One of the best things about the holiday season is that there are so many ways to celebrate. You can follow your favorite traditions or put your own spin on them–or you can invent special new ways to celebrate that are all your own! It can be so fun to include your pet in the festivities, but don’t be surprised if they start to come up with their own traditions, too!
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Chance the Golden Retriever has a favorite holiday friend–his Christmas pickle, of course! While the Christmas pickle tradition has been around for quite a while, it’s a relatively new addition to the dog toy world. So when Chance was surprised with a huge version of his favorite toy on November 26, he was beside himself with joy!
How cute is this? Chance couldn’t be happier with his new plushie friend, and his owner seems pretty happy with herself for finding the pickle dog toy, too. It’s like Christmas came early this year! The sweet Golden Retriever now has a whole family of pickles, and all is right in the world.
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“He’s so gentle with his baby pickle,” noticed commenter @kaitlinmae_. Gotta love those Retriever breeds! These dogs are known for being able to carry almost anything in their mouths, including raw eggs, though many dogs do need training to be able to do so. For many others, like @chancethepupper, it’s an instinct that comes naturally!
While Chance knows all he needs to know about the Christmas Pickle, not a lot of people are familiar with the unique tradition. What historians know for sure is that this is a distinctly American practice, but its exact origins are known. Wherever it came from, the tradition includes a fun contest when someone hides the pickle-shaped ornament on the tree, then everyone else rushes to find it first on Christmas morning! Whoever finds it is said to have good luck for the next year, and they typically receive an extra gift, too. I know Chance certainly got an extra gift!
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