A Guest Blog submitted by Rick
It was the late 1950’s and my brother and I were off from school on Christmas vacation. My mom had come home from work, cooked one of her wonderful dinners, and then spent the evening baking sugar cookies. You know the kind. Figures of snowmen, reindeer and such. She put a little hole in the top of each one. She sprinkled them with red and green colored sugar and painstakingly secured a string through the hole in each cookie after they had cooled down from their heated adventure in the oven.
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.
A few days later my brother and me, with mom and dad, hopped in the car, or should I say, made our way through the deep snow to the car, to visit the relatives. We came home, all tired out, and started to get ready for bed. Suddenly, just as my brother and I were about to go upstairs to our bedroom, my mom lets out a shriek!
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!
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can do all these things, ...............
Then you are probably the family dog!
Have you heard about the new dog cross-breeds?
They crossed a Bloodhound and a Labrador.
The new breed is a Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly.
They crossed a Collie and a Lhasa Apso.
The new breed is a Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport.
They crossed a Spitz and a Chow-Chow.
The new breed is a Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot.
They crossed a Pekingese and a Lhasa Apso.
The new breed is a Peekasso, an abstract dog.
They crossed a Irish Water Spaniel and a English Springer Spaniel.
The new breed is an Irish Spring-er, a dog that's fresh and clean.
They crossed a Newfoundland and a Basset Hound.
The new breed is a Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors.
They crossed a Malamute and a Pointer.
The new breed is a Moot Point owned by. . ..oh well, it doesn't really matter.
They crossed a Collie and a Malamute.
The new breed is a Commute, a dog that travels to work.
They crossed a Kerry Blue Terrier with a Skye Terrier.
The new breed is the Blue Skye, a dog for visionaries.
They crossed a Labrador Retriever and a Curly Coated Retriever.
The new breed is a Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of laboratory researchers.
I actually received this as one of those have a happy day type emails. But it's so cute I thought I'd post here for more to see. Apparently the puppy got into the baking when the owner turned away for a moment. But instead of chasing the puppy away they simply reached for the camera. That's how memories are made, but not how cupcakes are made!