Owners Kate Bowman, right, Ann Bowman and Clipper, a 14-year old yellow lab for whom the store is named, at Clipper's Canine Cafe in Savage Mill.
Owners Kate Bowman, right, Ann Bowman and Clipper, a 14-year old yellow lab for whom the store is named, at Clipper's Canine Cafe in Savage Mill. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Stop by Clipper's Canine Cafe in Savage Mill this month to celebrate the season with a bit of a bark. On Dec. 5, Santa will be available for photos with your pup, and all month, shoppers can purchase cute dog treat-filled ornaments. The best part? The photos and the ornaments benefit canine causes.

Santa’s visit to the shop is always exciting for dogs and their owners says Kate Bowman, who owns the store with her mother, Ann. “We get a lot of families with little kids who come,” she says. “People use the pictures in Christmas cards — and it just makes them feel good to know it’s for a good cause.”
Photos with Santa will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $10 for one printed photo, with all proceeds benefitting All Shepherd Rescue, the Baltimore-based German shepherd rescue operation that works with Clipper’s to organize the event.
Savage resident Nicole Dunham and her pup Delilah, a Carolina dog mix, are regular customers at Clipper’s and have visited Santa at the shop for the past several years. In past years, Dunham has used her photos of Delilah and Santa to illustrate her annual Christmas letter.
This year, she’s planning to give her dog a reprieve. “She’s not too excited for photos. She’s like a kid who doesn’t want to sit on Santa’s lap,” she laughs.
They’ll skip photos, but the pair will still attend the event to make a donation. “They really put a lot of time and effort into this,” she says. “The people who do the Santa photos are just unbelievable. They are so patient with you and your pet and just really want to do good for animals.”
Those volunteers are just as enthusiastic. “We love doing it,” says All Shepherd’s Mary Pederson. The proceeds, she explains, support All Shepherd’s efforts to foster and re-home dogs and educate the community about issues like spaying and neutering.
The ornaments — clear plastic globes stuffed with dog treats — are made by Kate Bowman herself.* This year, and for the past several, proceeds benefit Adopt a Boxer Rescue, a boxer-oriented organization serving much of the East Coast, from northern Virginia to New England.
Be warned: the ornaments won’t last. “We always sell out before Christmas,” says Bowman.
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