So, I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I have been SOOOO overwhelmed with the Christmas spirit that I felt like I had to share some sories with everyone. This Christmas was oddly a little sad at my house, a very important member of our family, our dog, Gus has gotten suuuuper old, and it became clear that this would probably be he last Christmas.
Now, before I start sharing funny cute stories about him, it’s important to point out that growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Gus. I’ve always been more of a cat person, and honestly the smell of dogs usually makes me feel like puking. BUT since I recently moved home with my parents, Gus has been one of my main pals. It’s been interesting to see the way that he used to treat my brothers (who have always been big fans of him) he now treats me that way. He runs to the door when I come home, he hangs out in my room and is always at my side. We have definitely developed a mutual love for each other. Which is why it has been especially hard for me to watch his heath decrease day by day.
Gus has had some very interesting Christamses. Three years ago, my family visited my mom’s sister, who had a vAry large black lab, who literally spend the entire five hours harassing him, and when I say harassing, I mean that this dog was in the modd for love. Gus was literally terrified. Don’t get me wrong, I felt bad for him, but it was also one of the funniest things I’ve evAr seen!
Another Christmas, we got Gus a few toys (ball, chew rope, etc) and we put them under the tree (unwrapped) about a week before the big day. At one point, my mom commented on the fact that Gus hadn’t touched the toys, which was unusual because he was always big with chew toys. But Gus wouldn’t go near them. On Christmas eve, my mom wrapped the gifts and put them back under the tree. The next morning when we all went to the tree to open the gifts, Gus rushed past all of us, we =nt straight for his toys and tore them open! Sounds kinda hokey, but I think it just shows how much Gus is a part of our family and really belongs with us.
Last year, my parents bough Gus what they thought was a Santa hat for Gus, turns out that it was a dress for a little dog. We put it on him anyway over his head and put his ears through the armholes. It didn’t hurt him or anything and it made for some really cool pictures.
Gus has always been in every family Christmas card and has been a huge part of every family celebration. I used to kind of make fun of people who were so close to their pets, but as I see Gus getting older, I honestly feel like I am losing a family member. When he is not around, this time next year, I think my family will again, have a semi-sad Christmas.

I am sharing my favorite pet holiday memory as a part of the Holiday Dog Love campaign sponsored by DogFenceDiy, the invisible fence alternative. DogFenceDiy is committed to keeping dogs safe and warm this holiday season.

31. December 2011 by KNedvidek
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