The Real Christmas
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over
their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I
bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the
town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be
a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising
God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and
on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke
No Christmas Puppies!
More than once, you have probably heard the statement, "No Christmas
puppies." The Westie Club of America as well as AKC promote this on their
websites. Why? <Read
Even though we want to keep the real meaning in Christmas (celebrating the
birth of Jesus), we still have to admit it is a hectic time of year. We
engage in shopping, parties, decorating the Christmas tree, church Christmas
events, family gatherings, and it is very easy to overlook the potential
hazards for our pets.
Westies, being naturally curious creatures, want to thoroughly check out
anything new that comes into the house and here is where some potential
problems can come into play.
Will you have a live or artificial Christmas tree? How will this affect your
Westie or other pets? <Read
Alternative To The Vet's Choice!
When you pick up your beloved Westie at the vet's office after a spay or
neuter, you always get one of these beautiful collars! Of course, the
purpose is to keep them from licking or trying to remove stitches. It
works, but it is terribly offensive to both you and your Westie. Our dogs
were embarrassed by the thing! I was embarrassed for them as well.
We really like our vet, Dr. White, but we do give him a bit of trouble. We
never agree to leave our dogs overnight at the vet's office. We brought all
of our dogs home after a spay, neuter, or any other surgery. Of course, if
it was a life-threatening experience, that would be different. We figure we
will give better care and watch them more closely than they do. They are
left alone all night and no one is there to take care of them and give them
We have a solution. While
your Westie is having surgery, go to Wal-Mart and purchase Onesies. If
your Westie is around 14-15 pounds, buy a medium. If around 18 pounds, buy a
large. You will need to cut a hole for the tail. Your Westie will enjoy the new
look and will not be scratching or licking. Be sure to buy more than one so you
can have one on hand during laundering time.
At nighttime, we like to turn the heat down and sleep under the covers.
During these cold winter nights in GA a lot of covers come in handy. We also
put PJ's on Chloe, Darby, and Paris so they will sleep warm as well.
Research indicates that around 50% of dogs sleep with their owners. If you
had told me 15 years ago that we would be sharing our king size bed with
Miss Chloe, Darby, and Paris, I would have laughed at you. I mean, after
all, three dogs? My upbringing tells me I should be embarrassed to admit it,
but I learned a long time ago that our dogs are ours and if you don't want
white hair (they say that Westies do not shed!) on your black pants, visit
Our experience has been that it strengthens the bond we feel together and we
just love their affection. Now, I must say there are times I have to battle
it out with Miss Chloe. She is a notorious bed hog. I try to be as
persistent as she is and sometimes I win, especially if I can get Linda to
slide her over toward her. I try to be firm, making it absolutely clear what
part of the bed they are allowed to sleep on, but it doesn't usually work!
They intrude on my space, they don't give any ground. They push slowly and
steadily against me until I give up. Linda has over half the bed for herself
and I spend the night surrounded with love, affection, and an occasional
lick. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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