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A day revisited: Dogs love Santa too


I was searching the archives for a couple of Days for my radio show and came across a day I wrote in Dec. of 2002. The great thing about having a subscription to 365 DOC is that you have access to the archives, which now number close to 3000 Days.

I thought I would share this day with you since it is about the holidays and mentions my Yorkie Muffassa who passed away two days after Christmas last year. My husband and I were visiting family in Florida when Muffassa died. It was one of the worst days of my life and I still miss him so much. Reading this day brought back found memories of the little guy and how much he loved to go “bye bye” and do other fun things like dress up for Halloween (That is Muffassa dressed as Super Dog) visit Santa.

During the holidays don’t forget to involve your pets. Also don’t forget to keep them safe by keeping them away from anything harmful.

Happy Holidays.


365 Days of Coaching

Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Dogs Like Santa, Too!

The Christmas season is a time to celebrate and enjoy the sights and sounds. Although we might think of this as just a time for people, fur people also enjoy the holiday. My two Yorkshire terriers, Muffassa and Surrobbie, love going for rides and when that ride takes them to their favorite store, PetsMart, that is even better. Santa visits PetsMart during this time so that all his fur friends can tell him what they want. Muffassa and Surrobbie enjoy their visit with Santa every year. They love sitting on Santa’s lap and having their picture taken. Not to mention a treat or two. It is a fun adventure for the entire family.

Animals add so much, not just during the holidays, but all year long. I am definitely a better person because of my dogs. They have taught me compassion, patience, and loyalty. I have a pillow on my sofa that says, “My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” I am not sure I will ever achieve that goal, but I strive each day to be that person.

People around the world enjoy the benefits of pets. Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Australia has the highest percentage of pet ownership in the world. Why do people have pets? There are many reasons. Some of the health benefits of pets are:
Pets can decrease your:

Blood pressure

Cholesterol levels

Triglyceride levels

Feelings of loneliness

Pets can increase your:

Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities

Opportunities for socialization

Other advantages of owning pets are:

People who own pets typically visit the doctor less often and use medication less

Pet owners recover more quickly from illness and surgery

Pet owners deal better with stressful situations

In Feng Shui, healthy, friendly pets raise the ch’i (energy) of the environment.


Animals add much to our lives. Even if we don’t have pets, we can enjoy the benefits of animals by spending time in their environment such as a zoo or animal atrium. One of my friends cannot have a pet in her apartment, so once a month she borrows a friend’s pet and spends time with it. Animals can add much to our lives and support us in enjoying life more.

Coaching Question

How can you enjoy the animals in your life?

Coaching Challenge

Animals can provide many benefits. Over the holiday season create an opportunity for animals to be a part of your celebration.

Daily Success Formula

Pets = Many health benefits


“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. George Eliot

“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” Haile Selassie

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