A rare triple: Bad Santa, SFNS and a pit bull


AND a Kitten!

This story has it all.

A Southern California shopping mall has apologized to the family of a young girl with autism after the family said she was turned away from visiting the shopping center’s Santa Claus because the Santa was allegedly afraid of the girl’s service animal.

Abcde Santos (pronounced Ab-Suh-Dee), had patiently waited in line to see the Santa at The Shops at Mission Viejo with her service dog Pup-Cake. Rather than waiting to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, the little girl was hoping to ask the jolly man what he was wishing for this year. But before Abcde could make it up to Santa, she was turned away, apparently because the man playing Saint Nick was not a fan of Pup-Cake, a pit bull.

When I first read this, I thought the journo had put Abcde in as a temporary placeholder while confirming the spelling of the little girls name.  Knock me over with a feather when it turns out we have a proper Silly First Name Syndrom case on our hands.

“The fact that Abcde was able to wait in line for 30 minutes was something that was to be highly celebrated,” family friend Julie Miller told ABC. “Any person who has a child on the spectrum would look at that and think, ‘Wow.’ ”

“The dog is not a breed when it is a service animal,” Miller continued. “A service animal is a highly trained companion to an individual and the breed is secondary. The Americans with Disabilities Act gives an individual with a disability the right to have their companion and service animal with them to do the job that they’re trained to do.”

Pup-Cake has been trained to help Abcde feel more comfortable, and travels with her wherever she goes. Miller shared that the Santos family is refraining from interviews about the incident, but they are heartbroken by what happened and the effect it has had on their daughter.

Awwww, is’t that nice?

Turns out, Pup-Cake’s owners are hard nosed ice cold capitalists.  Not that any news outlet is reporting this.  It has its own gooey Facebook page


“So what?”, you might say.

Well, there is a fair degree of entrepreneurial skill and plain old squeeze their hearts cynicism when you use your autistic daughter and her pit bull to run an online jewelry  store.





Abcde’s mum and dad certainly are making the best of having an  extra-special child and an unusual service dog.


– ABC Inc, Facebook


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  • symgardiner

    Got to admire the entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Jimmie

    I feel for that little girl – some serious sns going on there

  • Reaper

    At least it is easy to remember the spelling of this one.

    • ex-JAFA

      Every authority figure with whom she has to deal will think she’s extracting the urine when they ask her to spell her name. Would not go down well at a roadside breath screening test or with a court registrar for starters!

  • Nige.

    Uhhh…. are they sure its autism? Perhaps she has autism like symptoms BECAUSE of her parents giving her such a STUUPID first name.

    Pup-cake?…. Oh dear.

  • mark14

    was the santa a mus….oh

  • Benoni

    No one has to be near a pit-bull or any other of the bred-to -be -savage dogs. They are unreliable and regularly attack strangers and also the families of the owners and the owners themselves. A NZ man was killed by his own pit bulls near Rotorua several years ago while taking them for a walk. The parents have made their handicapped girl a pariah by putting her alongside an unreliable and dangerous dog. No one else is going to put up with it. That daughter is not going to be invited anywhere with her menace in tow.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Young vulnerable girl ….maybe not so vulnerable now with that service dog in tow…good dog!!

    Missing information for me is… did the parents explain to Santa the situation? Common sense is required by those with Pitbulls because society is wary of them, if so then Santa needs to grow something …..if not I can understand Santas dilemma….and this viewpoint comes from a person looking after a Pitbull

  • Pharmachick

    I had my face ripped open by a pit bull.

    I was at a private BBQ and went down the side of the house looking for the toilet (that was off the laundry)… the dog had wandered onto the property and we were both in a narrow “alley” between the house and the fence.

    Other than the puncture/tear in my right arm (that I stuck in front of my throat in desperation), because it didn’t “latch” on it then went again for my face. I pulled back as fast as possible and it knocked me, “snapping” open my nose and slamming into the right side of my face, fracturing my eye socket. They called a PLASTIC SURGEON to the ER to stitch/reconstruct my nose skin that was severed at the skin bridge between my eyes.

    Pit Bulls have been bred for generations for violence (hunting, fighting). They are NOT suitable service dogs, and no reputable service organization would promote one as such. And it is **discrimination** to force the Santa in this article be around a potential loose cannon.

    • cmm

      You got off lucky.

      It will take more than a cricket bat to turn a pitbull or other bull terrier that is really going.

      My aunt had one in South Africa that had a severe dislike for black people. I once hit it twice on the head with a steel fencing stake and it kept going.

      With an animal like this the owner needs to be able to match the dog’s strength and violence and be prepared to be brutal with the dog to protect others.

      It is not discrimination. It is a gross disrespect for society to run a pitbull around under the guise of being a service dog. Little Abcde lacks the physical strength, and no doubt the determination, to control the animal effectively.

      Abcde’s parents could have equipped her with a border collie

      • Pharmachick

        I agree 100% with everything you just said. Including the “its not discrimination …” but

  • Carrie

    “Pup-Cake has been trained to help Abcde feel more comfortable”

    I’m pretty sure that makes Pupcake an emotional support dog and not a service dog.

    Also, it seems a bit odd that the family only talks through Julie Miller, whose Facebook page says she is a PR agent. I’ve also never seen it stated what the parent’s names are. The mother refers to herself in third person on the Facebook page (since the FB page is written as if the dog is making the entries) as LR, which apparently means “Leash Rack.” So they’re fine with their daughter’s full name being in the news, but never name themselves? Odd.

    Seems like the family could clear up any doubt by stating what training the dog has had and what necessary tasks it does for the little girl.

    I’m sure the vast majority of pit bulls live peaceful lives. But with so many tried and true breeds that are commonly used as service dogs, why risk using a different breed as your special needs daughter’s service dog, other than if you’re just doing it for attention?

    I mean I think Irish Wolfhounds are awesome, but if I had a disability and needed a dog to perform tasks reliably I’d still get a Labrador or Golden Retriever.

    Pupcake does have a handle on her harness, which makes me think maybe she is used for mobility possibly, even though it wasn’t mentioned. However, she is a short dog so what happens when the child gets taller?

    Here’s Pupcake being walked by an adult to get a sense of how short she is.


    I dunno, maybe Pupcake is an old dog and will die before the little girl gets too tall for her, or maybe they’ll hope she stays short or just get another dog.