NZ Forest Native Birds
The Twelve Doggy Days of Christmas

Come share Christmas with my dogs. Christmas is traditionally a miserable time for many dogs (and cats). We who love these two wonderful species just can’t understand how any human who deserves to be called a human could possibly treat innocent creatures so badly. May you and your loved pets (including ones that are neither dog nor cat!) have a wonderful Christmas Holiday together. Sing this Christmas song to them. J

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo featuring all four dogs. It’s very hard to get them all together, especially since Krystal didn’t ’t usually like sharing a basket with others. On the blanket in the photo below are:

Krystal (13, now alas no longer with us) on the right; Sanneke (10, now nearly 15) on the left; Abban (2, now 6) at the back. Abban is Sanneke’s grandson. Jessica (9 months in this photo and now nearly 5) is shown eating her dinner. She is so much like a female version of Nicky that I often call her “Nikki Girl”.

Sadly, it was Sanneke’s turn to leave us this year. She died (at the vet’s) at 10am on Boxing Day. We always hope our elderly dogs will die peacefully in their sleep, but so far this has never happened. To me Sanneke’s turn seemed to come when I’d barely got over losing Krystal.


Four Dachshunds

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A Dachshund in a basket

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
two Afghan hounds and a Dachshund in a basket

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
three ridgebacks, two Afghan hounds
and a Dachshund in a basket

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
four collie dogs, three ridgebacks, two Afghan hounds
and a Dachshund in a basket

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
five poodles, four collie dogs, three ridgebacks,
two Afghan hounds and a Dachshund in a basket.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
six spaniels swimming, five poodles, four collie dogs,
three ridgebacks, two Afghan hounds
and a Dachshund in a basket.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
seven German shepherds, six spaniels swimming,
five poodles, four collie dogs, three ridgebacks,
two Afghan hounds and a Dachshund in a basket.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
eight beagles hunting, seven German shepherds,
six spaniels swimming, five poodles, four collie dogs,
three ridgebacks, two Afghan hounds
and a Dachshund in a basket.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
nine pointers pointing, eight beagles hunting,
seven German shepherds, six spaniels swimming,
five poodles, four collie dogs, three ridgebacks,
two Afghan hounds and a Dachshund in a basket.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
ten greyhounds racing, nine pointers pointing,
eight beagles hunting, seven German shepherds,
six spaniels swimming, five poodles, four collie dogs,
three ridgebacks, two Afghan hounds
and a Dachshund in a basket.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
eleven foxhounds barking, ten greyhounds racing,
nine pointers pointing, eight beagles hunting,
seven German shepherds, six spaniels swimming,
five poodles, four collie dogs, three ridgebacks,
two Afghan hounds and a Dachshund in a basket.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
twelve terriers digging, eleven foxhounds barking,
ten greyhounds racing, nine pointers pointing,
eight beagles hunting, seven German shepherds,
six spaniels swimming, five poodles, four collie dogs,
three ridgebacks, two Afghan hounds
and a Dachshund in a basket.

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