Animal Tales: Photos with Santa

December 22, 2014 - photo frame

AUBURN — It took some coaxing, and some-more than a few treats, though Brynnlee finally motionless that Santa Claus wasn’t such a bad guy.

Santa pets

After a series of treats and a warming adult period, Brynnlee poses for a print with Santa during a Auburn Mall on Dec. 15. Looking on are her owners, a McBride family from Lisbon, from left, Danny, Aviana, Ashley, Lexi and Karen.

Flanked by a tellurian members of her family, a 9-month-old German shepherd carefully sniffed Santa’s outstretched hand. Inched brazen cautiously. Sniffed again. Then simply licked Santa’s nose.

“Who’s a good girl?” Santa cooed. “Oh, what a good girl!”

A few mins after — after a bit of barking during a camera peep and some relaxing — Brynnlee sat proudly beside Santa’s knee, her initial Christmas immortalized with a photo.

Off to a side, Brynnlee’s “mom” beamed. 

“We adore her. We adore Santa. Christmas is special to all of us and we wish her to be partial of it,” Karen McBride said.

For years, a Auburn Mall has offering pet photos with Santa, vouchsafing furry, feathered and scaly family members in on a fun once indifferent for tellurian kids. For a past 3 years, Photo Finish has run Santa Moments in a core of a mall.

“I make a dope out of myself infrequently removing a pets’ attention, though we adore it,” manager Ellie Gagnon said. “They’re partial of a family.”

Although pets can have their print taken with Santa any day, Photo Finish designated Mondays in sold as pet days.

“We have a ones that come each singular year and as shortly as they see Santa they get all vehement since they know they’re going to get a treat. Just like kids, they remember and they know Santa’s a good thing,” Gagnon said. 

Dogs are many expected to revisit Santa. Cats do, too, though not always so eagerly.

“Sometimes they’re unequivocally chill and other times they’re only like, ‘What is going on?'” Gagnon said. “We had one cat who didn’t even need to be held. He came in and sat down right beside Santa.”

Not each pet is furry. Santa once got a revisit from a bearded dragon. And there have been snakes.

No animal is too bizarre for Santa — he’d like to see a potbellied pig sometime, or maybe a vast spider — though infrequently Santa is too bizarre for a animal.

“If a lizard is not gentle with Santa, a relatives — a owners — will be in a print holding a lizard for Santa,” Gagnon said.

But what’s a tip to a good pet photo, generally involving an simply dreaming dog?

According to Santa, “It’s removing them gentle with you.”

“And a squeaker toy,” Gagnon added.

Though a squeaker fondle doesn’t always have a preferred effect.

“Santa’s roughly been ripped out of a chair during one point,” Gagnon said.

But when it all works, it’s magical.

“I remember a tiny collie motionless we indispensable a kiss. And while I’m holding it, it incited around and gave me a kiss. They took a design only as it happened,” Santa said.

It was enchanting for Brynnlee and her family final week. A service-dog-in-training, she’s protecting of her family and heedful around strangers. Santa was really a stranger. 

Kibble helped. So did a courtesy Santa gave her before they went in front of a camera. By a time a span sat down, with Brynnlee’s family looking on, she was happy and calm.

McBride designed to support Brynnlee’s print with Santa and hang it up. She also designed to move Brynnlee’s small sister, a younger puppy, over after that day.

“These are the babies,” McBride said. “Our (human) babies are roughly 18 and roughly 20. She’s my new baby.” 

Have an thought for Animal Tales? Call Lindsay Tice during 689-2854 or email her during

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