Mark Your Calendars: Santa Paws!

Believe it or not, but I have never gotten Hunter’s picture taken with Santa. I think this is the year that is finally going to change! I’m still not convinced he’s going to sit calmly and take a good photo, but I want to give it a try. Plus, when you consider that most Santa Paws events benefit local rescue groups (and that there’s an event pretty much every weekend from now til Christmas) there really is no excuse to not get a photo taken.

Here is a roundup, by date, of upcoming Santa Paws events. Mr. Paws is going to be very busy guy over the next month!

First up – visit Beachwood Mall on Mondays from now through Dec. 15 to take your pet to see Santa starting at 6 p.m.

Dec. 6
Santa Paws will be at The Barkley from 9 am until 5 pm. Barkley stylists will also be on hand to give Pawdicures and mini “fluff-ups” prior to the snap of the lens. A $10 donation per pet will be collected to help W.A.G.S. 4 Kids. ttps://!/events/1507438852853698

The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter will be hosting Santa Paws on various dates from Dec. 6- 21. Photos will be taken at the Shelter. For more information, visit:

Santa Paws will be at Camp Bow Wow Strongsville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 14. Proceeds from the pictures benefit Berea Animal Rescue Fund.

Photo courtesy of the Berea Animal Rescue Fund


Pet photos with Santa will benefit the Lake Humane Society on Dec. 6 and 7th from 12-4:30 p.m. (photos will be taken at the LHS)

PetPeople in Rocky River will be hosting Paws with Claus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit a local rescue. See other dates and locations here:

Dec. 7
StyleMutt will host Santa on various dates, each one benefitting a different local animal group:

December 7th from 11:00-3:00 Proceeds benefit The Rescue Inn
December 13th from 1:00-4:00 Proceeds benefit Secondhand Mutts
December 14th from 12:00-3:00 Proceeds benefit Live Love Rescue

Stop by Pet-tique to have your dog’s photo taken with Santa from 12-5 p.m. Holiday refreshments for humans and pets will be served.

Bring your pets to Grateful Dog Bakery Dec. 7 and 14th for photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Proceeds from the photos will benefit Pet ResQ of Lorain County.                 

Santa will be at Paws by the Lake from 12-4 for pet photos to benefit Love-a-Stray Animal Rescue.                                 

Dec. 14
Mr. Paws will at Pet’s General Store in Lakewood from 1-4 p.m. A portion of the sales will go the Lakewood Dog Park.

Hit up Crocker Park from 6-8 p.m. to see Santa with your dog.

Dec. 17
Legacy Village will host pet photos with Santa December 17 and 20.






Favorite Dogs on Instagram

I have a problem. I love to take pictures of my dog. I mean I really love it. I just think he is the cutest thing in the world and I want to capture his every face, pose and moment with my camera. Thank goodness for Instagram. It’s exposed me to a whole world of people like me who love taking photos of their dog. No where else can see you see as many cute dogs from all over the world all in one place.

From dogs dressed up to dogs playing hide and seek, Instagram has it all.  If you’re new to Instagram or looking for some new dogs to follow, here are some of my favorites.

Most Creative:

Andrew Knapp

Andrew takes photos of his border collie, Momo, hidden in different scenes, mainly around his native home of Sudbury, Ontario. Not only is Momo a beautiful dog, Andrew’s photos are beautifully shot. You don’t have to love dogs to appreciate his photos.


Best Local


The photos are as good as the captions. I love the distinctive voice Maybel has. I can just hear her funny little voice saying every caption.  Even better, she’s one of Cleveland’s own!


Best breed-specific

r_ose (Pomeranian) 

If you’re a pom lover like me, you have to follow r_ose. She takes photos of her 19 dogs – mainly Pomeranians, but a few Chihuahuas and a husky are thrown in there as well.


Corgnelius (Corgi)

Corgis are my second favorite breed of dogs after poms, so I follow quite a few corgi accounts. Corgnelius is one of my favorites. I love seeing photos of Corgnelius and his brother, Stumphery, two of the silliest dogs around.


Best Cause-Related

Blind Dog Jack

Also one of my other favorite pom Instagram accounts, Blind Dog Jack is a former puppy mill dog who is blind and a cancer survivor.  In between photos of him being cute, he advocates for an end to puppy mills. A dog with a cause – I love it!



What are some of your favorite dogs? Who else should I be following?

And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at dogsinthecle!

Awkward Family Pet Photos

Sometimes when you’re a crazy dog lady like myself, you have to check in with friends and family to make sure you’re not crossing over into new levels of crazy. This past weekend I teetered on (went over?) the edge of full blown crazy as I had a friend take photos of Hunter and me for the site. Although I am comfortable being a crazy dog lady, I sometimes feel weird publicizing it. It’s one thing to take a lot of pictures of your dog, but it’s a different kind of dog crazy to take posed photos of yourself with your dog. No judgment from me if this is your thing, I mean I have a whole web site about things to do with your dog, so ….

I was talking to my sister about it and she said as long as we didn’t cross over into the “Awkward Family Pet Photos” ( territory, I was probably ok. Have you seen these photos? They are pretty great.

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What do you think – do you have any awkward family pet photos of you and your dog? I want to see! And if you want to see my photo with Hunter, check out the About page!