This rascally ball of fur brought home a prize from our walk yesterday. He often brings home branches and nuts that he finds along the way, so I didn't think anything of it when he was throwing something around to himself in the living room.
But. What I thought was a twig turned out to be a rat leg.
They way I know this?
Once he was done playing with it, I went to pick it up off the hearth to throw it away and realized that it had a paw and claws. Shiver. It was one of the more disgusting dog-owner bits of business I've ever come across (and that's saying something seeing as I have to pick up his poop every day). There is not enough anti-bacterial hand soap in all the world to make me feel clean after holding a dismembered rat claw in my hand.
Other than that, though, Bear is a delight. He followed us around all day on Saturday while we were preparing for our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party and cried and moaned when he wasn't allowed to taste all of the treats. I think he's finally figured out how much better human food is than dog food.
But enough about the dog.
The party was great - tons of food, tons of people, tons of funny white elephant gifts. It's one of our favorite traditions every year and it really helps it feel like Christmas. Plus, it's a good excuse to get the house all decorated for the holiday.
My mom sent me a new ugly sweater for the occasion. I'm wearing it below. I got a lot of comments saying it wasn't nearly ugly enough...and that's true. I think I'd actually wear it on a normal day. It's more kitschy than ugly, so it's a winner in my book.
Now that it officially feels like Christmas, I can hardly believe it's only a little over a week away! Where is the time going? December, how come you move so fast?!