8 reasons a dog is better than Santa

Howard Baker - RN BSN

Courtesy photo. Hobo in his Santa hat

Most of us — if not all of us — have sung, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and according to the research your dog may be better than any Santa Claus. Dog owners do not need a research study to prove their dog has an automatic trigger reflex that matches their emotional state. If you’re happy your dog is happy and of course your dog knows if you are sad or upset. They know when we are sleeping they know when we are awake, and as the song goes they know when we are bad or good.

A friend of mine told a story last week of being around a therapy dog that would not leave her alone. When the dog’s owner inquired if my friend was stressed, the owner told her the dog can sense when people are stressed and knows who needs their attention. My friend who is not the biggest dog lover in the world had to agree that yes she has been stressed and the dog was spot on. I am sure this will not convince my friend that she needs a dog but, I think it opens a window of insight previously not there.

8 Reasons A Dog is Better Than Santa Claus:

1. Awakes you every morning with presents money can’t buy

2. Knows if you’re naughty or nice and doesn’t care

3. Doesn’t keep score or any list

4. Nothing to watch out for

5. If you cry, they’re by your side to comfort you

6. If you pout they will give you 100 reasons to laugh

7. Their squeaky toys are better and cheaper than rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums

8. Your dog will never forsake you

You may ask — how could you possibly compare a dog to Santa Claus? I am glad you asked. While reading a research article on the empathic response of dogs, it occurred to me that anyone with a dog already knows this stuff. Dogs and humans have shared a symbiotic bond for at least 15,000 years and dog lovers already know dog ownership is better than Santa Claus. If you believe in the magic of Christmas and the meaning of the holiday, then you know your dog delivers daily on its true meaning.

Dogs give and show us unconditional love and acceptance, which in turn teaches by example the true value and meaning of love. You will soon realize, a dog gives far more than they receive and we get more than we usually deserve. Some of my fondest childhood memories of my grandfather are of him running and greeting every one of us with such excitement and enthusiasm that it made us all feel special and accepted. Just as a dog runs to us excited to see we are back even if we were in the other room—the best part is they cherish every pet, pat, hug, and minute we share with them.

My friend learned a dog could sense if she was stressed and how petting the dog lessened her load. I could write about the health benefits dogs have on us but, this is Christmas and it’s time to make the most of the season. If you don’t have a dog in your home please consider adopting a new pet from your local shelter or breed specific rescue you will never regret it — trust me, it will be the most meaningful Christmas in your heart today and every day. Woof Woof Woof Merry Christmas!

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Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Follow Hobo at Hobo the Wonder Dog on Facebook or contact him at: [email protected]


Courtesy photo. Hobo in his Santa hat
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Howard Baker


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