SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Santa could not have planned it any better. There were cold temperatures, a light snow covered the ground, and perfectly sunny skies, as dogs and their owners lined up to have their photos taken with Santa and his Elf. This is just wonderful, said one dog owner as she patiently waited to take the perfect photo of her dog with Santa and his Elf. Then there was brilliantly black haired Shadow who stood proud and tall as Santa and his Elf smiled for the camera. It was a winter social as nearly 50 dogs and their owners lined up for Christmas photos with Santa (Tim McConville) and his helper (Councilwoman Christine Faustini) at the Southside Dog Park.

“This Dog Park is just fantastic,” said Barbara  Cirigliano. The Southside Dog Park was hopping as dogs got their Christmas photos taken and then played in the snow in the fenced playground as owners sipped coffee and hot chocolate as they reminisced about Christmas past.

“I’m so pleased we have this all season dog park, said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh. “Today was the first ever Santa Paws photo shoot for the Southside Dog Park, and I have a sneaky suspicion it will be getting bigger and better each year.”

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Owners and their furry friends were lined up in the cold before 10:00am. “It was great seeing all the furry friends and their families,” said Tim McConville. “I enjoyed being able to put a smile on everyone’s face, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.”

“I am so happy that I was able to assist Santa on his trek from the North Pole to our Southside Dog Park,” said Councilwoman Christine Faustini. “It was great to see all the dogs and their owners in the holiday spirit.”

The youngest furry friend visiting Santa was Ace. Ace, a young puppy, who is owned by the Walsh family seemed at home in Santa’s arms. “This was a great community event,” said Tom Walsh. “We didn’t expect to see so many dogs and their owners. We really enjoyed ourselves and so did Ace. We look forward to seeing Santa and his helper next year. Kudos to the Mayor and Council.”