Frosty’s My Name, Playing Santa’s My Game

Dec 13, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Lee Juslin, Pets

by Lee Juslin

Frosty’s My Name, Playing Santa’s My Game was first published on examiner.com 12/2010.

As a certified therapy dog, I visit Sterling House of New Bern every Tuesday morning throughout the year, and every December I host my annual holiday party. This year will be my eighth party. Now, it’s not polite to ask a lady her age, but let’s just say I’m a mature girl and you do the math.

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Santa Frosty

Each year the holiday party has gotten bigger and better until my party has become the event of the holiday season. The day before, mom takes all the gift baskets I’ll be handing out up to the home while I spend the morning at the spa. Then, it’s party day. I put on my custom made Santa suit instead of my regular therapy vest, and we head out.

Though we have no snow on the ground–this is the south after all–the air is cool and crisp and filled with a sense of anticipation. PARTEE!!!!

The front door of the home opens wide and there are all the residents, my good friends, waiting for me. I sashay into the middle of the group so everyone can admire my Santa outfit. In case you’re wondering, I do wear the dratted Santa hat. Oh, the sacrifices I make for my career.frosty

With everyone assembled around the Christmas tree, we begin. Mom reads some Christmas stories and poems. She has a few new ones this year, but my favorite is still Ogden Nash’s The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus.

Then, I sit in laps for individual pictures. Now you might call this a kind of reverse Santa visit. You might, but I wouldn’t. You see with my luxurious beard, even though it isn’t Santa white, and even though I don’t have the Ho Ho Ho part down, I actually make a pretty good Santa. I mean this Santa guy is supposed to be an elf after all, and I am a bit height challenged. Besides, when I cuddle in laps and receive the pats and hugs from the residents, I just know we all feel the true Christmas spirit right there in the living room of the home and it’s spelled: L O V E. Frosty

Next we hand out the gift bags I have for all the residents. I need help with this part since I don’t have thumbs. Hello, I’m a Scottish Terrier. Then, Miss Diane, the enrichment coordinator, leads us in a holiday trivia quiz. We added that part this year. Remember I told you my party is bigger and better each year. And, although no one knows it, I CAN name all eight reindeer! Last, we have hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. I skip the cocoa but Mom has a stash of my own cookies so we can all munch happily together. We’re probably ruining our appetites for lunch but who cares? It’s Christmas.Frosty

As we leave Sterling House, my party host duties are not quite over because we take the pictures mom took and input them into her computer at home. She prints up individual cards using the pictures of me sitting in laps so I can deliver them next week during my pre-New Year’s visit. And, no, I don’t dress in a diaper for that one. Let’s not overdo it.

Parties are fun but they can be exhausting, especially if you’re the host. I don’t know what Mom has planned for the afternoon, but there’s a lounge chair at home with my name on it.

Respectfully submitted,
Frosty Meadow aka Santa Girl (RB 3/8/12)

Read more about Frosty: Hampshire Hooligans.

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Lee Juslin is a free lance copywriter living in North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and her band of misfits: Tarquin, a Wheaten Scottish Terrier, and three handicapped cats. They can be seen on their website: Hampshire Hooligans. She owns I B Dog Gone, a small embroidery business and is the author of the Nurse Frosty books for children and Frosty’s Story: Tales of a Therapy Dog. She supports a number of national and regional terrier rescue organizations.

5 Comments

  1. Even better the 2nd time.

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  2. So spot on about Frosty. She was a little 4 legged Santa who brought so such joy to so many people. Now she`s an angel.

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  3. I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Ms Frosty personally – she was an exemplary Therapy Dog and is sorely missed.
    These are truly bitter sweet memories of the joy she brought to so many – even those not in need of her true calling as a Therapy Dog.

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  4. I’m so glad you reprinted Frosty’s story about her Christmas Party. Frosty’s grandfather is now in a Nursing Home in New Hampshire. Although grampa is nonverbal (he’s 92) he really does light up when all the different therapy dogs come in. He sits in his chair and will pat and whisper to the dogs and they respond with a nuzzle or a kiss. Thank you Lee for letting people know how special therapy animals are.

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  5. Frosty brought a lot of happy hours to many…she is a beautiful memory.

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