They weren't asking for much, maybe just a fire hydrant or monster chew bone. A box of Milk Bones would be just fine too.
Through it all, Santa Claus was doing his best to please his Sunday night visitors that stopped at the J.C. Penney Court at Dakota Square Mall. It was "pet photo with Santa" night and, for a few hours, Santa's lap was reserved for pets only.
"Who doesn't want to come and see Santa?" said Karen Osterberg of Minot, when asked what her dog thought of the experience.
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Tilly had no problem visiting with Santa Claus Sunday evening at Dakota Square Mall in Minot. Santa had set aside time so that pets could have their photographs taken with him.
Osterberg had dressed her dog, Bentley, in a Santa suit for the occasion. She also brought Tilly, a friend's dog, to photo night. Both dogs were very cooperative and even brought a broad smile to Santa's face.
"They don't ask for much. They are pretty content," said Osterberg. "They just wanted to come and see Santa because they love Santa and it's fun."
Jerry and Cindy Stewart of Minot brought a pair of American Eskimos to the photo shoot. Prince and Angel seemed to be enjoying the experience.
Storytime with Santa
Santa Claus is inviting all children to come to Dakota Square Mall at 5:45 p.m. today and Tuesday for a special storytime with Santa. Santa will be reading from some of his favorite Christmas stories, including the Dr. Suess classic "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." Storytime with Santa will be held at the J.C. Penney court.
"This is something fun to do at Christmas time," said Cindy Stewart. "They are my children. I don't have children, so this will do."
Moments later a pug and a Rottweiler came through the mall doors and, with the guidance of their owners, headed straight for Santa Claus. Despite Sunday evening's cold temperatures, the line of owners and pets waiting for a chance to spend a few moments with Santa was steady. Santa had set aside two hours, 7 to 9 p.m., for the event.
Joe and Amanda Austin of Minot and their two dogs, a two and one-half year old German Shorthaired named Lilly and a year-and-a-half-old Vizsla named Ginger, waited patiently for their turn to visit Santa. Lilly had a few things to say and Ginger managed a bark or two, but the canine duo clad in Santa hats seemed to sense the importance of the moment and were cooperative.
After having their picture taken with Jolly Old St. Nick, Amanda Austin commented on what the dogs might have requested for Christmas.
"Lots of chew toys and bones," laughed Austin.
According to a mall spokesman, Sunday's pet photo session with Santa was the only one scheduled for this season.