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Yes, Champ, there is a Santa Claus!

As a really smart human ( yes there are a few) named Francis&bsp; Pharcellus Church once wrote, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa&bsp; Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its&bsp; highest beauty and joy. (Had he known me, he would have used MY name instead!)

Santa Claus is coming to town this week and I am worse than any child! I know I am not supposed to pout (at least this week anyway) and I also know there are many animals less fortunate than I. But I really hope he comes down the chimney to see me and even as big a food monger as I am, I would still give him something to eat for his trouble. Although, maybe not cookies and milk…I love cookies and milk.

I am pretty sure I wont get everything I have asked for this year, as the list is long (you knew it would be, right?). Not only is my list long, but it is probably more than even Santa can pull&bsp; together. And I am not sure his eight reindeer could carry it either, but I bet they would try! (After all, reindeer who fly have&bsp; got to have Attitude with a capital A! Like me!)

Here is my Christmas List:

~ I want a loving home for every homeless animal in our community (heck, in our whole country…wait, make that the entire planet, and I want it for the humans too)

~ I want food for every animal, child, and older person — OK, for everybody — good, nourishing food (pizza is good; actually, pizza is better than good when I can manage to nab it, and lets not&bsp; forget the Christmas cookies)

~ I want safe, potable water for everyone (see above, I guess were talking about the whole world now, humans included)

OK, Santa, lets keep the flow going here…even though certain&bsp; vets are among my favorite humans, and even though certain vet techs have become my personal servants (how sweet it is!), and even though I am forced to admit that going to the vet is a dreaded experience for me, I want all animals –&bsp; and humans — to be able to see a vet (um, or a doctor) and to be cared for properly.

~ I want all dogs (and other beings) who are chained down to be set free

~ I want all cats (and other beings) who have no home to have food, water, and shelter

~ I want all animals and humans to be free from fear, from violence, and from needless&bsp; suffering

~ I want…well, Santa, I could really make this list a long one if I keep going on in this vein! Fortunately, we have many Santas, large and small, in our community and in our world, who are working to make this a better place for all — animals AND humans! We all need to remember that and to be grateful for the Santas in our lives…I have quite a long list of Santas I know.&bsp; If every one of us were to be a Santa for another being, what a wonderful world it would be!

Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. &bsp;

It would be as dreary as if there were no CHAMPS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. &bsp;

The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished (Again, with thanks to Mr. Church).

With a nod to each of you Santas, from the bottom of my infinitely grateful Great Pyrenees heart, I wish you all the joys of the season, and most of all, I wish you Peace.

WOOF!

CHAMP