Christmas trees have always brought mischief to my pack……….
One year, I thought it would be a great idea to bake a big batch of gingerbread cookies, poke holes in the top, and string them on the tree.
Evidently, my two toy poodles thought the same. All cookies within reach were missing……..Those left were maimed …….. bitten off bodies forlornly dangling…….
It is amazing how high a tiny toy poodle can jump with a whiff of gingerbread up his nose.
One year, we found Gingersnap, our cairn terrier munching on a glass Christmas light string. By some amazing Christmas grace, she was all right. That tough terrier had the stomach of iron…. if there was something old and disgusting on the ground, it usually found its way to her belly, without repercussion. Glass was truly her greatest feat, though.
Then, there was the year of the loud crash……..yes, my Christmas tree had toppled over………many ornaments shattered on the floor……..
No one knows which culprit did the dastardly deed…….could have been any tail whooshing by ……
We learned very quickly to tie the tree to a ceiling hook after that.
Dogs find Christmas trees fascinating…….just like us. They wonder what this wild giant is doing in the middle of the living room, not in the grass……. The lure to take a pine scented drink is too tempting to escape…..as well as the lure to add their own scent or two at the bottom.
Ways to disguise the beautiful new water bowl must be devised….elaborate wrapping of tree skirts to discourage the tree becoming a refreshment stand must be created. All fragile ornaments must be place on high…and no delicious temptations strung on the branches. No dangerous tinsel to sparkle and attract little bellies and no glass bulbs within reach.
Is it worth it? As human and canine eyes sit mesmerized by the sparkle and lights……
Yes………..worth every moment.