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Finals are over, it's getting cold (REAL cold!) and the holidays are here! Things could not be better. I thought I'd post an small update on Darwin, and add our holiday cards for this year.

First off - I will make an admission. This semester I got super busy, and for the first time, Darwin became quite matted. I am usually very diligent about brushing him, so this is the first time he's been matted to this level. I feel terrible about it, and I really didn't even realize how matted he was for quite a while, I thought I was brushing him more regularly than I was. I think this was also agitated by his higher than usual licking and scratching. I sat down to give him a thorough brushing one day and realized that they were everywhere, and down to the skin. Rather than subject him to de-matting I decided to just shave it all off. We usually get Darwin cut short at this time anyways, but not so short!

The last photo before the shave down. Note the crusty beard. I don't miss that. 

To save money I did it myself... and to say I did a bad job would be an understatement. LOL. He is pretty patchy and uneven, but that is okay because he's mat free and his hair grows fast. :-) So far he's loving it, he usually does enjoy shave downs so this isn't a suprise. However, he's been snuggling a lot more because he's cold! We've had fun snuggling him up in blankets.

I do love to watch Darwin run when he's short, because it's so much easier to see his eyes and he just looks so happy! Well, sometimes. Other times he looks like a demononic beast. It kind of depends on the position of his ears. Ha ha. We went out to play in the snow to celebrate the end of finals (yay!!!) and Darwin loved it.

Here is Darwin's Christmas card to the DK-ers

And the card from Jacob, Darwin and I. We are kind of goofy people and we love LOTR and the Hobbit, so we couldn't resist. :-)

The front

The back

So overall, it's been great and we are excited for Christmas!

Darwin would like to add a shout out to JD here. Because he's cut so short we bought him his very own ugly Christmas sweater, and he is not pleased! He is hoping for some tips on avoiding this travesty. 

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Comment by Ginny Nightingale on December 17, 2013 at 4:36pm

Wow--that is a shave down! He looks great! And the card is awesome--happy holidays to you!

Comment by Dee & Chloe on December 16, 2013 at 8:29pm

What a wonderful blog and photos of sweet Darwin. His soulful eyes and wonderful big brown nose shine through no matter how long or short his hair  is! Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your time off from studying.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on December 16, 2013 at 4:36pm

Darwin is a beautiful dog and he does look very happy with his short haircut! 

And that card is amazing! A very Merry Christmas & the happiest New Year to all three of you! 

Comment by Allyson, Peri & Taquito on December 16, 2013 at 11:49am

That card is hilarious! LOVE

Comment by F, Calla & Luca on December 16, 2013 at 10:56am
Great blog, photos and cards. A very merry Christmas and Happy New year from Calla, Luca and me.
Comment by Robin and Libby Louise on December 16, 2013 at 10:17am

OMD I am hysterical at your LOTR card!  I too am a total fan and just love it!  And Darwin looks so handsome with his short cut!  Happiest of holidays to you and your family! 

Comment by Sue & Lily Grace on December 16, 2013 at 9:49am

Carmilla, Have a Wonderful Christmas.  I always love seeing pictures of Darwin.  

Comment by Miss Ellie on December 16, 2013 at 8:47am

And a very Merry Christmas to you and your family Camilla...Darwin is gorgeous with or without all his hair!

Comment by Adina P on December 16, 2013 at 8:40am

Ahaha... fun card and loved the Darwin pics!

Comment by Jill, Woody & Maxi on December 16, 2013 at 8:24am

That card is hysterical! Love it!! Happy Holidays


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