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The Christmas Story As Read to Bru and Captain Jack

>> Sunday, December 13, 2009

I couldn't believe my luck last night. I was at a camera store (buying a Christmas present) and right in front of me in line was the lady you see in the photo. Her name is Wendy. I came to find out that she was picking up photos taken the day she read...or tried to read...The Christmas Story to her dog, Bru and her Shetland pony, Captain Jack. One thing led to another and of course, we started talking about our dogs and horses. Wendy pulled out her package of photos and began to share.

I asked the obvious question: "Could I scan these and put them on my blog for my friends to see?" I asked.

Wendy hesitated for a minute...but just a minute...and answered, "Of course! I was just having a little fun...Captain Jack isn't always in the house, but I brought him to get pictures to show my friends!"
I understood completely! Like most of the rest of us, Captain Jack and Bru aren't just animals, they are Wendy's heart.

It took awhile for Wendy to get things started what with Bru and Captain Jack being the curious fellows that they are. Clearly Wendy has the patience of Job and her animals are beyond adorable.
I noticed the foot...err I mean hoof...prints on the carpet and asked what they were. "Oh Captain Jack just tracked in a little water," she answered.

Good enough for me!

In the end, Wendy read the special story to her wonderful little (big) guys. And the beauty of Wendy reading The Christmas Story to Bru and Captain Jack is that I got lucky enough to share these special Christmas photos with you!


Parsley December 13, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

I'm smiling ear to ear. That's my kind of lady!

Two French Bulldogs December 13, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

We want a big shetland doggy for our house. Momma said no
Benny & Lily

Oklahoma Granny December 13, 2009 at 6:45 PM  

That story just totally brightened my day! I can only imagine what it must be like trying to get pictures with a dog and a horse listening to the Christmas Story. It made me laugh because the sun peeked out for just a few minutes this afternoon. I called my daughter and asked if she could run over for just a couple of minutes to do a photo shoot of her dad, me and her 4-legged brothers and sister. It was pretty comical trying to get all 4 of them to cooperate. You see, the girly one thinks she's not only the queen, but the boss and the boys don't agree.

Honeygo Beasley December 13, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

Love that last photo and what a neat story! I always wanted a Shetland pony. There are two that we see a lot when we go to Florida. One I always called Shetty until I found out his real name is Rusty.

: )))

Unknown December 13, 2009 at 6:59 PM  

What a very special woman, Wendy is! Thank you so much for sharing that with all us animal lovers!

Gail Wilson December 13, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

What a wonderful posts with great photo's. How fortunate to meet up with this lady with the pics. Thanks for warming our hearts today..Mistaya and her M.O.M.

2cats December 13, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

That was great fun. I wonder what my cats would think of a pony in the house? Who would be boss? It might be fun to find out (or maybe not).
Thanks for thinking of us.

Tweedles -- that's me December 13, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

That was the most wonderful Christmas story- and for you to meet Wendy- it was ment to be!
The story needs to be shared with the whole world. I know Wendy has a HUGE heart- and she totally "gets the picture of that special bond"- where love keeps us warm- no matter how big or small we are - or what out genes are made of.
Thank you for sharing the beauty

Lillian Robinson December 13, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

Hubby would have a cow!

Susan B December 13, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

The pictures are too cute! Thank you for sharing. :o)

CATachresis December 14, 2009 at 4:16 AM  

Special photos indeed! Great post. Looks like the Christmas story has them enraptured!

Anonymous December 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

What a great story Jan. It made my day.

Sandy December 14, 2009 at 9:04 PM  

Wow, where to begin. I've seen some pretty incredible things done with photoshop. A horse in the house...Oh Pippi, put on your scrub brushes and start singing.

Did you scan them at the photoshop? Did she let you take pictures home with you? Do tell.


Melinda December 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM  

What is not to LOVE about a lady who allows a horse in the house???? Wonderful..

Maxmom December 15, 2009 at 11:32 PM  

Hey there, Maddie, Annabelle & Jan
It's been a while since we have commented - our apologies. We are sorry to hear that you haven't been well and we do hope that your medication is now doing the trick. Somehow we only really realise the importance of health when it turns around and bites us. We wish you a speedy recovery.
This story is really beautiful and the photo of Wendy and her animals, in the house, is truly wonderful! Sometimes photos tell all and it certainly oozes the love she has for her creatures. Please tell her (if you see her again) that she is a really special lady!
Thank you too for the coyote story - the resilience and fighting spirit of animals is quite incredible.
If we don't speak before Christmas - we wish you a warm, wonderful, happy and painfree time. Thanks for your friendship.
Lots of love and licks to you all.

SANDY December 19, 2009 at 1:33 PM  

Hope you girls have written your letter to Santa, be sure you tell him how good you've been. After all, you didn't leave messes on the rug like the horse Santa should remember you well.


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