One of the groups I volunteer with was helping at a pet-photos-with-Santa event at a local pet store yesterday, so I loaded up on my allergy meds and headed out.
We were plopped right smack-dab in the middle of the store:
But the backdrop was amazing, and Santa was the BEST. Here he is, skillfully handling a guinea pig wearing a teeny-tiny holiday hat:
When we took a break, Santa showed me his driver's license. Santa Claus, One Arctic Circle, North Pole, The World. Yep, he's legit! Here's a blurry photo of some ferrets (those little buggers are FAST! Santa says it's like trying to hold on to wriggly noodles):
These photos were taken by me, on the sidelines. The actual photographer was really interesting to watch, as she juggled dogs and cats and kids and you-name-it. Here she is trying to get a perfect shot:
Look at this cat!:
And here the cat is with his little girl:
At one point, the inevitable happened:
This family had four dogs and a cat, all of whom wanted their photo with Santa, so there was a considerable amount of wrangling involved:
They were coming in by the shopping-cart-load:
And my favorite family of the day: Three cats, two humans, one elf hat, holiday sweaters on everyone, and Santa!:
I have to admit, I've never volunteered at an event quite like this one before. It was an experience, that's for sure!