The Sergei Foundation


The Animal Rescue Site

B-more Dog


Pinups for Pitbulls



Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue

Our Pack, Inc.

Maine Coonhound Rescue

Saving Shelter Pets, Inc.


LD Logo Color

SoBo HoHo: Posing with the dogs

Though Santa loves all dogs, some dogs like Santa more than others.

And a few — I discovered during my two-hour stint as St. Nick yesterday in South Baltimore’s Riverside Park — want nothing to do with him at all.

During an event to raise money for BARCS Franky Fund, nearly 100 dogs showed up to have their pictures taken with Santa. You can see all of the photos here.

Most dogs were eager to hop in my lap, but a handful didn’t want to get anywhere near me. Golden retrievers seemed particularly wary of Santa, even when tempted with treats. But one way or another, we managed to get photos of every dog with Santa.

A few dogs, like Lola (above) couldn’t wait to get off Santa’s lap — even dogs who, like her, are long-time friends and normally love me in civilian attire.

The biggest problem was keeping my Santa beard on amid all the squirming. One dog, a golden retriever whose leash I was holding, pulled me out of my bright green lawn chair (a kitschy South Baltimore Christmas was our theme), to the ground, and then actually dragged me a foot or two.

I only got growled at a couple of times, and most of the subjects were cooperative — dogs, humans and the two cats that showed up. All in all, the hardest part was walking the three blocks to the park. Several children stopped me, one of whom wanted a motorcycle for Christmas, but settled for a hug.

Several hundred dollars were raised for the Franky Fund — an emergency fund at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter that provides medical care to sick and injured animals.

If you missed out, there will be another Franky Fund event (more traditional, and with a different Santa) Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Federal Hill Park.

(No animals were harmed in the making of this blog entry.)


Comment from MG
Time November 23, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Too funny
Great pictures
Great cause
Some of those dogs and the cats look like they`d rather have stayed home and had a bath though.

Comment from iheartdogs
Time November 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm

as lola’s mom i can attest to the fact that she completely adores john in civilian clothes! john in santa clothes is clearly a different story all together.

john, you were a great santa! thank you for volunteering your time.

i hope everyone who could not make yesterday’s event can attend on the 6th at federal hill.


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time November 24, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Great pictures. It looks like everybody had a fine time.

Comment from baltimoregal
Time November 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm

That was a lot of fun! Stella enjoyed it more than she looks in her picture- she’s looking at the photographers like “what are you doing?”. The pictures of you with that bulldog are beyond hilarious, BTW.