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HO, HO, HO, MERRY CRITTERS!

Byline: Jim Feehan The Register-Guard

I saw Zoe kissing Santa Claus Santa Claus: see Nicholas, Saint.

Santa Claus

jolly, gift-giving figure who visits children on Christmas Eve. [Christian Tradition: NCE, 1937]

See : Christmas


Santa Claus
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There was no mistletoe mistletoe, common name for the Loranthaceae, a family of chiefly tropical hemiparasitic herbs and shrubs with leathery evergreen leaves and waxy white berries. They have green leaves, but they manufacture only part of the nutrients they require.  in sight Sunday, and Zoe was a 4-month-old Welsh Corgi Welsh corgi: see Cardigan Welsh corgi; Pembroke Welsh corgi.
Welsh corgi

Either of two breeds of cattle dogs. The Cardigan Welsh corgi was developed from relatives of the dachshund that Celts brought to Wales c. 1200 BC.
 and wire-haired terrier mix. Perched on Santa's lap, Zoe surprised St. Nick with a peck on the nose.

"He just likes men in red suits," said Janelle Douglass of Springfield, whose mother, Debi Douglass, owns the affectionate pooch. The Douglasses were among about 100 pet owners whose animals had a "photo op" with Santa on Sunday at the Greenhill Humane Society A humane society is a group that aims to stop animal suffering due to cruelty or other reasons. Examples
Examples of humane societies include: The Humane Society of the United States, Peninsula Humane Society, American Humane which was founded in 1877 as a network of
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For $12, visitors and their pets received a sitting with Santa and a digital photo suitable for framing. For an additional $5, they could have the photos posted online.

Proceeds from the two-day fund-raising event, which included a raffle of a pet gift basket, will go toward feeding and caring for Greenhill's animals, said Theresa Iverson, shelter manager.

Attendance more than doubled from last year's event, which drew fewer than 50 people over three weekends, organizers said.

A menagerie of pets, including several dogs, a cat, a guinea pig guinea pig (gĭn`ē), domesticated form of the cavy, Cavia porcellus, a South American rodent. It is unrelated to the pig; the name may refer to its shrill squeal. , two rabbits and a hamster hamster, Old World rodent, related to the voles, lemmings, and New World mice. There are many hamster species, classified in several genera. All are solitary, burrowing, nocturnal animals, with chunky bodies, short tails, soft, thick fur, and large external cheek , lined up to be photographed with Santa. But St. Nick drew the line when it came to a pet snake.

Waiting patiently in line was Karen Creighton of Eugene, who brought along Wilbur, a 9-month-old hamster, and Picasso, a border collie border collie, breed of medium-sized, sheepherding dog developed in the British Isles. It stands about 18 in. (45.7 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 30 to 45 lb (13.6–20.4 kg).  and blue heeler mix. She decided not to bring her orange tabby, Mr. Daisy, because of his penchant for eating hamsters.

"He's my killer kitty. But I must say the dog is very protective of the hamsters and tries to ward off the cat," Creighton said.

Santa cradled Wilbur in a white-gloved hand while Picasso and Creighton nudged next to Kris Kringle on a small sofa. Two of Santa's helpers used a squeaky toy and a clicker click·er  
n.
One that clicks, as:
a. A remote control, as for a television or VCR.

b. A computer mouse.

c. A mechanical counter.
 to help them strike a pose.

"I'm going to e-mail the photo to relatives because I'm always talking about my animals," Creighton said.

Eric Potter of Springfield already has plans for his photos of Santa and his two dogs - Buster, a 7-year-old dachshund-Yorkshire terrier mix, and Junior, a 2-year-old Jack Russell-Pekingese mix.

"It will be our Christmas card; after all, they're our kids," he said.

Santa would not divulge if the pets were naughty or nice this year, but he did tell some of his more unusual requests.

"The cats asked for catnip. One dog asked for a cat to chase, but that's not appropriate," Santa said. "And the hamster, he asked for a big bag of carrots."

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