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.

dogs in holiday dress ups

Source: Sherry Rosen Photography

dogs in dress-ups

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.