Well, here we go! I am determined not to be made to look ridicklus again this year…and my friends are rallying round in support. Antlers are for reindeer, not dogs!
I asked you to send me your Letters to Santa so I don’t get dressed up as a walrus or anything… and loads of friends have stepped up to the mark! Mind you…I still need some more to be saved from whatever horror she has up her sleeve this year… so do keep on sending your letters to the Big Red Guy, your festive stories, memories, poems and pictures!
The first friend to get in touch was Lilie, who’s two-legs is author Victoria Zigler. This is what Lilie had to say…
This is Lilie the Westie. I saw your post about letters and things for Santa Paws, so I wondered if you’d post my letter for me? This is my first time writing to Santa Paws, because I’m only seven and a half months old, so I hope I did OK.
Lots of licks,
So, of course, I will post it! Anything to encourage such a cute and polite pup! So this is Lilie… and this is Lilie’s letter… (and the thing with the computer cable wasn’t her fault either… they dangle and tempt…)
Dear Santa Paws,
The humans and the squeaky things in cages say you’re coming for a visit, and that you plan to bring toys and treats. I love visitors, especially if they bring stuff like toys and treats with them, so I hope you’re coming real soon.
I’m not sure how this works, because this is my first time writing to you, but I’m told I should tell you how good I’ve been and what I want you to bring when you visit. Apparently if I haven’t been good you won’t bring me toys and treats. That’s OK, because I really have been good. OK, mostly. Well, I’ve tried to be good, and since I’m only a puppy that counts, right? I mean, it wasn’t my fault about the audio book. The thing with the slippers wasn’t my fault either. Besides, I already went to puppy jail for those things, so it wouldn’t be fair if I had to go without toys and treats when I was punished already.
Anyway, you can bring me any toys and treats you want. I’m especially fond of chicken though, and my favourite toys are balls and the kinds of toys that go squeak when you grab them in the right place… Just so you know. Oh, and I really do need new toys, since I’m getting low on them because of how they keep falling apart when I’m playing with them – also not my fault!
I hope you’re coming to visit soon. I can do stairs now, so I’ll come greet you at the door when you arrive. If you remember the toys and treats, I’ll even do my happy wiggle dance for you.
Lots of licks,
About the author
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.
You can find Lilie and her two-legs, children’s author Victoria Zigler here:
Victoria’s books are available at most leading outlets, in print, ebook and audiobook.
Antlers are for Reindeer!
If you would like to help save Ani from a fate (she says) worse than death, send your Letters to Santa, festive memories, short stories, flash fiction or poems to the Small Dog. She will post them every day through December until Christmas.
She would especially like to hear from her four-legged or feathered friends (she has a special place very close to her heart for turkeys)… but she says that two-legs are better than none, so she will accept submissions from humans too.
To get in touch, please use the form on the contact page or email Ani at firstname.lastname@example.org