Meet Michael and his faithful furry sidekick, Elf Larue. Michael is a man with a heart of gold who spends his free time spreading joy and cheer to deserving families in his local town. But he doesn't do it alone - his adorable mixed breed dog, Elf Larue, is always by his side, ready to lend a paw and bring smiles to the faces of those they meet. Together, Michael and Elf Larue make the perfect Santa Claus and little elf duo, spreading holiday magic wherever they go. Read their story and learn how Elf is a tribute to an amazing individual.
For the past 21 years, I've tried to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. In 2017, I lost a friend - Stefanie LaRue - to the disease. Besides being a beautiful soul to people, Stefanie was an angel to neglected and hard to adopt animals. She had a three-legged dog, a blind dog, etc. Loving the supposed unlovable.
Without a pet at the time, I made a promise that my next pet would be a rescue, and it would be named LaRue in honor of my friend.
In the fall of 2020 (PANDEMIC), my sister found two dogs on the side of a country road outside her small Oklahoma town. Despite my earlier promise to myself, I wasn't looking for a dog amid all the COVID chaos. But I kept looking at those eyes of the one dog my sister found in a lost and found post on social media.
About a month after he lived with my sister, I made the phone call that I needed a roommate. November 24th, 2020, the day before Thanksgiving, we were introduced. As it was the holidays, and I am Santa Claus for area families and businesses, I thought every good St. Nick needs an Elf ... So my young friend became Elf LaRue.
While the pandemic hit in 2020, that year was a breeze for me compared to 2021. Despite some hardships and setbacks that year, I quickly realized I had an essential ally waiting for me at home each evening. I NEEDED him. And I didn't even know it.
Elf LaRue is thought to be around 3-1/2 years old ... He loves absolutely everyone as long as you are not a squirrel or a cat. We hike fairly long distances (8-10 miles), but leisurely walks are also fantastic. I cannot speak highly enough of this dog. He's not perfect, but he's perfect for me.
Do you have a special pet in your life who brings you joy and companionship every day? Have they done something amazing or heartwarming that you just have to share? We want to hear your stories! Let's celebrate our pets through the tales we tell, whether they're about a loyal dog who never leaves your side or a mischievous cat who always keeps you on your toes. Our pets are more than just animals - they're cherished members of our families who deserve to be celebrated. So, share your stories with us and let's spread the love for our furry friends together!