Downeast Dog News

Pepper's Night Before Christmas

By Jenn Rich | Nov 30, 2018

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, except maybe a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the bookcase with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.


Pepper was nestled all snug in her bed,

While visions of tennis balls danced in her head.

Mamma in her pjs with her mask on her eyes

Attempted to sleep before the sunrise.


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

Pepper sprang from her bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window, she flew like a flash,

Nudged open the curtains and made a loud crash.


The light of the moon shining bright on the snow

Gave view to the image of the scene just below.

When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,

Not twenty five turkeys but a sleigh with some deer.


With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

Faster than greyhounds those flying deer came,

And he whistled and shouted and called them by name!


“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”


As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.

So up to the roof-top those reindeer they flew,

With a sleigh full of dog toys, and St. Nicholas too.


And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The sound of two boots and thirty two hooves.

As I thought in my head and was turning around,

We don’t have a fireplace, how will he come down?


He’d done this before, it was not his first time,

He snuck into our house, now was this not a crime?

Not sure how he did it, he was sly as a fox,

Pepper cared not and had a parade with my socks.


With sparkling eyes and a white beard so long,

His cheeks were so rosy, his nose like a Kong®!

He had a broad face and his belly was round,

And his jingling was heard by all neighboring hounds.


They eagerly waited and stirred in their homes,

Wishing for stuffies and tug toys and bones.

Pepper she bounced like she did when excited,

She could smell all the treats and was over delighted!


A wag of Pep’s tail and a pat on her head,

Soon lead me to know I had nothing to dread.

He got right to his work and had a quick snack,

Then brushed off the crumbs and slung his bag on his back.


No questions were asked as he passed by my stocking,

I knew absolutely why St. Nick kept walking.

He gave me a wink as he put on his glove,

I had the best gift, I had my dog’s love.


He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"