Santa Photos with pets are now more common place than ever. More and more malls and other establishments are opening up their doors to allow pets to come on in, tell Santa what they want for Christmas and pose for a cute keepsake photo. With so many locations to choose from, your pet won’t feel left out this year.
7804 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31406
Santa Photos with Pets are scheduled for various nights throughout December. December 3rd, 10th, and `17th are Pet Night at the Oglethorpe Mall. Bring your “paws to see the Claus” on these three nights from 5pm – 8pm. The mall requests that all pets be secured in some way and they require that you take responsibility and clean up after your pets and keep the safety of others in mind as you venture in.
1821 E. Victory Drive Building B
Savannah, GA 31404
You can also bring your pets to their favorite place, besides home that is, to get photos with Santa. PetSmart always welcomes pets and their parents and well, the holiday season is no exception. Santa will be available for photos with your pets on two weekends in December from 12pm – 4pm. Come on down December 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th for a FREE, festive photo with Santa. How great is that? Buy some presents while you’re there. Just don’t let your pet take a peek.
3rd Annual Jingle Bark Stroll
Presented by Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming Savannah
606 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31401
The 3rd Annual Jingle Bark Stroll is held at Cuocco Pazzo Cucina Italiana in Savannah, GA. December 8, 2018 from 12pm-4pm. $5 to participate and receive a wristband and a map of businesses participating along with a goody bag and coupons and items from local businesses for the first 150 customers. Raffle prizes, pet photos, games, and a Good Canine Citizen Test.
3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party
Coastal Empire Beer
79 Ross Road
Join Coastal Empire Beer and Co for their sweater bash and help raise money for One Love Animal Rescue. The event is for both 2 and 4 legged guests. December 15th, 2018 from 5pm-8pm.
How to Prepare Your Pet for Santa Photos
Running right out to see Santa with your pet without preparing ahead of time is just begging for trouble. You want the experience to be as easy as possible for everyone involved. Santa will appreciate the preparation and so will your pet. Follow these tips to help make the most of out your pet’s Photo experience with Santa.
- Safety- Be sure to secure your pet before you ever even leave home. A leash, collar and harness should be used so you can restrain your pet at all times. This is also advisable even if your pet is in a crate because he will need to get out at one point or another.
- Commands- Does your pet follow commands? Brush up on his basic obedience skills before you decide to head out. This should happen weeks or even months in advance if you have the time. Your dog should “sit”, “stay” always on command if you intend on bringing him out into the public.
- Attire and good looks – Do you want your pet to look festive in the photos? Shop ahead for cute cozy sweaters, holiday collars or even Santa hats and reindeer ears. Just be sure your pet is comfortable wearing any attire you decide to dress him up in. Groom your pet ahead of time so he looks and smells his best and doesn’t end up shedding all over Santa or your kids.
- Anxiety – Does your pet have anxiety issues? A long walk before heading into the mall goes a long way towards reducing anxiety or extra energy. Also think about the measures you take during any other possible stressful experience. Calming sprays like sentry calming spray go a long way towards calming your pet down if he’s not used to public experiences.
- When in doubt, stay home. If you have any doubt that your pet won’t be able to handle the photo with Santa, it’s best to stay home. The last thing you want to do is put him in a position where he may act out of fear and try to flee, or even worse – bite someone. An at home photo shoot can be just as cute. You can have someone in the family dress up as Santa or just gather around the Christmas tree. Heck, everyone can be in the picture now that most cell phones have cameras on automatic timers these days.
Now more than ever, malls and other retail stores are opening up photos with Santa to family pets. It can be a great experience if you do your work to prepare your pet and if you make good decisions in the process. We want to continue to encourage businesses to become or remain pet friendly establishments. You have a part in that. Have fun and happy holidays!
Where’s your favorite place to take your pet to get his photo taken with Santa? We’d love to hear about it!