I’m counting down the days until Santa comes to see me at my house. It won’t be long now.
I visited Santa myself last weekend at the beautiful Bass Pro Shop in Macon where about 3 million kids and I told him what we wanted for Christmas. He was very nice and so patient with all the kids and me.
I told him I have really been a good boy this year. I think he believed me. I hope so because I really do want some new toys and maybe some cookies and treats, too.
While I do wish for cookies and treats for myself, my sincere Christmas wish is for the animals out there that need love and attention. That’s who I write my wish list for.
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For every homeless pet spending Christmas in a lonely, scary shelter, I wish for a heart full of hope that a new family will take them home in time. And I pray that more people will consider adopting from a shelter to help save a life rather than purchasing a pet.
For every older pet out there that has spent his entire life showing loyalty and love to his family, I wish him the privilege of spending his final years surrounded by the family he loves rather than being discarded to make room for a cute new puppy or kitten.
For every baby pet that joins a family this Christmas, I wish for the family to show him love for a lifetime, even when he grows up and is no longer small and playful.
For every homeless animal wandering the streets, dodging traffic and searching for the next meal, I wish for a kind soul to offer a safe place to stay, a full bowl of food and a gentle embrace.
For every lost pet trying to find his way back home, I wish for caring people who intentionally look at fliers posted on street signs, who regularly read my Facebook pages and who will actually stop and pick up a lost animal they see rather than waiting for someone else to do it.
For all the dogs crammed in a small cage in a puppy mill that are forced to continually produce puppies, I wish for a compassionate community that will help liberate them from this injustice.
For every pet that has been harmed by the hand of someone they trusted, I wish for an advocate who will rescue him from danger.
Finally, this Christmas I wish you joy, peace and love. And I leave you with my favorite verse I wrote from my Christmas card several years ago:
May you be surrounded by the affection of loved ones.
May you bask in the warmth and safety of a loving home.
And may you be blessed with a tender heart to share your love with others.
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