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A Dog's Christmas by Kayla Savage

White tiny snowflakes came down. I barked in happiness and stuck out my tongue. Everyone was happy, standing in line for ice skating at the neighborhood pond. Personally, I thought it was a little bit strange. Why do people do this thing that’s just like walking, but on ice? I walked a few steps over to my doggy door and went in. It was nice and warm. My person was on the couch putting her feet near the fire. She was drinking hot cocoa. I could see the whipped cream and the chocolatey essence. Now that’s a human food that I actually cared for!

Anyway, I did my puppy face and she let me jump up onto the couch. Then I heard the oven go BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! I was so comfortable when she jumped up and I fell! SERIOUSLY? I walked out of the living room, feeling pain on my back, and my ego bruised.

She brought the chicken out of the oven, my mouth watered just looking at it! Steam came out and it was crispy brown, YUM! Next, she walked upstairs and put on a jacket. Then she looked in the silver picture…but it was kind of weird! You could see another person that looked exactly like her. I looked in and saw a dog that looked exactly like me. I barked and the dog barked at the exact same time. Then, my person picked me up.The lady and the dog, in the silver picture, did the same thing! My person laughed at me and walked downstairs.

After that, I heard someone knock at the door. I started to bark rambunctiously. I couldn’t stop. People were here! Who could it be? My person opened the door, a lady with white hair was there. She had a walker and was quite frail. OH! I get it! It’s Grandma!! How could I not know that? She walked into the room and said in her frail voice, “OH! That chicken smells so GOOD!”. We all sat down at the table-- except me. I was on the floor looking for scraps. Grandma always played with her food. So…just like I predicted…she played with her chicken. It flung into the air and plopped on the ground right infront of me. I ate it. Three words; TO DIE FOR!

After dinner, my person mentioned we didn’t have a Christmas tree! So,we got into the car. It took 30 minutes to get Grandma ready with all her accessories. Grandma’s walker was in the trunk and when we were finally finished prepping we drove to Greenfield Tree Farm. So many Christmas trees! One was small. One was big and snowy and had a wilted branch… We picked the gigantic one. It was super tall and would be a great fit near our huge window in the front of our house. We piled it on top of our car. I was so excited.

Next, we drove home…. and Grandma and my person put the bulbs on the trees. In the boxes of bulbs, I found a rubber dog ornament that said “Puppies first Christmas”. Such fun! Squeak! Squeak! After that I walked over to my little dog bed exhausted and snuggled down for the night. In the morning, it would be Christmas.

When I woke up the next morning, I went to my stocking. Inside was a giant tasty dog bone with a green bow on it. I wagged my tail and barked happily. Eventually, Grandma came downstairs. “Oh, honey bunny, you’re so cute!” I barked. Ummm…excuse me, I’m a boy…. I don’t want to be a HONEY!

Soon, I heard someone at the door. My person opened the door and a bunch of people were outside with books in their hands. They were singing, “We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!” I barked and my person clapped. You could tell they were off key… but you get the point!

I ran outside and looked behind me, and I saw my footprints in the snow. Then I had a great idea! I decided to run all over the yard. I dashed inside and went up to my person and bit her scarf…tugging her to go outside to see my note. It said, “M-A-R-E C-R-I-S-T-M-A-S”. (Merry Christmas) It’s not my fault I didn’t know how to spell. She knelt down and petted me. I was full of joy, and realized this is what Christmas is all about…JOY!

Article by Kayla Savage

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Fake Grammy wrote:
Kayla, you rock! I can see petey doing these things! With your artistic skills you should draw pictures and publish this! Smooches from Pittsburgh!

25/03/2017 @ 11:50 PM

2. Dr. Roger Ball wrote:
Wow. Fun. Creative. Interesting. Enjoyable. Insightful. I like the way you explained the way a dog sees the many things of Christmas. You write really good. You will make a wonderful animal doctor because you care and try to see what animals see. I hope you write more stores.

30/03/2017 @ 6:14 PM

3. Daphne wrote:
You are an amazing young lady and you have a great gift from God, writing stories !
You are talented.
Kayla, do not stop writing. I am convinced you will become a passionate / excellent vet.
Love you dearly ❣️
Daphne from VENICE - ITALY

31/03/2017 @ 8:23 AM

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