Ani’s Advent 2019! Fish, bullies and a letter from Darlene Foster’s Dot…

Dear Santa,

I’ve been wondering what my two-legs would like for Christmas. I mean, there are loads of things that would be nice for her, but she says there’s not much she needs.

But, today I heard her muttering. And I’ve found something!

She needs fish.

Not just any fish, mind… special ones.

And not to eat (though I am partial to a bit of salmon or tuna…)

You see, we’ve got this fish tank and she looks after it all the time, but one of the fish is a bully. Well, two of them really, but one of them just dashes at everyone when it is feeding time. This one bullies its mate…and she is really not happy about that! I mean the two-legs, but I don’t think the mate is either.

The poor little female fishy is getting battered. And that’s no joke. So, she’s done her research and it seems the best way to stop him is put a few more females in there to keep him occupied.

So, I know you shouldn’t give pets for presents at Christmas, but if you could manage a couple of sisters for the little fish, it would make both the two-legs and the no-legs happy!

I promise they would always be well looked after… and I won’t pinch as many of the fish-treats if there are more mouths to feed. ( You know they make them from shrimp and salmon, yeah? Well… I like those…)

And if they are delivered by reindeer, I guess they’ll be flying fish!

So, do your best Santa, please!

And while you’re at it, you’d best read Dot’s letter too…

Much love, Ani xxx


Dear Santa

I have been a very good dog this year. Well, except for the time I chased a cat and lost Mom. My friend Patch’s dad found me and had to bring me home. Mom and dad were angry with me. I think I was clever to wait at his gate and then show him where I lived as he had never been to my house before. However, I was grounded for a while.

But other than that I’ve been really good. I know I sometimes eat garbage when we go for a walk and I get scolded for that. They say things like, “You know we feed you well and you have good food in your bowl.” But I had to eat garbage before I was rescued so it just comes naturally to me. I promise I’ll try to be better in the New Year.

I wasn´t going to mention this but mom says you know when we are naughty, so I better fess up. I rolled in some very smelly doggy poop one day. Boy was I in trouble. I had to have a bath outside first and then another one inside. Nobody wanted to be around me. I thought I smelled just fine.

Then there was the time I was sniffing around and my nose touched a poisonous caterpillar. I got very sick and Dad had to rush me to the veterinarian. They gave me not one, but four shots with a big needle. I hate shots. But I felt better after a day of sleeping. No one got mad at me and Mom was crying. I better not do that again.

I was going to ask for a snuggly blanket for Christmas but Mom bought me one already and I just love it. I can’t wait to go to bed every night and snuggle into it. It’s so warm and cosy. My toy box is overflowing so I don’t need any new toys. Last year I got socks for Christmas and although they were cute and supposed to keep my feet warm, I didn’t much like wearing them.

I would like a bone to chew on and treats are always welcome. Maybe then I won’t search out the garbage or sniff a bad caterpillar. I can’t promise I won’t chase cats anymore.

Santa, could you please make sure Ani and all my doggy friends get nice treats for Christmas. And could you please make sure all the doggies without homes find nice warm forever homes to live in like I did.

I really hope Ani doesn’t have to wear those silly antlers.

Merry Christmas!

Love from Dot the Dog

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64 Responses to Ani’s Advent 2019! Fish, bullies and a letter from Darlene Foster’s Dot…

  1. Ritu says:

    Aw Dot! What a thoughtful wish! I hope you’ll extend it to us cats too… We’re not that bad, you know 😝😽

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  2. This is such a cute story, Ani. I am sorry Dot became ill after sniffing a caterpillar. I have never heard of that before.

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  3. Darlene says:

    Thanks, Ani for featuring my letter to Santa. Even though I was sometimes naughty, I am usually very good, so I hope Santa visits and you don´t have to wear the antlers. Your doggie friend, Dot.


  4. Darlene says:

    Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:
    Dot´s letter to Santa Claus in featured on Sue Vincent´s blog today where she admits she hasn´t always been good. Dot and her dog Ani have become blogging friends and Dot is helping Ani out so she doesn´t have to wear the awful reindeer antlers this year. Check it out. Merry Christmas from Dot and everyone at her house. Woof woof!

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  5. I’ve always known that dogs are compassionate and thought-full beings, but these two letters will convince others of that trait. Ani – how sweet of you to ask Santa for some female fish to help defer the bullying. I hope it helps! And Dot, thank you for being so honest in your confession. Most of your shortcomings are similar to my sweet dog Henry’s (no longer with us but still with us, if you know what I mean). He never got stung by a caterpillar (my, that is quite a unique feat!) but he did catch a bee in his mouth and was stung before he released it. The look on Henry’s face was priceless, and fortunately he recovered quickly from the bee sting.
    I wish you both a wonderful holiday, and give your people a pet and a hug from me.

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  6. marianbeaman says:

    Ani and Dot act just like humans – naughty and sweet. Sue and Darlene: Have a wonderful Advent season and a great 2020!

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  7. Lovely letter from Dot to Santa. Hope she gets the treats and her wishes.

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  8. That is a lovely Santa’s letter from both Ani and Dot and both are very lucky to have two-legged slaves to make sure their every wish is fulfilled.. Merry Christmas..hugsxx

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  9. Ani, I hope she gets her fish. My Nana has fish that do that too, and it always helps when there’s more girl fish than boy fish. I don’t know why, but I bet it would make the girl fish very happy to get a bit of peace from time to time, and make your human happy that the fish is happy.

    Dot, that’s a great letter. I hope Santa Paws brings you lots of treats, even though you did some bad things. Mummy says Santa’s pretty good about being understanding if you tried hard to be good. At least, that’s what she keeps telling my little brother, and what she told me when I was a puppy and not very good at knowing what was and wasn’t bad yet. I know he was understanding when I was a puppy and ate lots of things I wasn’t meant to, so I hope he will be for you too.

    Lots of licks,

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    Well that Dot sounds like fun doesn’t she Ani
    And it was lovely to meet Darlene too. Oh! Ani let’s hope Santa brings your lovely two legs some female fish 💜💜💜

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  12. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m already a dog lover, but who could resist these two? Dot sounds a lot like my two yellow labs, Jake and Lulu. They also are professional poop rollers and have an affinity for garbage. I don’t think either has had problems with a poisonous caterpillar. We do make plenty of appearances at the vet’s office, though. Have you ever tried to weigh a one-hundred-pound dog who has no interest in standing on the vet’s scale? Pretty hilarious stuff.

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Omg these furry friends are just too cute! Any you have a big heart wanting the fish to have more playmates and Dot is hilarious! Hugs to all! ❤

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  14. Gilda Baxter says:

    Dot, do stay clear of poisoning caterpillars in 2020. Merry Christmas and keep being a good dog😄

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  15. Gilda Baxter says:

    Ani, I hope all your wishes will come true. Merry Christmas 😄


  16. My dog Honey wants to meet Dot. Honey likes Eau de Poop too and also gets in trouble for indulging in the irresistible scent. 😀 I hope Dot has a wonderful Christmas and gets some nice treats. Merry Christmas to Dot and Darlene, and to you, Ani, and your two-legs. 🙂

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  17. Oh, Dot, you are a good doggy. My pup is about as gourmet as they come, and he still eats all the garbage he can find on walks. So you’re doing well. 🙂

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