Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Last night we were at Dogs Trust Carol Service – our second year.

The gang was all there.

Lisa with Mac and Maisie

Tammy and Bruno

Yuuna with Bruno and Julie with Barnaby

Our friends Daisy and Dolly from Monaco came too.

Josh with Dolly

And Mum with George

Mum and George

While I was checking out all the bags on the floor – looking for treats and found myself on Lisa’s lap.

And then the lights dimmed and the singing began …

The singing and music seemed to calmed the doggies and put them at ease.

Dolly
Bruno listening
Maisie on the pew
George falling asleep on the arms of Mum

But he woke up to 12 Days of Christmas. LOL!

Freddie falling asleep on Belinda’s lap

Well, that was until Kingston started singing!

All this was happening while I had a mission. I crawled under the pews and went from handbag to handbag checking out the treats because I knew there were so many dogs in the congregation, there would be treats. I was scavenging while the hoomans and Kingston sang. I searched until there were no more handbags to put my nose into. And then I made myself comfortable on the pew – exhausted.

And with this the Christmas season has officially begun. After all today is St. Nicholas Day – the original giver of gifts.

May’s comment: St. Nicholas of Myra is a popular Christian Saint among children across Europe because of his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Both the North American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas are legendary figures whose attributes derive from the myths surrounding St. Nicholas. (Saint Nicholas Day)

The annual Dogs Trust Christmas Carol Service is something I look forward to every year. It makes it a meaningful way to start the season – remembering the reason for the festivities. Made it all more special to share it with friends.

1st row: Belinda and Fred, Tammy and Bruno, Mum with George, Juli with Daisy
2nd row: Rosaline with Yuuna, Julie with Barnaby, me sitting on Lisa with Mac and Maisie
3rd row: Coralie with Kingston

Trying to leave the commercial aspect of this behind and thinking about giving back to those in need.

And at the Dogs Trust Carol Service we are reminded of the homeless and their dogs. The bond between any dog and owner is a strong one, but for homeless people their dog is often their best friend. The Hope Project is the only scheme of its kind offering free vet care for dogs belonging to people who are homeless or in housing crisis.

3 Comments

  1. Cheryl

    What a special evening! The Hope Project is such a wonderful charity, and a God send to the pets of the homeless. They deserve the same love and care we all give our pets!

  2. Dyan

    What an amazing charity and a fun way to raise money. Wish I’d been there

  3. HILARY P. WELLS

    Hi Miss Darcy, George and May and all your friends, such wonderful photos at the Carol Service. Brings tears of Joy, and warms the Cockles of my Heart. Everyone looks so happy, and I love the outfits of the doggies. I love your outfit Miss Darcy, I noticed that you have pockets for any treats you may have found. George looks so sweet having forty winks, and joining in with the singing of 12 days of Christmas. Lots of love to you all. xxx

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