Jessie didn’t get to celebrate her birthday on December 26th because she was sleeping after the long trip around the world. The elves love Jessie and they decided to hold a belated birthday party for the dog. So, Chloe, Jessie’s friend headed up a committee to make the dog’s birthday dreams come true.
Jessie woke in the morning to the smell of sausage and eggs. Molly had set a plate at the table and smiled when the dog trotted into the kitchen. “Happy belated birthday, Jessie. Today is your special day. The elves have a day of fun scheduled for you. So, eat up and get your coat on. Then we’ll go to Claus park.”
Jessie hopped up to the table and in record time cleared the plate of food. She jumped down, wagged her tail and walked over to Molly to have her coat put on. “Look, Jessie. To celebrate your birthday, I sewed you a new coat. Don’t worry it’s black like your last coat. It just doesn’t have all the rips and tears that you put in it.”
Molly put the new coat on Jessie and clipped the dog’s harness on her lead. She then led the dog out the door and headed towards Claus park for the celebration. It was a beautiful day. The snow was starting to small in small wisps. Just ahead the sun shone brightly. Jessie stopped every few feet to sniff all the wonderful smells of the day. Molly sighed but patiently waited for the dog. Soon, they made it to Claus park and came upon Santa and Chloe talking.
“Well, happy birthday, girl. You don’t look a day older.” Santa smiled and stroked the dog’s back. “Chloe has prepared a day of fun for you. I hope you enjoy every bit of it.”
Chloe came forward and took the lead from Molly. She led Jessie to the center of the park chattering away at the dog. “I hope you like sled races, Jessie. Angel is leading our local team. Let’s go watch.”
Jessie happily followed Chloe out to the racing field and sat in the stands. She barked as Angel and her team came into view. The teams got ready at the starting line and soon were zooming around the course in Claus Park. Jessie happily wagged her tail and jumped up and down as the dogs ran past her in circles. When the final lap came, Angel lead her team to a win.
“Look’s like the home town won, Jessie. High five!” Chloe thumped her hand against Jessie’s paw and then led her off the stands. “It’s agility tests, Jessie. Do you want to try?”
Jessie yipped and waited as Chloe entered her into the contest. Jessie shuffled back and forth waiting her turn and then when her turn came she zoomed off before the starter could start his watch. Jessie flew through the tubes and around the pylons but got hopelessly caught in the rope maze. It took her a long time to make her way out before catching several Frisbees that Chloe threw at her. Jessie did not win the contest. In fact, she did not even come in second or third but Jessie loved playing with her friends.
The rest of the day was filled with other fun things like a doggie fashion show, a polar dip and ball games. At the end of the day Chloe led Jessie back to Molly and Santa at a table by the Claus house. Sitting on the table was one of the largest wrapped boxes Jessie had ever seen. “It’s your birthday present, Jessie. We hope you like it.” Molly lifted the lid and waited for the dog to explore the box.
Jessie hopped up to the table and poked her nose in the box sniffing. The box was a dog’s delight. There was a new doggie bed, a big stuffed replica of her friend Bilbo the Orangatang, chewies, a blanket and new heated booties.
Jessie pounded her tail in appreciation and turned around in a circle. Her tongue hung down below her mouth. It had been a good birthday. She’d enjoyed all of the activities in her honor but the best part of all was spending time with her family and friends. Nothing could be better than that.