• Rebecca Fawcett-Smith

Give Yourself the PAW-fect Present This Christmas


If a photo of Santa with your furred family member is on your wish list this Christmas, then head along to Pet Supersavers Kallangur’s ‘Santa Paws – Aussie Style’ event on Saturday, December 2.

An annual event run by the store for the past eight years, the theme changed from ‘Santa Paws’ to ‘Santa Paws – Aussie Style’ last year due to Santa’s difficulty acclimatising to Queensland’s summer heat.

“For the first six years, we had a white Christmas backdrop and Santa was dressed in his traditional North Pole outfit, however he was finding it very, very hot,” explains Owner, Leichelle McMahon. “Because our Puppy Room is a beach theme, in 2016 we decided to go with an Aussie style photo, and now Santa is much more comfortable in his boardies and Christmas t-shirt. He still wears his Santa hat and brings his bell, but he also brings his surfboard.”

Not only is the event a great way to add a memorable happy snap to your family photo collection, it is also an opportunity to spread the spirit of goodwill, with all proceeds going towards the care and upkeep of the rescued and surrendered animals who call Pet Supersavers Kallangur’s Adoption Centre home. The $10.00 photo package includes 1 x 8"x10", 1 x 5”x7” and 1 x 6”x4” photo, with photos available for collection the following weekend.

Leichelle, a qualified groomer, employs all the tricks of the trade to capture the PAW-fect Christmas photo. “We have toys and treats on standby to get the attention of Santa’s guests, and we take a few photos to make sure we get everyone looking. Then we pick the best shots.”

The fifteen minute sessions run from 9.30am to 2.30pm, and with only nineteen slots available, Leichelle recommends booking in advance.

“If Santa is inundated he’ll stay longer, but he does need to feed his reindeer, so he’ll be taking a half hour lunch break between 12.30pm and 1pm,” she advises.

Feathered and scaled family members are also welcome, however Santa draws the line at rodent relatives.

“Santa has had his photo taken with a snake, and someone did bring a bird in once, but we had to say no to a rat request. Santa wasn’t too excited by that idea,” chuckles Leichelle.

With a wide range of Christmas themed toys in store, Santa’s guests will have no trouble letting him know what they want for Christmas.

“All our Christmas stuff will be here. We’ll have all the Christmas toys, the Christmas tree will be set up and the shop will be all tinselled.”

Going by previous years, there is every likelihood that the Christmas cheer will extend to passers-by.

“If we’re lucky, Santa will make an appearance out on Dohles Rocks Road again, waving to everyone in his thongs with his surfboard,” laughs Leichelle.

To book your ‘Santa Paws – Aussie Style’ session, drop by the store or call 3142 3496.

Where: Pet Supersavers, 1 Russell Street, Kallangur Date: Saturday, December 2 Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm Cost: $10.00


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