Shelby’s Annual Santa Paws photos

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I’ll keep this brief and let the photos speak for themselves. Shelby was the world’s most patient, kind and loving dog. I put her in the most interesting (and probably uncomfortable outfits) but she took them all in stride.

I missed a couple of years but for the most part, Shelby always got her Santa photos. Oh to be in the mind of a dog and know what she was really thinking with the antlers, the dresses, the bows. The ones where she looks truly pissed are among my favorites since I don’t think Shelby had a mean bone in her body and she always got so excited when I would pull out her outfits.

It became my favorite time of year – the date I would mark on our calendar so we wouldn’t miss it. In 2011 I was traveling so much for work, I almost did miss it and begged my neighbor to take her. He declined and thankfully my work schedule permitted us our annual photo day.

Shelby and I started a new tradition a couple years after moving to the beach. What started off as a Christmas walk on the beach (you can’t beat 80 degrees at Christmas), became a tradition; another chance for her to wear her dress and spread some cheer. Even last year when her leg was bugging her, we made the trek to sit on the beach.

Oh Shelby … I miss you so much this time of year. We had the BEST holidays. Love of my life – it will never be the same but thankfully, the photos, the videos and the memories will forever warm and comfort my aching heart. I hope you are wearing a set of antlers just for me! Mommy loves you – to the moon and back and for all infinity.


Her first Santa photo! 2002
Her first Santa photo! 2002

















Rare sighting of Mrs. Claus too. 2003

















Santa, 2004












Santa 2006

















That face! Seriously - she wasn't that angry.
That face! Seriously – she wasn’t that angry. 2008





















Santa – 2009












Santa 2010
















We had to do it twice this year since we weren't happy with the first pics
We had to do it twice this year since we weren’t happy with the first pics (2010)
The face says it all…., 2011
Her pretty dress
Her pretty dress, 2012













We didn't know it would be our last Christmas but this truly was one of her best photos. Loved her plaid dress.
We didn’t know it would be our last Christmas but this truly was one of her best photos. Loved her plaid dress. 2013
Just a dog on the beach spreading holiday cheer, 2012













Velvet! Sparkles here too.
Velvet! Sparkles here too.













One of her favorite dresses
One of her favorite dresses













Home in Seattle 2004





















In New Orleans - the best set - ever!
In New Orleans – the best set – ever!














On the beach, 2011


On the beach, 2012


Author: mom2shelby

Mom to 13 year old Shelby - Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. A rescue dog that was born in New Orleans. Shelby is a spirited, smart and happy little dog who loves to run, play, go to the beach (we live in LA) and ride in the car! She is my best friend and the true love of my life!

6 thoughts on “Shelby’s Annual Santa Paws photos”

  1. I love each & everyone one of these. I love how she had matured over the years and you both loved doing Santa pictures.

    Hugs Shelby. I know you are having a blast on the bridge

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. Love, love, love these!!!!! And I’m so JEALOUS that you have all of these photos of your heart-love! What a blessing. Thank you so much for sharing. It really brought a huge smile to my face.

    I think my favorite is the one where she’s on the bench at the beach. She looks as if she’s reflecting.


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