Sadly he didn't arrive in a cool 1950s car. He was at the Staten Island Pet Smart.
First we visited Grandpa in Bay Ridge
We didn't bring Bob because we know he is not too crazy about his Uncle Rocco, not pictured, a puggle. After visiting Grandpa we drove through Staten Island to see the big guy, sadly the NJ pet smart has stopped having a live Santa and our local pet store that used to do photos closed. So Pet Smart it was, and it was packed! The line wrapped around the store and I was reminded of my favorite Christmas Story, Santa Land Diaries by David Sedaris, if you haven't read or listened to it you must! Here is the link to the transcript and recording.
Anyway, I was relived we hadn't brought Bob because he would never have tolerated the line and there was a huge pet adoption event too, I was glad about that because we where able to make a donation. The line was filled with cute dogs so it was fun.
My favorite was a tiny chihuahua puppy, you can barely see him on his mom's shoulder here:
I got to hold him and should have taken a photo then but I was seriously overwhelmed! He was so tiny and cute. He weighed 1.5 lbs and was 14 weeks old. He made Tuvok look huge. His mom said he should get to be between 3.5 and 4 lbs fully grown which is a healthy weight for a chihuahua, I've done research. Why anyone on Earth would want an even smaller dog is beyond me but they do! Someday I will have a chihuahua from a reputable Chihuahua club of America breeder.
Anyway we finally reached the end of the line and there was Santa. Santa was very nice but the photo elf was kind of rude.
I really wanted to be able to display Santa photos of Weasley Fry and Tuvok on our mantle along with our old dogs. Oh well.