Dear Santa, we’ve a problem here
(Another one, it’s true)
If she’s in bed and locks the doors
Then how will you get through?
The old house had a fireplace
Complete with chimneypot,
But when she said we’d move in here
That’s something she forgot.
I know that’s how you get inside…
It must take quite some luck;
A two-legs of your size and girth?
You really should get stuck.
Do you go down feet first or head?
Or shrink small as a sprite
When you climb down the chimneypots
Each year on Christmas night?
I always try to wait and see,
But think you’ve got my number
Cause every time I fall asleep
And you come while I slumber.
But this year we’ve no chimneypot
No fireplace nor flame.
I worry, though she tells me that
You’ll still come just the same.
The windows will be closed at night,
The keyhole seems too small
To wriggle through with turkey
And a brand new tennis ball.
She says that there are certain things
That always find a way,
Like love and light and Santa Claus
And joy on Christmas Day.
But just in case you’re in a rush
And she’s tucked up in bed…
And if you really can’t get in…
Just leave things in the shed!
Dear Santa Paws,
This has been a hard year for all of us; animals and humans alike. Mummy says even you probably had a hard year because of avirus and such. I’m still not sure what all that avirus business is, but I know it’s bad, and I know it makes people act in bad and strange ways because they’re scared. It all makes me sad; especially thinking about how many more people and animals will be by themselves over the holidays this year because of it. I hope you and your elves can find ways to make them feel like they’re not so alone, even when they can’t be with the rest of their pack, or flock, or whatever.
Also, Santa Paws, can you please make sure to check carefully what address you need to use for our presents this year, because Mummy and Daddy say we have to move again soon, and at the time I’m writing this I don’t know if it will be before or after you come for your Solstice visit. After all, though I don’t mind if I don’t get so many presents this year, I’d hate to miss any you did plan to give me. And I have been a very good girl, so I think I deserve presents. I’m sure you’ll agree, and that I’ll be on the nice list. Check if you don’t believe me.
Speaking of which: can I please have another ball, a new cuddly toy with a squeaker in it, and some tasty treats – because you can never have too many of any of those things, especially balls. Besides, I haven’t found that perfect ball to replace The Ball since my brother ate it, so the more I have to choose from the better. You should probably bring my little brother, Logan, the same; otherwise he’ll only want mine. I’m not sure if he should be on the nice list or not, but he does try to be good… Even if he’s not yet as good at it as he should be. We all have our weak moments though, and he’s not quite two yet.
Oh, and you should probably bring something for Mollie and Artemis too, though I don’t know what they’d want… I know Mollie likes sticks and things to chew on though.
Lots of licks,
Lilie the Westie
Dear Santa Paws,
I’ve been a very good boy. I hope you agree, though I worry you won’t, because Lilie doesn’t think so. I try so hard, but there are so many rules. Anyway, I’d worry even if she didn’t say that though, because I worry about everything. Like how avirus made people not want to be our friends for a while, and now I don’t know if I should let them be friends or not. The whole world is just so scary and confusing! And now we’re moving again, which makes me even more worried. You will know where to bring our stuff, won’t you, Santa Paws? Mummy and Daddy say you will. I do hope they’re right!
Lilie says if I’m so sure I’ll get presents, I should tell you what I want. Well, since they’re my favourite things, mostly I want some treats and a new cuddly toy, please. But Lilie says she wants a ball, so can I also have one of those? I like it best when we have the same.
Don’t forget to bring something for Mummy, Daddy, Mollie, and Artemis too. I don’t know what they might want, but they’re good at sharing if they have snacks I like – just saying.
Lots of licks,
Logan the Cavapoo
Lilie and Logan are a Westie (West Highland White Terrier) and Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Toy Poodle) who live with their human Mummy, Victoria Zigler – who prefers to be called Tori – and human Daddy, Kelly. They also share their home with a chinchilla named Mollie, and a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis.
To try and ensure their humans stay at optimum health, Lilie and Logan have taken up the exhausting – and only semi-successful – job of ensuring both Tori and Kelly take regular breaks from their computers for playtime and walks. It’s also their responsibility to supervise chinchilla and tortoise playtime, and bark at every new noise – just in case it could be a threat to their pack, or a friend coming to play with them. When they get some time to rest, Lilie and Logan like to take naps near their humans, or stretch out on the big bed the humans still keep insisting is theirs (even though everyone knows anything that comes in to the house belongs to the dogs, unless they don’t want or like it) to enjoy a good treat ball or chewie.
Lilie was featured in several poems published in a collection called “Puppy Poems And Rodent Rhymes” and is the star of the story “Where’s Noodles?” too. Plus, the book “Snowlilie’s Brother” is all about both Lilie and Logan – even if they do appear under the names Snowlilie and Rascal instead. All three of those titles are available in eBook, paperback, and audio, via a variety of online retailers, along with a load of other books Tori has published, which Lilie and Logan don’t care about due to not being in them.
Additionally, Lilie and Logan – with occasional help from other non-human members of their pack – often take over their human Mummy’s blog, where they post their own thoughts and opinions on what’s going on in their lives. During some of these times they run a feature called “PetKid Pals” (which used to be known as “Furkid Friday” before it was changed to be more inclusive to Artemis, who hasn’t got fur) where they interview fellow writers’ pets. They love making new friends, so if you’d like to be a guest on that, you can find out how by visiting the blog at https://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk and clicking on the ‘PetKid Pals’ tab near the top of the page.
About Lilie’s two-legs, Victoria Zigler
Lilie is a very friendly and energetic West Highland White Terrier, who makes friends wherever she goes. She lives with her humans in a town by the ocean. Lilie also shares her home with a degu named Joshua, and a pair of chinchillas named Mollie and Maizie, all of whom refuse to come out of their cages and play with her, much to her disappointment. If she’s not playing with one of her toys, reminding her humans that things at dog level will become claimed by said dog, going walkies, eating, or trying to persuade the squeaky things in cages to play with her, it means she’s finally tired herself out enough to need a nap.
Lilie appears in the book “Where’s noodles?” as well as in many of the poems in “Puppy Poems And Rodent Rhymes” (both of which were published in 2018). She also appears in several posts on her humans’ blog and social media accounts, most notably many of the “Furkid Friday” posts on the blog.
Where to find Lilie and her humans
Author: Victoria Zigler
Narrator for audio version: Judith Bareham
“Noodles is a strange red creature with a squeaker in his tummy, who just happens to be the favourite toy of a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie. At least, he is now, since the bushytailed squirrel and cuddly triceratops fell apart while she was playing with them – totally not her fault, by the way!
Now noodles is missing.
Lilie’s sure she left Noodles on the living room floor when she went walkies. But when she comes home and goes to fetch him so they can have a nap together, Noodles isn’t there.
Where’s Noodles? Is he somewhere else, or is he lost forever?”
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