If you've ever tried to take the yearly Christmas picture for your cards, and that shot included small children or animals of any kind, you know that you better have a really big card for your camera (or a lot of film for your old-fashioned type camera) - and more importantly, a LOT of patience. Cricket, Hoke and Ho Dog are all pretty good about staying put, but baby Sybil, Gizmo and of course Gem the BC - not so much. Gem especially wanted no part of things. Last year, her first Christmas with us, we resorted to using a leash to tie her down. This year, we tried to just let her stay on her own. You will see the results below. But the biggest surprise was Sybil - other than a few hiccups, she was really pretty good. Gizmo can take it or leave it; we pulled him off his down pillow where he was all snuggled down and comfy and put a silly collar with bells around his neck and THEN insisted he stay put with a bunch of workin' dogs. To say he was insulted is like saying it rains just a tiny bit in the Pacific Northwest in the winter. But, in the end, it all worked out (except for Gem) and Dale got the shot for the cards. Now I guess I gotta go start the cards. If you're expecting yours before Christmas, well - maybe.