Our Happy Holiday


We hope everyone celebrating today had a joyous holiday with their two- and four-legged family members! We have taken off the day to enjoy time at home including an extra-long hike with the dogs and lots of fun photo taking around the tree. Irie and Tiki received bully sticks in their stockings this morning (and keep returning to the stockings to see if more bully sticks magically appear!)

While we were taking photos, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite ornaments. As our regular readers know, for two decades, John and I were travel writers before switching to the pet writing field. On our travels, which were either for guidebook or magazine assignments, I often purchased Christmas ornaments and many of our favorites still adorn our tree. I still love the dough decorations from Ecuador (which we have to hang up high, out of the dogs’ reach):


…and this frog from Panama…ornaments-panama

…quite a few ornaments from the UK…


I still remember purchasing this gourd in Cancun…


…and this doll in St. Martin…


Our tree is loaded with many other Caribbean ornaments since the region was our geographic specialty. We have numerous Jamaican Santa Claus dolls:


…and this special moko jumbie, a stilt walker, from St. Thomas…


This year we added a couple of new ornaments to our collection when we went to see the Rachael Ray Show in New York City with the rest of the Nutrish group. John and I went to Macy’s for a few minutes and I bought some dog ornaments including this super cute poodle (since, after all, Tiki’s part poodle!)


Our fancy poodle joins several other dog ornaments on our tree, none more precious than those of our dogs past and present. This is our sweet Yoda; we said goodbye to him just over five years ago:


We treasure these handmade ornaments of Irie and Tiki that we received as Christmas presents last year:


We hope you’ve enjoyed your little tour of our Christmas tree! We wish all of you a very happy holiday!


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Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the award-winning authors of over 30 pet and travel books as well as the founders and publishers of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • EmmaK

    I love that poodle ornament. So glad that Irie and Tiki enjoyed their bully sticks!! Have a wonderful New Year and stay warm. Love the photos on your blog.

    • Thank you so much!! I just love that new little poodle, too. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!! Paris

  • Love seeing some of your favorite ornaments! Merry Christmas from Daisy & me!

    • Thank you; it was fun to photograph them! Merry Christmas to you and Daisy!! Paris

  • Each ornament holds a special significance and meaning on the tree. We still have lots of ones from our parents and can’t wait to begin collecting our own 🙂 Merry Christmas to you from all of us 🙂

    • It’s so fun to get the ornaments out every year. Merry Christmas to you all!! Paris

  • Fisher and Jobi

    The ornaments are all so unique and beautiful!