Dear Santa Claus,

My name is Sullivan.  I am an old, old dog. I have been a very good dog all year. I am a very nice dog and sweet to everyone.  I’m just glad to be here, glad to be alive, glad that my old bones are warm and that I have good, fresh food to eat.  I am glad for so many things, Santa, that I don’t even think I should ask you for anything, but the other dogs pushed me forward and encouraged me to write you this letter.  So I am writing you this letter.

Dearest Santa, there are, in fact, a few little things that would make my life nicer.  As you might know yourself, since you’re no spring chicken, our teeth get old and it’s harder to chew.  And our digestions get old and we can’t eat all that stuff we used to when we were younger.  My mom knows this and so she cooks for me every day, but her freezer space is extremely small and so she has no room to store my food for me and she is forever running out to the store, “Oh no, Sully, I have to go to the store again today!”  I want her to stay  home with me instead of going to the store, and so I would like you to get her a small chest freezer like this one.  This would make our lives so much easier and then she can stay home and tend the fire and talk to me instead of going out all the time.

Next, well Santa this is a bit embarrassing but you might have this problem too, sometimes.  You know, when you get older sometimes you don’t get a lot of notice when you have to go to the bathroom.  Well …. see…. sometimes I poop in my sleep.  My mom does laundry all the time, but she said that even so, the foam underneath my bed has gotten stinky.  So I’d really like a new bed.  She said she’ll line the inside of the new bed with puppy pads so it stays clean.  I like to be clean.  I’m sorry I sometimes pee and poop in the house.  I’m really really sorry, Santa.  I just can’t help it.

I also am available for sponsorship by that special person who really loves senior dogs.  I have the softest ears, and I will let you kiss my head and snuggle and I will just keep you company.  I love to be sponsored and I love to have visits.

I love you Santa.  Will you come and visit me, too?

Sully

Star Gazing Farm
16760 Whites Store Road
Boyds, MD 20841