As is standard tradition, we took dogs with us to pick out our christmas tree. I honestly can't remember a dog-free christmas tree farm visit. It just wouldn't be the same without the pups!
This year it was just Tango and Nemo. Lily and little Ike stayed at home – it was gray and drizzly, and besides, we didn't want to leave just one dog at home. So Dana chose Nemo and I (of course) chose Tango.
The dogs love to run through the fields (on leash, of course) sniffing and snuffling to see what scents they can uncover. I only wish I had their sense of smell for just one day! I would love to know what complex smells they can latch onto and recognize.
The folks who own the christmas tree farm are dog-friendly and even let the dogs into the barn where they have fresh wreaths and other christmastime goodies for sale. The dogs get a good whiff of all the good smells there, too. We usually run across a few families who want to come over and pet the dogs. The dogs are all too happy to oblige – there's no such thing as too much love from the dog's perspective!
Going to the christmas tree farm is one of our traditions we share with the dogs – what are your traditions involving dogs?
It only makes sense to let the dogs pick the tree, I’m sure they an tell so much more about it than us humans with our lowly sense of smell.
We’re headed out tomorrow with Honey to pick our tree. She’ll be the third dog we’ve done this tradition with.
We’re starting a new tradition today. Here in Ithaca, NY, Santa arrives by rappelling down the side of a 5 story building (along with a couple of elves and Rudolph). No, I’m not kidding. This is the police department’s SWAT team’s contribution to the holidays.
Anyway, the Commons where this happens is not open to dogs but we’re going to lurk on the edges and hope that Honey’s excellent behavior starts a massive call for a change in the rules.