I met Santa under the railway bridge the other day. He looked tired and haggard, and he was pulling his beard. I could tell he was really worried about something so I snuggled up real close to give him a hug.
‘What’s the matter Santa?’ I asked and stretched my neck to get a better sniff of the turkey drumstick he held in his hand.
‘Oh Alfie, I don’t know what to do. I left Rudolf and the other reindeers up in Richmond Park like I do every year before Christmas. They like to catch up on the deer gossip and fill their bellies before the Christmas tour starts you see.
But then out of nowhere, this Fenton dog came and spooked them all and now they say they refuse to work in London without extra pay for the risk involved!
‘Why don’t you just increase your delivery charge like the post office does?’ I asked to keep him talking. My nose was really close to the turkey now and I could feel some drool seeping out at the side of my mouth.
‘I can’t do that. And now I can’t afford Rudolf’s silly demands. What am I going to do? All the children will be so disappointed when they wake up on christmas day and their stockings are all empty.’ Santa’s eyes filled up with tears.
‘Do you mean we won’t get any presents just because Rudolf is scared of a spoiled labrador?’ I forgot all about the drumstick and stood up, growling.
‘That’s exactly it my dear Alfie. Not even the really good puppies like yourself will get any presents this year in London.’ Santa looked away to hide his tears.
‘Oh Santa, don’t worry!’ I’d just had an idea and was so excited I started barking and bouncing on the spot.
‘I know what to do! I’m an Entlebucher Mountain Dog and I can pull your sleigh with a little help from my Entle friends! My friend Alfie won’t be too keen on all the pulling that’ll be involved, but he is a clever chap so he can supervise. I’m sure Shadow would love to run off some of her puppy weight now her puppies have moved away form home, and Megan is always up for a good game.
Then I’ll ask my brothers Archie and Ashdon – they are both really big and strong. I’m sure my sisters Annie and Aida will help us out too!’ I howled and barked at the same time and jumped up to lick Santa’s face.
Santa smiled and gave me a hug. ‘That would be lovely, thank you! ‘ he said and gave me what was left of the turkey drumstick.
As you can tell I will have a busy Christmas this year and I’ll probably need a break after all the sleigh pulling. So I’ve decided I will take a week’s holiday, and I’ll be back on my blog on Monday 2nd January when the Monday Mischief bloghop starts again. Until then, have a Really Lovely Christmas and Happy New Year! *waggy tail*