August the 6th is national Wiggle Your Toes Day and Santa is having a party on the warm summer sands of lake Huron. He’s put together a celebration where the elves must design pictures in the sand by using only their toes. Santa has brought Jessie along to wander the beach and have fun playing in the surf.
Jessie wandered the shoreline for most of the morning dashing after seagulls and rolling in the sand. About noon her stomach began to get rumbly and she returned to Santa’s tent on the beach to get a snack and see the pictures the elfves were making.
Jessie skipped along the dunes spraying sand to her sides. As she rounded the corner to Santa’s tent she unintentionally sprayed sand on Poppy the elf’s display. Poppy wrinkled her nose and called to the dog. “Jessie, look what you’ve done. I’ll have to start again.”
Jessie’s ears flopped down and she began a slow walk over to Poppy. She looked at the ground and stopped just below Poppy’s feet.
Poppy looked down at the dog and her heart melted. “It’s okay, Jessie. Maybe you can help me with my design.” Poppy looked at the trail the dog had left behind her. “Your paws make interesting designs in the sand. Let’s work together.”
Jessie barked and sat up straight waiting for Poppy to tell her where to move. Poppy laughed and told Jessie to walk to the right and to stop by the old piece of drift wood.
Jessie did as she was asked and sat quietly until Poppy told her to move in a different direction. Soon, Poppy and Jessie had laid out a design of a Christmas tree in the sand. Jessie’s paw prints were the ornaments hanging from the tree and Poppy’s toe prints were the branches.
Satisfied Poppy patted the dog and sat down on a beach blanket to wait for the judging of the pictures. She fed Jessie a biscuit just as Santa and Molly came by to judge the sand creation.
“Why, Poppy. This is very well done and I see you’ve had some help!” said Molly with a smile.
Jessie barked and wagged her tail.
“You’re the last to be judged and in this case I guess we’ve saved the best for last. You’ve won the blue ribbon. Here’s one for you Poppy and Jessie I’ll pin yours on your collar.”
Molly waited for the dog to come close and then bent down. She gently attached the blue ribbon to Jessie’s collar and then stroked the fur. “It’s nice to see you stayed out of trouble today.”
Poppy grinned at Jessie and Jessie hid her head in the sand.
“Oh, so you did get in trouble. Well it all worked out in the end. Happy National Wiggle Your Toes Day, Jessie. Now let’s go get lunch.”