Posing for holiday cards always requires some patience.

But if you’re a dog, you have to be a really good sport to tolerate the dress-ups, the props, the snow… and the embarrassment.

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Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

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Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

Luckily, there are some extra-special dogs that are willing to tolerate this kind of silliness year after year — as long as they get lots of treats and love in return.

This pack has grown and changed over the years, but the routine remains the same: wear ridiculous costumes, sit very still, get treats, and share the finished product with hundreds of adoring humans. Trish McMillan Loehr fondly refers to her family’s tradition as the “annual embarrassed dogs Christmas photo.”

One of the dogs in this special family is Theodore, a fighting ring survivor with a big personality.

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Lili, Kenya, Theodore, and Duncan. Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

Part of the fun of this annual event is that it doesn’t always go as planned — ornaments look like treats, for example, and so those have to be chewed on and tested during the photo shoot.

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After all, it’s hard work posing like a model, so a little chewing can be expected. (We understand, Theodore.)

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Duncan, Theodore (busy chewing), and Lili. Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

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Theodore and Lili. Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

Another special talent these pups have is holding props in their mouths for the yearly holiday photos. Lili, the pup above, holds a stocking in honor of her pup sibling Kenya, who passed away in 2015.

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The stocking-holding tradition started early, with Cosmo (below) taking the title for All-Time Best Stocking Holder.

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Lili, Kenya, Cosmo, and Duncan. Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

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Theodore and Lili. Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

For our sake, we hope this dog holiday photo tradition continues for many years to come.

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Theodore the good sport. Source: Trish McMillan Loehr

Merry Christmas to all the pups celebrating with their families. We hope you get lots of treats in return for tolerating dress-ups and other embarrassments!


Header images via Trish McMillan Loehr

 

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