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Meet the newest addition to our family. I'm just a little over-the-top in love with our new pup. "Gotcha Day" was Black Friday, making this little guy a Christmas Puppy. My heart is so full!
Puppies in History
Humans and dogs have been friends for millennia. Pups have been companions (and hunting partners) since well before written history.
But what about our great-great grandparents? Did Victorians think puppies and Christmas went together?
Puppies for a Victorian Christmas
Vintage newspapers tell the story! Notice this sampling of newspaper ads for puppies ready for Christmas gift-giving. All sources are cited, including the 19th century newspaper's name and date published.
Here are a few of the very Victorian lines:
"Dogs for the children--"
"St. Bernards for Christmas--Thoroughbred puppies..."
"Finest Christmas display of puppies in the city..."
"If you want to please the little ones, buy them them a fox terrier for Christmas..."
"...fine bred puppies; make Christmas last all year..."
Isn't that sweet? I enjoy knowing families have done the puppies for Christmas thing for a long, long while.
A Christmas Puppy, 19th-Century Style
I have a book recommendation for you! Our own Shanna Hatfield wrote a very special Christmas story, with a sweet puppy as a Christmas gift. You won't want to miss this one. I wrote a review of the book, and the story resonates with me still.
Do you know of family stories (a few generations ago, or present) where a pet made for a happy Christmas present?
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