Santa Claus poses with a
dog during a previous pet Photos with Santa event at
Lakeview Animal Clinic in Pewaukee. This year,
photos will be taken from 10 a.m. to noon on
PEWAUKEE - Hung on the fridge. Sent in a
Christmas card. Photos with Santa are a great memento
for parents of dogs and children and a fun way to spread
holiday cheer. Saturday’s photos with Santa in Pewaukee
are much more - proceeds will go to the America’s
Organized by Anna Schwister, owner of
Lakeview Animal Clinic, pets and their family members
can have their photos taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to
noon Saturday at the clinic, 617 Ryan St., Suite 280.
Schwister said she was drawn to America’s
VetDogs organization because her stepson is a deployed
Marine. America’s VetDogs teams disabled veterans and
service members with specialty trained assistance dogs.
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs has trained
and placed more than 400 guide, service, hearing and
post-traumatic stress disorder service dogs to provide
independence, enhanced mobility and companionship to
veterans with disabilities. In 2015, VetDogs opened its
programs to first responders. It costs more than $50,000
to breed, raise, train and place one assistance dog.
This Saturday will be the fourth year
that Schwister and her staff will welcome people to have
their photos taken. She said each year more people have
attended the photo shoot, which is done by David Olson,
owner of Studio 360 Photo in Pewaukee.
Olson said he was drawn to the unique
concept of America’s VetDogs and appreciated how much
Schwister has done for the community.
He also likes the therapeutic nature of
owning a pet, especially during the holidays for
Dogs react in different ways when they
enter Lakeview Animal Clinic; some of them who are
filled with anxiety because they recognize it as the
veterinarian’s office and others will look at Santa
Claus nervously, Olson said. But Schwister and her staff
work well with the dogs and each appointment is for 10
minutes, so by the end of the session, the dogs are much
more relaxed, he said.
“We had a lot of fun last year; some of
the owners brought in their pets in costumes,” Olson
The cost is $15 for a 4-inch by 6-inch
color photo from Studio 360 Photo. After the studio is
paid for its services, Schwister said the rest will go
to America’s VetDogs.
People who wish to have a 10-minute
appointment with Santa must make a reservation by
There will also be Christmas cookies and
crafts for kids.