1. Be especially patient with your humans during this
time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will
appreciate long comforting dog leans, wags (especially circular wags)
2. They may come home with large bags of things they
call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you.
They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you
look with fake antlers.
4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it
up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations.
Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your
humans, so there are some things you need to know:
~ don't pee on the tree
~ don't drink water in the container that holds the tree
~ mind your tail when you are near the tree
~ if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting
or that have your name on them, don't rip them open
~ don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the
wall to the tree
5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers
to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but
they also call for some discretion on your part:
~ not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans
~ don't eat off the buffet table
~ beg for goodies subtly
~ be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
~ don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach.
6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here
your manners will also be important:
~ observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in
other people's houses.
(4a is particularly important)
~ respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
~ tolerate children
~ smile your best foxy smile
~ turn on your charm big time
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh
may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON'T BITE
HIM!! (Barking is okay.)
Go on to Christmas
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