Santa pulled the Elf cam off of the shelf where the green sprinkles had been. Over night the green sprinkles had once more disappeared and Santa was sure that the camera would tell them who the culprit was who was taking the sprinkles.
Santa took out the memory card and placed it in his laptop. He began to cycle through the hours of empty film until he saw the sprinkles bag fall over. Santa slowed down. “Claudia, Jessie, I think I’ve found the portion of the video we need. Jessie, quit begging for cookies and come here girl.”
Jessie’s ears fell and she slowly walked over to Santa. She wasn’t sure if Santa was angry. He’d never told her to stop begging before and she didn’t want Santa to be angry.
Jessie licked Santa’s hand and put her head on his knee. Santa looked down at the dog and sighed. “I’m not angry Jessie. I just don’t want you to get sick. Claudia’s already given you a cookie today. One’s enough girl. Claudia now that you’re here let’s look at the video.”
Santa started the video again. The bag fell over and and a pair of pink eyes and a white head came into view.
“What in the world is that thing and how did it get in my bakery.” cried Claudia.
“It’s a white squirrel Claudia. It must have hitched a ride on the sleigh with your vanilla shipment. Now the real question is where in the bakery could it be hiding. You’re here twelve hours a day and you haven’t seen it yet. Let’s look around the store. Jessie, use that nose of yours for more than sniffing baked goods. See if you can find the squirrel girl.”
Jessie’s tail stood straight up as she began sniffling around the store. She made one pass around the front of the store before going back into the bakery where Claudia make her cookies and cakes. She stopped at the vanilla boxes and sniffed for a long time. Her ears rose and she began following a path along the floor to a corner cabinet. She looked at the cabinet and whined to get Santa’s attention.
“Good girl, Jessie. Let’s see if we can catch the creature.” Santa opened the door expecting to come face to face with the squirrel. Instead, he found a small hole at the back of the cabinet where the squirrel had chewed through the wood.
“The squirrel must be living behind the cabinets Claudia. I don’t normally trap animals but I think the only way to catch it is with a humane trap. I’ll send down to the village to get one. We’ll put some sprinkles in the cage and in the morning hopefully we will have caught the animal. When we do I’ll ship it back to its home. It doesn’t belong at the North Pole.”
Santa clipped the lead on Jessie’s collar. “I’ll send someone over with the trap when it arrives. Jessie and I will be over when you open tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe. Now Molly can occasionally make them for Jessie at home. ”
Banana Oatmeal Cookie Bars
1 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 cup coconut
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup black beans
1/2 tsp baking soda – Omit if sharing bites of the cookie bars with dogs
1/2 tsp baking powder -Omit if sharing the cookie bars with dogs
1 cup rolled oats
Spread in greased pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the mixture clean. Cool and cut into cookie bars.
Note: Baking soda and Baking Powder are not good for dogs and can be toxic.