With Christmas in full swing, our decorations are up, our presents are bought – hopefully, and there is Christmas cheer wherever you go. But nothing celebrates the true meaning of Christmas like a Nativity scene.
And one dog groomer got very creative in her creation of the most adorable Nativity scene to ever grace the internet.
Jo Kingston, who owns the dog walking and grooming business called Wags to Riches in Leicestershire, England, created the photo that went viral back in Christmas 2017.
Nativity play rehearsal at W2RHQ. 🎄🐶🎄🐶 pic.twitter.com/SXG090QIDI
— Wags to Riches Pet Services (@to_wags) December 19, 2017
The scene was the first all-canine Nativity. And the costumes were easy enough to make as the groomer just wrapped towels around the dogs to resemble traditional Nativity robes.
And perhaps the best part was the tiny puppy in the manger who was portraying the Baby Jesus.
Needless to say, social media quickly fell in love with the picture, which has been retweeted thousands of times since it first went viral.
As Jo recalled to the BBC. “I woke up and somebody tagged me in this photo saying, ‘Jo, you’ve gone viral.’ I’ve had so many people messaging me. I didn’t expect this at all.”
Nativity play… scene 1…
2000 years ago in Judea. (Now called Israel) something very special happened.
There was a young women called Mary and she had a visit from an Angel called Gabriel……(make sure your sound is up) x pic.twitter.com/QKk9VVG1Gh
— Wags to Riches Pet Services (@to_wags) December 2, 2018
And as it turned out, the all-canine cast was pretty easy to work with and was quite obedient in staying still for the picture – so long as they were given treats.
“They were all happy to sit for the photo,” the owners said to The Dodo. “It’s amazing what dogs will do for a biscuit.”
The picture was such a success, that they made it a Christmas tradition – releasing another one last year in 2018.
Dress rehearsal for this years nativity play.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/P6DidaQQHM
— Wags to Riches Pet Services (@to_wags) November 26, 2018
They’ve even expanded to capturing other holidays and events, such as New Years, Valentine’s Day and the Royal Wedding.
Happy new year to you all from Wags to Riches HQ! pic.twitter.com/PvBWBuVCIt
— Wags to Riches Pet Services (@to_wags) January 1, 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/bhTxcdwq9e
— Wags to Riches Pet Services (@to_wags) February 14, 2018
We are so excited about the royal wedding here at Wags To Riches, we decided to recreate our own wedding at doggy daycare.. 🥂🎂🌞😊🐶🐶xx pic.twitter.com/PYR6lEXAuZ
— Wags to Riches Pet Services (@to_wags) May 16, 2018
Here’s hoping they do another one for 2019.