A few weeks ago Red Toes explained to me when I eat a treat from my advent calendar we are counting down the days to something called Christmas. She said when Christmas Eve comes Santa comes down the chimney while we are asleep and leaves a gift for all the good dogs and humans on the planet.

This is why I have been on my best behaviour. I have been sitting, rolling and waving my paws on command. I didn’t know that it was going to be this good…Wow wee what a whirlwind of a week.

It all started on Christmas Eve. Grandma and Grandpa arrived with lots and lots of bags. I didn’t know what was going on. ‘Are you staying in my house?’ I asked Grandma. I started to jump and jump with excitement. I ran round and round the living room. ‘Oh how exciting’ I wagged.

Red Toes was working in the kitchen with Grandma and then the strangest thing happened. Grandpa took me for a long walk down the big hill, over the field and all the way back into town. Grandpa never takes me for a walk. ‘This must be part of Christmas’ I thought.

We had some friends round for drinks, I sniffed and wagged at them all. ‘Happy Christmas to you’ I woofed. Then I realised that Santa Claus had not yet been and left us presents under the tree. I sat on my mat thinking. I have been good but has Red Toes been good enough for Santa Claus to visit us?

We all went to bed very late that night, I was so exhausted I couldn’t even jump at the door handle. The next morning it was crazy; Santa Claus had come and there were presents everywhere.

‘Can I open my presents yet Red Toes?’ I jumped up at her.

‘Not  yet Benji we have to wait for the others to arrive’ she said.

Just one present would be nice to open. There is one right up there smells so delicious, it must be for me. If I jump can I get it? Oh, no amount of jumping is going to get me that present. I put my paws on my head and stared at the presents.

In order to distract me Grandpa took me for a long walk over the fields. Grandpa never takes me for a walk. ‘This must be part of Christmas’ I thought.

Once our visitors arrived I ran round ‘Hurry up all, hurry up’ I wagged. ‘There are presents for me I am sure of it.’ Grandpa put all the presents in big piles.

I ran over to a pile, it had got to be mine, it smelt amazing. Red Toes let me sniff every present and then I took all the gifts back to my mat for investigation.

What a lucky boy I am. ‘I told you I had been good’ I wagged at Red Toes. I got a stocking with a penguin, a crocodile, more balls and lots of treats. ‘What do you think of my new jacket? Don’t I look really smart.


Grandma and Grandpa stayed over at my house again and we all had breakfast before Grandpa took me for another long walk over the fields. ‘This definitely must be part of Christmas’ I thought.

Perhaps Grandpa is Christmas? After all who came with all the bags and took me for big walks- Umm?