a Mom’s Choice Award Winner by Jackie Anton
“Christmas at the boarding stable was different from the same holiday at home. It was my third Christmas there, but Santa still found me every year. He brought me a new winter blanket, and he filled the new fuzzy red stocking that hung on my stall door. I was a little worried that he might have put my name on the naughty list, and it would remain empty. Last year one of the stable hands just rolled my door over while he emptied and cleaned my water bucket. In a flash, I used my muzzle to roll open the door and snatch my stocking! It was mostly empty by then, and I pretty much shredded it trying to get at the last of my goodies.
My Christmas stocking was always filled with carrots, dried apple slices, and peppermints. My treats lasted for a couple of weeks, only because Katie miserly doled out only one or two per day. Mom was stalled next to me.
“I noticed that Emma is not as stingy with your ration of treats,” I complained.
Don’t you know, Mom caught me tearing up my stocking!
“Sox! How is Santa going to fill that next year when you trashed it?”
I tried to hide the evidence under the bedding in the back of my stall, but Katie found it.
Great! Then I had to listen to another lecture. You are going to have to be very good the remainder of the year, Sox. It is the only way to get off of the bad boy list so Santa doesn’t pass you by next Christmas.”
Jackie Anton is the author of "Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition" which has been awarded the prestigious Mom's Choice Award Silver Seal of Excellence. Backyard Horse Tales 2 "Frosty and the Night Stalker" is now an e-book on Amazon and Smashwords. Print release is March 2013. Visit Jackie at: http://www.talesbyjackie.com