Dante had many talents, not least of which was modelling.
As if he already didn't have enough to do at Christmastime, being one of Santa's Helpurrs, he also had a part-time job modelling in the Christmas window at "The Lion's Den". Dante was a true incarnation of a lion, after all.
Here he is with his lion's mane in full splendour. And he has such a majesty about him, too!
Getting back to "The Lion's Den", they sell stuffed animals but lions only, as well as other lion PURRaphenalia. Fur instance, there's a cuckoo clock on the wall, but instead of a cuckoo bird making its appearance every hour, it's a cuckoo lion!
Here's a sample of their stuffed lions and some of the other merchandise on their shelves:
Santa Lion Pillow ...
... and Tote!
Finally, here's a close-up of the cuckoo lion. Being 'cuckoo' he makes a real
uproar when announcing the hour.
And speaking of uproars, may you all have a roaring good time tomorrow.
This picture was taken in December 2009, and was modified much later by me for the Christmas effect.
Dante was nothing if not generous -- and even more so at Christmas time. Here he has put out a plate of Christmas cookies for the birds. He thought they might appreciate some shortbread and gingerbread. Even birds like a little extra spice at Christmas! Certainly different from your ordinary, average breadcrumbs.
And what are cookies without ice cream? He has saved the latter for himself. I guess this makes him an Ice Cream Coon.
And later that night when Dante is tucked in bed, the birds (replete with cookie crumbs) begin to sing: