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Jessie celebrates Wiggle Your Toes Day

August the 6th is national Wiggle Your Toes Day and Santa is having a party on the warmpawprints 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.”

Jessie goes white water rafting

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

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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?

Jessie’s Christmas in July

Since the elves are too busy to celebrate Christmas Day Santa and Molly host a Christmas party in July.   Jessie loves the party.  Below are a list of her favorite things about the celebration.

  • Decorated plastic palm trees.  They are lit up around Claus square.sun
  • Sun shaped sugar cookies with yellow and orange sprinkles.
  • Peach cider by the ocean.
  • Secret Santa gifts for all of the young elves.  Jessie likes to watch the smiles and laughter as the gifts are opened.
  • A bonfire on the tundra.  The elves roast marshmallows and make Smores.
  • The skidoo parade down Main Street.  The skidoos are all decorated and the elves wear costumes as they show their machines.
  • Sunny cards.  Similar to Christmas cards they send the receiver good wishes.  It is traditional to have a sun on the front of the card with other designs added.
  • Agility races for the dog sled teams.  Jessie likes to run with Angel’s team.  She’s never won a prize yet but she keeps trying.
  • A new doggie bed.  Molly replaces Jessie’s bed every year on the holiday.
  • Hamburgers on the barbecue.  Santa cooks them just right.
  • The Christmas music contest.  Jessie especially likes to listen to the choirs.

More little known facts about elves

  • Elves get colds easily.  There isn’t a day throughout the year that Molly Claus doesn’t make chicken soup for someone who is sick.

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    An Elf
  • Elves like cotton candy. They like it so much they have invented a machine that produces enough cotton candy to feed all of the elves at the North Pole in 1 hour.
  • The elves love Jessie.  They fight over who gets to help Molly give her a bath.
  • The elves never call Santa by his first name.  They either call him Santa or sir.  There is a superstitious that if they call him by his first name then the sleigh will break down on Christmas Eve.
  • Elves work hard but like to have fun too.  They are always pulling pranks on Santa.  For example, Santa’s chief engineer is always hiding Santa’s glasses on him.
  • It is common for elves to have different colored eyes.  Sometimes this gives their faces a rather peculiar look.
  • Elves hate candy canes.  They produce them because the children love them but in general they are not fond of mint.
  • Elves love to ice fish but they often throw back their catch.  Molly’s cooking staff prepares such delicious dinners that the elves have no reason to eat the fish they catch.