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Looking to make Christmas bright? Get a dog

My dog, Bijou, is shown. (Photo: Pat McMahon)

We're told that the holiday season should be filled with smiles and laughter and love, but you must admit that lately that's been a little difficult to come by as we edge ever closer to a fiscal and emotional cliff.

Please let me help. If you're really interested in keeping the Christmas spirit -- if you want to be the Chairman of Cheer -- get a dog.

Actually, the best thing to do is have a dog, one that's yours, so you feel comfortable with each other. That way, you can go Christmas shopping together. If you do that, even just once, you will clearly see what makes those bells jingle.

Duffy and I have a big white Goldendoodle named Bijou. We get to take her everywhere because she's a trained therapy dog.

On Tuesday, we were shopping at one of those big box everything stores and Bijou became Santa Claus. Kids of all ages were coming up and asking if it was okay to pet her, moms and dads shared stories about their family pets, an elderly couple broke into smiles seeing her prance across the parking lot.

These are the things that, this time of year, makes me feel that the only animal missing from the nativity is a dog.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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