I do wonder one thing about Christmas. How many families give their dogs presents? Our golden retriever got really excited when he saw people wrapping presents. He reacted with joy when the Christmas tree went up. Of course he had a present under the tree. And he always knew which package was his. He wouldn't mess with it, but he'd go by every now and then and check on it, taking a sniff--probably already knowing what it was. In his case it was a dog toy of some sort. There was a soccer ball he was particularly fond off. One year he got a plastic pork chop that made a squeaking sound. And you had to do on Christmas was hand him his present. He was quite able to tear it open on his own. Then he would run around and show everyone his new toy.