As a very fine example of puppy love, Kaitlin Miller, aged eight, wrote her Christmas list for Santa and it featured items entirely for the family’s new puppy, nine-week old Poppy.
Her mum Sharon was so touched by this, she put Kaitlin’s list – which included food, collar, blanket, toys, poo bags, lead, treats, tennis ball and holder – on Facebook.
Barbara Guy, who works at Port Erin Pets & Pals, spotted it and approached shop owner Lynne George.
‘How sweet to think of the dog and not herself,’ said Barbara. ‘So I asked Lynne about it – she is more than generous. She agreed to give her what she asked for, she also gave Kaitlin and her twin sister Ellie goodie bags.’
Kaitlin knew the shop had offered to donate items for Poppy and was excited at the prospect of picking them up after being at Ballacottier School last Friday.
The day grew more exciting as their new puppy was there to greet them in the car as Sharon had just collected Poppy, a poochon (a cross between a poodle and a bichon), whose first outing with the family was to the shop, where they were greeted by Santa Claus!
‘I was overwhelmed,’ said Sharon. ‘Santa was waiting there with the gifts, I could not believe it . I did not expect this response at all.
‘They gave us a harness, dog treats, training mat, hair brush – we came away with loads of stuff. They had goodie bags for the girls, they included advent calendars, they already have them, so they both gave us [Sharon and husband Tom] theirs. Kaitlin understands why the whole thing came about. It’s overwhelming enough they got the dog, they have been pestering us for ages to get one, it’s been quite a journey.’