A Guest Blog submitted by Rick
We had just put up the Christmas tree and mom took the time to hang the cookies in a distribution pattern that made each angle of the tree look like a calculated bakers delight. What a cool idea! Never saw that before. Maybe it was an old tradition that she never told us about. Anyway, there they hung in all their glory.
What she discovered was a little miracle and a completely unexpected surprise. She told us all to take a look at the tree and we finally saw what she was pointing out. The cookies were all gone up to about four feet from the floor with only the strings left. It was a bit strange seeing those strings in their nakedness. Who could have done this? I don't think we had an invasion of hungry elves hit the neighborhood. Of course mom and dad suspected my brother and me, but we declared our innocence, since the cookies were on the tree when we left the house. Hmm, who could be so cunning?! Then it dawned on us.
Our female German Short-haired Pointer, Lady, had somehow eaten all the cookies on the tree that she could reach by probably getting up on her hind legs. How she managed to eat those cookies, leave every string and not push the tree over or even knock off one ornament or piece of tinsel will always be a mystery. If only we had video cameras back then. We kept imagining what Lady must have looked like, nibbling away at each cookie. How long did it take her to eat all those cookies so delicately? Don’t try this at home! You might find a fallen Christmas tree when you turn on the lights after a joyous holiday jaunt.
You see, my dad had trained Lady very well as a hunting dog and she was very obedient. She must have known that it was forbidden to break anything, but those cookies, those dangling sugar coated snowman and reindeer cookies, with no one at home, were just too much for dad’s prize winning hunting dog. Please don’t tempt your dog with holiday treats. You might be surprised at how smart, tactful and agile your dog can be when it comes to your treasured seasonal goodies!