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Christmas Card Conundrum

by Jennie Guido


It’s Christmas time once again, and the Guidos have a new tradition. Amid the gift exchanging, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, egg nog, and spaghetti and meatballs, we gather up the four-legged Guidos and capture a family portrait.


ow, this isn’t the easiest of tasks. We currently have six assorted hounds and pups. Each one has a distinct character and set of quirks; so when it comes to posing for the camera, our work is cut out for us.


We have to divvy up the dogs per human. We have to make sure Honey the Boykin and Jo the Beagle aren’t touching (or looking at) Pebbles the Yorkie. We have to settle Jackie the Beagle so her best side is showing, and she is comfortable. And this year, we have the incredible task of making sure Mom and Dad’s newest additions (the twin Labradors) stop giving hugs and kisses long enough to pose. Finally, we the humans have to smile and not look like crazed lunatics amongst the chaos.


This usually takes several tries, and the picture is rarely perfect. Last year, Jo threw a temper tantrum mid-photo. The year before that, Honey got a kiss in once we all focused on the camera. However, each one shows our current stage in puppy-hood and another holiday season under our belts.


Happy Holidays from the Guido clan to yours! May your days be fury and bright this holiday season.

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