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Q’s review of weekend Santas for pets

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It is always precious to see the reactions of animals when they go to see Santa or the Easter Bunny each year. Somehow these more animated creatures tend to scare the living daylights out of some dogs while others simply want to attack them like a giant toy. No matter what, though, it is always a great time for the pet parents to show off their four-legged love of their life!

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Two area locations had Santa present this weekend. Quantum Leap, an eight-year-old Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier visited each of the locations.

Usually Q (as he is called) is deathly afraid of Santa; tucks his tail, ears go back and he scoots as far away as he can before he is picked up and placed on Santa’s lap. This year was a turning tide, however. He sat very nice, although he still was not as excited as some dogs seem to be!

Two Bostons, in conjunction with BGC (Building a Global Community) ran a very smooth operation out of an empty neighboring storefront since it was too cold out to take the photos outside on Saturday. Each pet family received a number when they arrived. They could then look around, shop, or just wait around until their number was called.

Andy and AdreAnne Tesene, owners of Two Bostons, were on hand answering questions, restocking shelves and simply making certain that everything ran smoothly. AdreAnne is so sweet and helpful that it is no wonder that so many people shop their three locations!

When it came to Q’s turn, he handled it like a pro (probably just to get the pain over with!). Then he got a treat and headed on to the next Santa sighting.

Danada Veterinary Hospital, owned by Helen Dane, also operates a smooth-flowing operation. You were greeted at the door by one of the front-end employees or even one of the vets. Once you were called, you were taken to the lab area where you were greeted by Dr. Dane herself. Then the family was escorted to the elevator and taken downstairs where the facility was completely decorated for the festivities. Santa and his elf were present to arrange each animal comfortably by Santa or on his lap. Back up you went to await your photo. You were offered snacks and drinks while you waited and visited with other pet families. It was a most enjoyable time.

Of course Quantum Leap got to see his two favorite vets, Dr. Laura Wallach and Dr. Helen Dane. It certainly made it worth the while for him!

The day tuckered this middle-aged man out. He was happy to get home, eat some supper, chew on his bone and sleep the rest of the night. But while he is thinking about it, he would like to wish all pets and their families a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

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