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30 Adorable Pets Filled with Christmas Spirit

The cute pets are sure to put you in the holiday mood.

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Trotting through the snow

“Whisper, my thoroughbred mare, is filled with Christmas spirit. She loves playing in the snow,” says Paige Cerulli.

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Christmas chicken

“That’s me in the Santa suit, with our favorite hen, Miss Piggy,” says Amy Bierstedt. “We love our chickens! They are definitely pets and a part of our family.”

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Tree topper

“Every year our cats get more excited than the kids when they see the decorations being hauled out of storage,” says Anna Westerman. “It doesn’t take long before the tree starts to shake and a new angel with a tail appears at the top. Then one by one the ornaments start disappearing, and the presents under the tree come unwrapped!” You also have to check out these hilarious photos of cats and dogs.

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Bunny bows

“My girls love to help their rabbits look extra festive with Christmas bows placed delicately between their ears,” says Anne Duvall. “This is my daughter Rebekah and her rabbit Cream Puff.”

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Merry and bright

“My dog Floyd loves Christmas!” says Channing Brown. “This was right after he met Santa. He looks so happy!”

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A forever home

“This is our newest addition, Chewie, spending his first Christmas in his forever home,” says Cheryl Stork. “We adopted Chewie two days after Thanksgiving. Shortly after, it became apparent that he was deaf. But that doesn’t stop him from living a full and happy life.”

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Santa’s helper

“Doc Mike is so photogenic,” says Debra Barron. “Christmas outfits are no stranger to this 7-year-old Jack Russell terrier.”

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Pig in a blanket

“This is our piggy, Charlotte,” says Felicia Henderson. “We took our Christmas picture this year, and of course had to include her.” These adorable animal pictures will make you say “awww.”

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Puppy’s first Christmas

“This year has been a year of firsts for my husband and me,” says Kerri Walden. “This will be our first Christmas in our first home, and our sweet puppy Luna is our first dog. I love Christmas and our little family.”

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Soft as snow

“We decided to do a photo shoot with our bunnies at Christmas,” says Kim Rountree. “These are Himalayan babies, about a month old. Who would not want one under their tree on Christmas morning?”

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Happy howlidays

“Pets always make the holiday season cozier and brighter,” says Kristin Crosby. “This picture of my friend’s black Lab, Bailey, excites me for Christmas time!”

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Deck the dog house

“My husband had just made three dog houses for our basset hounds for Christmas. I decided we should decorate one and take a photo,” says Macky Lineberry. “As sophisticated as he looks, Duke is nothing but a clown. He keeps us on our toes and laughing with his silly antics!”

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Furry and festive

“Every year we try to find a new outfit for our dog, Duchess, to wear during the Christmas holidays,” says Marjorie Stevenson. “She is very patient about letting me dress her up and gets so excited when she sees me bringing something new home from the store. She has always been a bit of a doggie fashion diva.” These before and after dog adoption photos will melt your heart.

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Rescue dogs

“Children and pets make Christmas extra special! Our three rescued pets could not fit more perfectly with our family,” says Yvonne Lind.

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Christmas surprise

“Petey, our dog, was a surprise on Christmas a few years ago, when my dad adopted him from the local shelter,” says Jessica Poet. “Petey loves Christmas just as much as the rest of the family and gets as excited as a child when it’s time for him to get his stocking.”

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Joy to the world

“Christmas time is one of the best times of the year. Family, friends, and community get together to celebrate,” says Mitchell McClosky. “And yes, our pets get to join in on the fun. What joy it is to play around with a couple goofy, energetic dogs!”

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Dreaming of snow

“I cuddled with my dogs Kato and Cadence while daydreaming about a wonderland of snow to play in,” says Toni Kerns.

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Sweater weather

“Sophie loves to dress up every Christmas and she’s not ashamed to show off her ugly Christmas sweater!” says Cami Slemmer. “She’s an active therapy dog and we love bringing smiles everywhere she goes.” These are the best holiday gifts for animal lovers.

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Cozy dog

“Cody was sitting in front of the fireplace while we had the Christmas lights on. He is very photogenic and has this goofy smile on his face all the time,” says Caryn Cash. “I ended up making a Christmas card out of this picture for our family and friends to enjoy.”

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Cat nap

The orange tabby must be dreaming of sugarplums, while the black cat is hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus.

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Santa claws

“This is my 6-year-old blue point Siamese cat, Simba. He is very regal and loves to be dressed up. I enjoyed taking this picture of him in his new Santa hat and jacket with the tree shining in the background,” says Danielle Nagreen.

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Snow day

“On a beautiful sunny day in November, Bella was only nine weeks old. This was her first adventure out in the snow in Caribou, Maine,” says Diane Gove. “She found a piece of pine branch to play with, and it made a picture-perfect Christmas card.”

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Best buddies

“My granddaughter, Vaira, loves animals—especially her dog Mitsy,” says Kenneth Penner. “It goes without saying that we have thousands of pictures of the two of them!”

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Not like the others

“Cookie, our granddaughter’s Shih Tzu, became a bit jealous of all the attention the stuffed animals were receiving while decorating the Christmas tree. So she decided to become a stuffed animal, too!” says Phyllis Boone. These cartoons will make every dog owner chuckle.

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Winter wonder

“Ox is two months old and he sat there so nice and calm with his cute Santa hat on,” says Samantha Anderson. “He really enjoys spending time with my children, as well as watching our chickens and goats.”

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Deck the barn

“My sister and I were taking Christmas pictures of the animals and I decided I wanted a picture of Kitty in the wreath hanging on the front barn door,” says Allison Geshinsky. “Surprisingly enough Kitty was very well behaved and posed for me. This is one of my favorite pictures of her.”

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Giving a gift

“Nothing like pets sharing a Christmas candy cane. Such a sweet moment,” says Cheryl Carson.

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White Christmas

“Lily is our newest member of our family, and this was her very first Christmas,” says Danielle Nagreen.

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Good boy

“Before our daughter came along, our dog Winston and our cat Reilly used to be the stars of our annual Christmas card,” says Dianne Craswell. “Winston was a very cooperative boy and let me dress him in a Santa costume to snap a few quick photos.”

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Home for Christmas

“Over the years, my two schnauzers have posed innumerable times for photos, from silly moments with friends to this sweet scene by the holiday decorations,” says Lori Sheldon.

Originally Published in Country