December Pet of the Month: Rudolph

by Lauren Verini

Name: Rudolph

Breed: Reindeer from the North Pole

Age: The first story told about Rudolph was in 1939 by Robert L. May who wrote a children’s book to be handed out in department stores during Christmastime.

Diet: Unlike Santa Claus who loves cookies and milk, Rudolph loves nothing more than leafy greens, apples and carrots. Rudolph tries to eat as healthy as possible; he has to fly once a year after all!

Cool Trick: His nose lights up bright red

Adorable Eccentricity: He can fly, just like his other reindeer friends Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Doner and Blitzen. He’s also the head reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh every Christmas Eve, helping to deliver Christmas presents to children all around the world.

Dislikes: When the other reindeer laugh and call him names, global warming

Things that make his tail wag: Christmas carols and sleigh bells! Like everyone else, Rudolph waits in anticipation all year round for Christmas Eve, which is his favorite time of the year.

Special Story: Rudolph was always picked on because his nose lit up and he was different than all the other reindeer. One foggy Christmas eve, Santa came to his house to deliver Christmas presents when he saw Rudolph’s red shinning nose and he came up with the brilliant idea to have Rudolph lead his sleigh that night. After that Rudolph’s story went down in history and he was hailed a hero by the other reindeer.

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