fab Four the same!
Happy Holidays Dylan! Enjoy your first Christmas with Mom and Dad 🎄🎄🎄
Cute post Helen😊
Happy Holidays to you & yours too Val! And thanks for so many thought-inspiring posts this year ❤
Thank you Helen 🌟
I hope you are able to put this dignity-stressing experience behind you, Dylan and brave a New Year with your tail held high. Just don’t pee on an electrified tree and you should be okay!
Thanks for your support, Kirizar. With love, Dylan
Glad the pumpkin cookies did the trick, and I hope the road trip goes well too. Merry Christmas!
Thank you Meg! The road trip did go very well, and Dylan enjoyed the grandkids and Amelia’s company as well.
Thanks Dylan and Mom! A nice story and pictures! And what a beautiful Christmas tree! All the best to you: -) Hertta and her mom
Thank you Anja! Nose kisses to Hertta. With love Dylan ❤
Great pictures! I wish you all the best and a very happy New Year!
Thank you Cecilia. Happy 2017 to you as well!
So cute!! Love the story. 🙂
Thank you Amy. Happy you enjoyed my story and I apologize for the tardy response. By mom. Love, Dylan