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Chase Padula, 3, plays on the Corolla beach with his fur brother Baxter. Chase's extended family has made the annual trek from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Corolla for the past eight years, and they plan to return in September.

This sweet 5-year-old mixed breed has been in the care of the Outer Banks SPCA since March 28, 2018 — that's nearly seven years in dog years. The SPCA is hoping someone will open their heart and help Brownie have a happily ever after by providing this snuggle bug a forever home.

The holiday season is upon us, and we're all looking forward to a month — or more — of cheer and goodwill toward all. In nearby Elizabeth City, there’s a host of events on tap designed to get one and all in the spirit of the season.