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The taste tester

Molly glanced over her shoulder looking for Santa. Satisfied he was not in the room, shetins reached up and pulled down her tins and opened the lids. From each container she removed a list and placed it on the table. Molly smoothed the creases and glanced down to the floor.

“Jessie, I thought you’d gone out with Santag. Can you keep a secret, girl?” Molly pushed her readers up her nose and then peered over the rims.

Jessie barked and raised her paw for Molly.

Molly smiled. “I’ll take that as a yes. I’ve planned some special additions to the children’s baskets this year. It’s candy but it’s made with healthier ingredients. I’ve been hiding my recipes until I’m sure they’ll please the children. I made a batch of salt water taffy with half the sugar! Do you want to try a piece.

Jessie whined and turned in a circle.

Molly nodded her head and pulled a jar of candy off of the refrigerator and offered a piece to Jessie.

The candy was beige and smelled funky to Jessie. She sniffed the food and looked at Molly. She didn’t want to try the taffy but she didn’t want to disappoint Molly either. Jessie opened her jaws and snapped the candy into her mouth. she took two chews. The candy was bitter and grainy. She spit it out on the floor.

Molly’s face fell. “Don’t like it, girl?” Molly pulled the container up to her face and scrunched her nose. “This smells awful and probably tastes as bad. I wonder what happened with the recipe.” Molly sighed. “Am I crazy for wanting to improve my recipe, Jessie.’

Jessie looked curiously at Molly and then walked over to the table. She licked Molly’s hand before taking a long drink of water from her bowl. Jessie looked at the candy and pushed it with her nose towards the garbage can.

“Well I guess that answers that. I’ll have to start again. I haven’t got much time left before the candy goes into production for the year. Will you be my taste tester again, Jessie?”

Jessie wagged her tail. She loved candy and would eat anything Molly made. Jessie jumped up with her feet on the table and looked like she was smiling.

“Well, that settles it then. I’ll call you when I have a new batch made. Go and have a sleep until I’m done, Jessie” Molly began pulling ingredients from the cupboard.

Jessie thumped down to the floor and went to lay in front of the fireplace. Molly was a good cook and Jessie was sure her second batch would be much better. She licked her lips. When she woke she’d have fresh taffy but for now it was time to sleep. She drifted into dream land thinking about how great her life had become at the North Pole.

Things Jessie loves about Molly Claus.

  • Molly’s cookie tins smell amazing.jessie
  • Molly makes the best shortbread.  She always makes a special batch for Jessie with applesauce in them.
  • Molly is sweet and kind.  she always stops to pet and hug Jessie.
  • Molly makes Jessie warm clothes to keep out the winter chill.
  • Molly has a bright and warm smile.  She lights up the room.
  • Molly loves children and does all sorts of volunteer work to help children from around the world.
  • Molly loves to laugh at Santa.  She gets a twinkle in her eyes just before she teases him.
  • Molly is never late with Jessie’s supper.
  • Molly likes to go for walks with Jessie and Santa.
  • Molly smells like lavender and roses.
  • Molly plays ball with Jessie for hours on end.
  • When Jessie is sad Molly tries to cheer her up.

Jessie goes white water rafting

Jessie squirmed in her doggie flotation device.  Her tail whipped back and forth rapidly

whitewaterrafting
churning water

as she leaned over the edge of the raft and barked at the crests of water as they passed the sides of the boat.

Santa, Molly and Jessie were on holiday and were white water rafting in Alberta.  They had spent the morning leisurely coasting down the river but now the water had become rough and the raft occupants were busily paddling trying to keep the boat afloat.

Jessie was enjoying herself immensely.  She liked the feel of the spray on her nose and the noise of the water as it lapped by.  She would have rushed out of the boat but was securely tied to the middle of the raft with cords to keep her from falling into the churning water.

The morning went quickly until the group turned a bend and the water became rougher than they had seen.  Santa , who was at the back of the boat, pushed his paddle in the water a little too roughly.  He lost his grip and the paddle floated away from him.  Santa leaned a little to far over to grab the oar and fell into the icy water.

Santa’s life jacket kept him above the water and he was able to grab onto a rock. He grasped the stone with all of his strength and waited for someone to rescue him.

Jessie whimpered and began to pull on the cord that attached her to the boat.  She barked furiously and pulled as hard as she could until the cord broke.  The dog jumped into the water and tried to swim to her friend.

But the water was too strong and the dog began to float down the river away from the boat. “Get, Jessie,” called Santa.  “I can wait for the next raft.  Save the dog!”

The crew of the raft dipped their paddles into the water with all their strength and steered the raft towards the dog.  It took them some time to reach the dog who was now cold and barely moving in the water.  The expedition leader reached over the side of the raft an lifted the wet and shivering dog into the boat.

Molly moved closer to the dog.  Tears formed in her eyes.  “Jess, are you okay? You’ve got to be okay.  Help her, please.”  Molly turned to the leader and pleaded for help.

The leader directed the boat to the side of the river where they got out of the raft.  He lifted the dog to the ground and toweled her fur off until she was almost dry.  He lit a fire and placed the dog close enough to the embers to get warm but far enough away to keep from burning herself.

The group then waited.  It wasn’t long until another raft came churning down the river.  It came into shore and Santa was helped out and led over to the fire.  He sat down beside the fire to dry himself off.  The dog slowly rose, licked his face and pushed her body close to his.  Her tail thumped on the ground.

Molly wiped tears from her eyes.  “You’re both all right then?  I don’t know what I’d do without either of you.”  She hugged Santa and Jessie with a big bear hug, picked up a heavy blanket and covered them up.

“We’re fine Molly.  Stupid of me really.  I should have let the paddle go.  If I had I wouldn’t have fallen in and Jessie wouldn’t have jumped in.  We’re lucky the expedition leader’s were able to help us.” Santa turned to the leader.  “Thank-you for saving our lives.  There will be a little something special for you at Christmas.”  He laughed a belly laugh and pulled the blanket closer around him warming his hands by he flame.

Jessie wagged her tail and sighed contentedly.  A returned friend and a warm belly.  What more could a dog ask for?