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Jessie makes a friend

Jessie stomped down on the crunchy leaves and wagged her tail as she followed the path Jessie Makes a Friendbehind Santa.  They were visiting Molly’s sister in Southern Ontario where the leaves were now red, orange and yellow.  Jessie poked her nose at a particularly big one sending it scattering across the sidewalk.  She hurried after it, caught it in her mouth and pushed Santa’s leg to get his attention.

“It’s nice to see you enjoying yourself, Jessie.  Aren’t the trees beautiful?”

Jessie wagged her tail and then sniffed the air.  She looked around and up high into the oak tree.  Then as fast as she could she zipped to the tree and jumped up on the bark A deep roar came from her throat as she jumped around the tree trunk.

“Jessie, what is it?”  Santa hurried over and looked into the canopy of leaves. “Well, my goodness, it’s a squirrel.  Come here, little one.”

The  squirrel rose its tail and chattered.  It dropped the acorn from its tiny paws onto the ground.  Cautiously, the animal came forward and jumped onto Santa’s  shoulder.  It chattered in Santa’s ear.

Jessie jumped down and sat on her haunches.  She growled as the Santa talked to the squirrel.

“My, my.  I see. I’m glad to meet you Herbie.  I’m Santa Claus and this is Jessie.  She’s really a good dog.  Let’s see if we can make a new friend.”  Santa held out his hand for the squirrel to jump on it and then held it down towards Jessie.

“Jessie, you’ve all kinds of friends at home.  Can’t you make a friend of Herbie for me?”

Jessie lowered her ears and looked curiously at the squirrel. She wasn’t too sure about making friends.  She used to love chasing squirrels but if Santa wanted her to make a friend of Herbie she would.  She’d do anything for Santa.

Santa was now holding the squirrel in front of Jessie’s nose.  She sniffed its fur and then licked it on its back.

Herbie jumped off Santa’s hand and onto Jessie’s back.  He walked up to Jessie’s head and sat at the base of her ears.

Jessie sighed.  Santa said she would be friends but she didn’t have to like it.  She lowered her head so the squirrel could scramble off her head to the ground.

“Good girl, Jessie.  Let’s continue our walk and leave Herbie so that he can collect his dinner.

Good-bye, Herbie.  We walk this path often when were here.  We’ll see you again.”  Santa placed Herbie on the floor and watched as the squirrel scampered over Jessie’s paws and back up the tree.

Santa whistled at Jessie and she ran to follow Santa down the gold, and crimson path knowing they’d made a new friend.

 

 

 

 

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Jessie’s Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

Jessie sniffed the corn stubble.  There were so many wonderful scents on the pumpkin farm that she hadn’t been watching Santa.  So, when she turned to greet her friend she was startled.  Santa’s face was no longer rosy and plump.  Instead, it was smeared with black and white makeup.  His face looked like a skull and Jessie didn’t like that. Jessie's Trip to the pumpkin farm

Jessie whimpered and put her legs between her legs.  She edged her way away from the corn maze and moved behind a sculpture of two horses with a cart that was made of twigs.  Jessie flopped down on the ground and placed her head on the nearest pumpkin.  She looked mournfully into Santa’s face and sighed.

Santa laughed.  “What’s wrong, Jessie? Don’t like my new look?”  He reached up and rubbed his chin.  When he reached into his pocket dirty black makeup smudged his jeans.  Santa tried to wipe the smudge  clean but couldn’t.  He pulled out his tee shirt to cover the offensive mark and looked down at the dog.

“It’s okay, Jessie.  It’s all in good fun.  The haunted pumpkin farm is a fundraiser for homeless families.  I’ll take off the mask soon.  I promise!  Anyone, for caramel corn?”

Jessie’s ears perked up and she raised her head off the pumpkin.   She timidly wagged her tail and then hurried to catch up with Santa as he walked to the food table down by a stage.  Jessie approached the table but stopped and tilted her head as she noticed the man on stage.   He was dressed as a zombie and his hair was flopping up and down. It fell off his head.

Jessie sat mesmerized for several minutes until Santa held out a handful of corn for the dog.  Jessie licked Santa’s hand and woofed down the sweet treat.  She turned to look at the stage again but the zombie was gone and two young girls were holding up pumpkins they had carved.

At that moment, from somewhere behind a pile of pumpkins a loud “Kaboom” filled the air.  The sound lasted for over a minute.  It was so high pitched that it hurt Jessie’s sensitive ears.  She dropped to the ground and put her paws against her ears.  She began to cry loudly.  As suddenly as it started the sound stopped but not soon enough for Jessie.  Her ears rang and she no longer liked the pumpkin patch.  She wanted to go home.

Santa reached down and massaged the dog’s ears.  “Some prankster set off a bunch of firecrackers behind the hay bales on the other side of the barn.  They’ve been stopped.  They could have set us all on fire!  I’m sorry about your ears, Jessie.  Let’s go find the sleigh and head back to Ms Claus.”

Santa picked up the dog and began to wind his way through the crowd of oddly dressed people.  As Jessie watched her surroundings from the warmth of Santa’s arms, she wished the party didn’t have to be so scary. Jessie liked parties.  After all, parties had food, and warm hugs, and food, and music, and most of all food.  But, somehow a party where everyone tried to scare everyone else seemed strange to her. At least the scary parties would be over soon and the fun parties of Christmas and New Year’s Eve would be along soon. Jessie wagged her tail.  Soon, she’d have shortbread, dances with Molly, gift giving with Santa and Christmas Eve Day roast beef.  She’d be home soon and she couldn’t wait for the holidays.

Jessie’s Favorite Fall & Christmas Activities

  • Zooming through the crunchy piles of leaves and scattering the piles.

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    Jessie with  the first snow of the season.
  • Thanksgiving.  Jessie loves turkey and pumpkin pie!
  • Hay rides with Santa.  Santa tells the children elves stories as they wind their way through the fields.
  • The first crunchy snow of fall.  Jessie likes to hear her footprints in the snow and throws the snow up in the air so that she can catch it.
  • Shopping with Mrs. Claus for a Christmas present for Santa.  There is always gossiping, fun and treats on their trip to the store and Jessie gets to see her friends.
  • Christmas Caroling with her friends. Jessie loves to howl in unison with her friends.
  • Chasing the children around the hockey rink.  Jessie can never catch the ball but she has fun playing anyway.
  • Helping Santa put up the colored lights on the Christmas tree.  Last year it took Santa 3 hours to untangle the lights from last year and he ended up getting new lights from his manufacturing facility.
  • Basking in front of a warm fire on a cold, blustery day.
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