A Doggone Good Time 

Pets and their owners get festive photos taken with Santa 

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A total of 482 animal lovers attended the 22nd annual Pets & Piña Coladas event at Keys Kritters Pet Shop on Dec. 14-15. Animals of all shapes and sizes – from small dogs to large dogs, from hairless cats to hedgehogs, and more – lined up with their owners to get pictures taken with Santa. All participants left with a refreshing piña colada (humans only) and a doggy gift bag full of treats like Greenies, Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers, compostable waste bags, food samples and treats. Started in 1997, Pets & Piña Coladas began as a way to bring together fellow pet owners and raise money for organizations along the Upper Keys, based on donations of $1 per photo taken. Since its inaugural year, proceeds have been donated to organizations like the Upper Keys Humane Society, Caring for Cats, and MarrVelous Pet Rescue, among others. Proceeds from this year’s event went to the Coral Shores High School Marine Lab, which Keys Kritters owner Robby Majeska set up for Coral Shores 10 years ago.

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This little porcupine gets his photo op with Santa during Keys Kritters Pets & Pina Coladas. HOLLY HOUSER/Keys Weekly
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Moses is thrilled to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas this year. CONTRIBUTED
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Eddy Chamizo and his dog Dini, repeat attendees at Pets & Piña Coladas, enjoy the festivities. HOLLY HOUSER/Keys Weekly
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Emily Rosu brings her 5-month old puppy named Dory to get her first picture with Santa. Emily’s family recently adopted Dory, a dachshund terrier, from MarrVelous Pet Rescue. HOLLY HOUSER/Keys Weekly
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The Fink family and their goldendoodle named Lulu stop by to get a family photo with Santa. HOLLY HOUSER/Keys Weekly
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You don’t see this every day! Alex and Misty dress up their Chinese crested, Bruce, and hairless counterpart, Ragnahar. CONTRIBUTED

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