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Santa and elf fired after turning away autistic girl with pit bull service dog


I will put this notice on my post from now on, every time that I copy a post from Facebook, so all of my readers will know that this is not my work, but that of someone else. This, like so many of my posts have, came from Facebook.



I heard about this from my daughter, Mikkel Becker, and it got both of us steaming mad! A mall Santa refused to take photos with a little girl with autism because he said her trained service dog, Pup-Cake the Service Dog, “eats people” because he is a pit bull.

I am sickened at the ignorance this demonstrated both about dogs and the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, but above all, that someone who was playing Santa Claus for children took it upon himself toruin this child’s magical visit. I echo Mikkel’s gratitude that the mall fired him, but would rather it had never happened at all.

The good news is that the mall, The Shops at Mission Viejo, apologized to the girl and her family, and offered her a private meeting with Santa — hopefully this time someone who embodies the true meaning of the season! — and complimentary photos with Pup-cake.

MISSION VIEJO, Calif.–It turns out that a local Santa Claus and elf were really just Christmas grinches…



POSTED 4:55 PM, DECEMBER 2, 2014, BY , UPDATED AT 02:05PM, DECEMBER 3, 2014

MISSION VIEJO, Calif.–It turns out that a local Santa Claus and elf were really just Christmas grinches in disguise.


A little girl was turned away while trying to visit a Christmas display at The Shops at Mission Viejobecause she had a pit bull with her as a service dog. Abcde Santos–pronounced “Ab-suh-Dee”–was with her family and Pupcake, who she has had with her since 2009, when, according to a Facebook page dedicated to Pupcake the Service Dog, Santa refused to take a picture wit her because “those dogs eat people.”

The Facebook page says that Abcde’s mom offered to take Pupcake out of the mall completely and even asked if Santa would just smile and wave at Abcde, but Santa said “No because they support those dogs.” The family explained the laws regarding service dogs, at which point they say Santa suddenly said he was allergic.

The page further states that Abcde was going to ask Santa what he wanted for Christmas so that she could make it for him.

The face of a girl santa refused to see because "those dogs eat people"</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>(Against the law)</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>The L.R. offered to take me completely out of the mall if he would just see her for 30 seconds. Or if he would use her visit time to simply smile and wink at her as she stood on the other side of the gate from far away. </p><br /><br /><br />
<p>"No because they support those dogs"</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>After the laws were explained santa suddenly became allergic. The L.R.'s again offered to take me completely out of the mall again if he would see her or waive and wink at her from afar,  he still refused.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>(Against the law)</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>She was so eager to ask santa what HE wanted for Christmas so she could make it for him. </p><br /><br /><br />
<p>It's going to be a double duty kind of day.

Pup-Cake the Service Dog

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· November 30 at 6:39pm · Edited ·

The face of a girl santa refused to see because “those dogs eat people”

(Against the law)

The L.R. offered to take me completely out of the mall if he would just see her for 30 seconds. Or if he would use her visit time to simply smile and wink at her as she stood on the other side of the gate from far away.

“No because they support those dogs”

After the laws were explained santa suddenly became allergic. The L.R.’s again offered to take me completely out of the mall again if he would see her or waive and wink at her from afar, he still refused.

(Against the law)

She was so eager to ask santa what HE wanted for Christmas so she could make it for him.

It’s going to be a double duty kind of day.


On Pupcake’s Facebook page’s “about me” section it describes the journey the two have taken together. According to the page, which is written from Pupcake’s point of view, doctors told her family she wouldn’t be able to bond or make emotional connections. After Pupcake joined the family the two became best friends. “There is no Abcde without pup, they were born the moment they met,” the page says Mr. Santos said.

The Noerr Programs, which provides digital event imaging and marketing services–including photos with Santa–to shopping centers nationwide, apologized for the incident. The company’s CEO, Judy Noerr, wrote a post on the Facebook page for The Shops at Mission Viejo saying that on Sunday, Dec. 7 the company will present its Caring Santa at the mall. The Caring Santa is a program started in 2011 for kids with special needs, and it can be found in 119 locations across the U.S.

The Facebook post from Noerr also said that the company reached out to the girl and her family and invited her to a private visit with Santa, complete with complimentary photos of the girl and her dog.

The family released a statement saying that the incident was resolved by both Simon Property Group, which owns The Shops at Mission Viejo, the management team at the mall and Noerr. The Santa and the elf were fired.

Why didn’t anyone tell me I was wrong?

I just came across this on my Facebook and thought it should be shared. Maybe someone will read it and have a chance to save a child’s life. If even one life is saved due to this post, then it will have been worth it to have shared it. Please share this however you can.


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Why didn’t anyone tell me I was wrong?

Have you ever seen someone do something that you know was wrong but were too afraid to tell them? For instance…. let’s say you know a good bit about car seats and you see a lady in the Wal-Mart parking lot that has her child in a forward facing car seat and you know that child should still be rear facing and buckled in properly. You don’t know her so you decide it’s best not to interfere because your scared she may get upset or think your crazy.

Cameron all buckled in the WRONG way!


I can NOT stress this enough….TELL THEM HOW TO FIX IT!!! I was that mom… the one placing her child, the most important thing to her, in the car seat wrong. I was that mom that would share pictures like the one above on social media sites and never was corrected. I was that mom that would allow friends and family to take my children places and assumed they were safe in the car. I was that mom that would put hundreds of miles on the car without a care in the world assuming everything was perfect until…………..

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it was too late.

It only takes a second for your life to change.

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My son was 11 months and 27 days old when my (now EX) boyfriend ran a stop sign. My perfect little baby went through the windshield……. and was found dead in a ditch. He was resuscitated and spent 16 days in ICU. 8 surgeries in the first three days…. his brain was damaged beyond repair. It would not allow his body to absorb any nutrients and my child was starving himself to death. I had two choices….

1:Let him starve …. or

2:Remove life support

I had to make a choice.


May 13, 2013 Cameron grew his wings.

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Now, I’m that mom who doesn’t sleep at night. I’m that mom who spends most of her shopping trips avoiding the baby boy clothes. I am the mom that has learned from her mistakes.


And you know why??

…..because I wish every single day of my life now that someone would have told me I was doing it wrong BEFORE it was too late.


*below is a link to Cameron’s story . It has more detail of the night of the accident.-

Cameron’s facebook page-

Prayer Chain For Baby Ava


Baby Ava is a child that I have been following for a while now. Here is a picture of her in her new Gait trainer. She is doing great with it.



Mommy, Grandma and Ava went to a event at McCauley High School with Ava’s Aunt April and cousin Tori. Meghan Roswick is one of the guest speakers. We’re very excited for Ava To meet her she’s been a HUGE inspiration to us since we started following her story prior to Ava’s birth. She has HLHS and obviously Ava has HRHS but they both only have half a heart just opposite sides! She has never let it slow her down and she was a competitive gymnast, professional skier and has even sky dived!!!!! She lives ever day to its fullest and that is exactly what we try to do with Ava in hopes she will continue to live her life that way when she’s older and making her own decisions!!!! I have learned so much about life through this journey not only from Ava but all of these warriors that battle not only Heart Defects but any type of disease! There is a lot to be learned from a child!!!!!!!
I chose to post the picture of Ava so you could see how sweet she is. This particular article shows how one child getting to see and be with someone that has the same thing they do can help the child and the family in many ways. Ava may not be big enough or old enough right now to know the full impact of her meeting Meghan Roswick, but her family will continuously tell Ava about Meghan for years to come.
Like the article says, they both have the same problem. They both have only one half of a heart. But one has the left side, and the other one has the right side. Ava will be told how Meghan has been able to do so many things, and has not let her disability stop her. I can only imagine that it will encourage Ava to try hard as she can also. Ava now has someone like her to look up to. The two girls will probably continue to be friends from here on out. Of course for the next few years, until Ava gets older, it will be her parents keeping up with Meghan. However, when she gets old enough to, then Ava will do it herself.
It is great when people that have unusual medical problems find someone else that has or has had the same or a similar problem. They can then compare notes with each other and draw strength from each other as well.
Cannot express how excited we are that Ava and Angel had the chance to meet Meghan Roswick-HLHS
Prayer chain for baby Ava's photo.
Prayer chain for baby Ava's photo.

Ava has been doing AMAZING lately. Her ventilator is only used for CPAP settings and she is off of the vent completely now for 8 hours during the day. She has a speaking valve that she uses when she’s on her windows. She has a new stander that is helping her tremendously with core strength. She has a new hearing device that works much better than her hearing aids for her, with this new equipment she talks much more and is always smiling especially to Mommy and her crazy sisters voices! She did great yesterday on her swallow study and is cleared to eat small amounts by mouth and start working on a sippy cup. Overall she is doing EXCELLENT. Still not setting on her own but she’s so close. Ava is very happy and loves to be outside and really enjoys her outings with the family!

Seeking New Home For Guide Dog

The dog had been her Hero of sorts, but other dogs attacked her dog and have ruined the dog’s ability to be an effective guide dog for her. I know this isn’t a poem, but please read the story and answer it if you are willing and able to be the dog’s new owner and new home.

Regina woman seeks new home for ‘best friend’ guide dog

Posted: Aug 9, 2013 8:44 AM CST

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2013 8:42 AM CST

Jacqueline Rennebohm says she's looking for a loving home for her 'best friend' Dexter the guide dog. Jacqueline Rennebohm says she’s looking for a loving home for her ‘best friend’ Dexter the guide dog. (Tory Gillis/CBC)

A visually-impaired woman says she’s heart-broken, but will have to find a new home for a “best friend” — her guide dog Dexter.

Regina’s Jacqueline Rennebohm has a form of macular degeneration and can’t see further than two metres.

She needs Dexter, a German Shepherd, to help her get around at work and around the city.

“I rely heavily on Dexter,” Rennebohm told CBC Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger. “He has a huge role.”

However, the specially trained pooch has been through a rough patch, she says.

‘There’ll be tears. It’s very, very difficult.’—Jacqueline Rennebohm prepares to say farewell to Dexter

While on the job, several dogs jumped on him, and now he’s distracted and is having trouble keeping his focus.

That’s creating a potentially hazardous situation for Rennebohm as she navigates the streets.

Reluctantly, she’s giving Dexter up, sending the four-year-old into early retirement.

“He’s also my best friend,” she said. “There’ll be tears. It’s very, very difficult.”

Rennebohm described Dexter as a calm, highly social dog who loves being around people.

The ideal setting for him would be with a loving family who could give him lots of exercise and allow him to stay indoors.

She said people can email her at explaining why their home would be right for the dog. She would also like to visit Dexter from time to time, she said.

Meanwhile, Rennebohm has started the process of looking for a new guide dog.

“It feels horrible, filling out an application form in Dexter’s presence,” she said.

She said she’d like to keep Dexter as a pet, but it would be confusing and unworkable with another guide dog in the house.