"Some media reports noted my absence from this year’s family holiday photo. Some speculated about my health. Some went so far as to suggest I signed a lucrative contract to make movies in Hollywood. Still, others suggested that I had become spokesdog for a new doggie treat company. In fact, I am alive and well and living in the McGuinty household. The media sometime tend to cling to a good story (the phrase "dog with a bone" comes to mind) and I want to put paws to the speculation so I’m posting this photo of me with Mom and Dad."