starfish ornament on christmas tree
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Animal Instinct

Our dog is very good about leaving the Christmas tree alone—usually. However, one night he ate an ornament! The ornament was a dried starfish that had been painted to look like Santa. Technically this is (was) the only ornament on our tree made from a dead animal, and sure enough, our dog sniffed it out and ate it. Unfortunately, my wife and I had bought the starfish ornament on our honeymoon in Hawaii. She was pretty upset, but I think it's a good excuse to go back to Hawaii to get another one.

Stephen Daniels
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