“You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place. 
That's why animals are so soft and huggy.” 

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

headEnjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas at the 2014 Santa Paws Boutique on Friday, December 5 from 5PM - 9PM at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, Maryland. 

This pet friendly shopping and holiday extravaganza features over 75 different vendors, crafters, small businesses and rescue organizations who will offer a variety of products and services for those on your holiday gift list.  For our creative friends, enter the Gingerbread Doghouse Contest or Dog Treat Doghouse Contest (see the contest guidelines for details).  A brown bag auction will be featured in Tolerance  Hall, so take a chance on a wide assortment of items donated by our community.  Santa Claus will be enjoying dinner with 30 friends at 6PM; tickets are on sale now!  Following dinner, Santa will be chatting with visitors and posing for family pictures (pets are welcomed).  It is an evening full of family fun for the ENTIRE family, pets too!

Sponsorships are available; donations to the brown bag auction are still being accepted.  Admission to the event is free and parking is free.  For more information call 410-474-2958 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Current vendors (contracted and contracts pending) include:


Bella de Art
Bottoms Up
Calvert Kettle Corn
Celadon Road
Celebrating Home
Children's Chunky Necklaces
Damsel in Defense
Ditty Bug Designs
Explore Couture
Goddess Dress Parties
Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern MD
Grandma's Girl
In a Pikle
Initials Inc.
Island Momma Baking Co.
It Works!
Jenns Eye View
Jewelry in Candles
Keepsakes and Country Friends
Lauren Fink
Lemongrass Spa
Lia Sophia
Love Birds
Mary Kay
Maw's Crafts
Mia Bella Candles

Mulberry Glass
Music & More
Origami Owl
Pampered Chef
Perfectly Posh
Plexus Slim
Powells Paracord
Pure Romance
Reclaimed Recycled Relics
Ruffle Scarves
Sandy's Glass Kraze
Seri Bella Studios
Skye's Loopy Creations
Stampin Up
Steeped Tea
Tastefully Simple
Thirty One
Vantel Pearls
Vessel Scents of Style
Wags and Whinnies
Wright Designs
Young Living Essential Oils

Craft vendors are currently confirmed for hair bows, recycled art, hand painted glassware and hand painted signs. Many craft vending opportunities remain open.


Your Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made via credit card through PayPal or via the mail.  




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Dinner With Santa

Tickets are now available for dinner with Santa taking place at 6:00pm at the Santa Paws Boutique!

Adults are $24.00 per person and children (under 12) are $12.00. Menu will include turkey, ham, green beans, and mashed potatoes; chicken strips and mac and cheese for the little ones; and great conversation around the table during dinner! Rolls, cookies and tea/water/coffee will be offered as well.

Only 30 tickets will be available! This is a seated dinner where Santa will be at the table dining with the guests. Sorry, due to Health Department regulations, pets can't be in the building for dinner. To order tickets, email smawlnews@yahoo.com or call 410-474-2958. Proceeds from the dinner ticket sales will support SMAWL's rescued dogs and cats.