The Princess Tails

The Musings of Zena, a Tibetan Terrier sharing her life and wisdom with Raffles, a Standard Poodle

A S-Elfless Christmas



Okay. I admit it. I am worried.


Well. This is my first Christmas in charge so to speak.

My first Christmas without Zac.

Before I never really bothered about Christmas, it came, we opened presents, I ate some turkey and it we slept. Zac was the boss, he was ‘le chef’.

Zac and I would sit in the centre of the present opening circle and watch everyone opening gifts that we considered most boring. We thought it was more fun to play with the paper than with most of the things inside.

For instance I was so excited when I heard The Director say The Producer was having an iPad. That sounded interesting. But no, just another electronic gadget. No fun for me.

Although, come to think about it,Β  she has taken some nice photos of me on it and it has been useful for my blog so I guess iPads are okay really.

Anyway, I digress. Back to Christmas.

Prissy Paws joins us but not really if you understand what I mean. He always sits on Team Leader with his little snub nose in the air, or stares at us with those unnaturally huge eyes of his. He can be quite unnerving. I have heard that everyone has someone like this in the family. Someone who feels they are above everyone else.

Ho! Bloody Ho! - Prissy Paws enjoys Christmas :-)

Ho! Bloody Ho! – Prissy Paws enjoys Christmas πŸ™‚

This year though things are different.

I won’t have my Zac pal which will be sad. My first Christmas without him. The first time I open the presents without him and I am feeling the weight of his loss.

Many of you know I don’t really like responsibility. But it has been thrust upon me with this new puppy – the Behemoth, Raffles. Not only do I miss my Zac, I have to mind the puppy. I have to be an example.

Instead of a nice gentle Christmas of years past we shall be having a β€˜Watch that puppy!’, β€˜Don’t put it down there!’, β€˜Quick! What’s he eating?’ Christmas.

It is going to be tiring. I just know it.

And it has already started – I think.

A couple of days ago I came upon the site of a slaughter in our garden. Yes. In my garden. The place where I stroll, smell the flowers and relax. Is nowhere safe? Obviously not!

My garden as it usually is. Calm, pristine a haven of calmness.

My garden as it usually is. Calm, pristine, a haven of calmness.

Now I have come across the odd feather in the past and even a bit of possum tail, but never anything like this. This was disturbing on the scale of a slasher movie. Think of Scream or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and you can imagine my horror.

Judge for yourselves.

Nightmare On Our Street

Nightmare On Our Street

You see? A slaughter.

My blood ran cold.

Look at the colours – those that you can see anyway. Red, green and white.

Then look at this.

A Happy Little Christmas Elf

A Happy Little Christmas Elf

Red, green and white.

I am so worried that Raffles in his puppyness has murdered an elf.

There. I’ve said it. Brought it out into the open. Admitted the unspeakable.

Kill Baby! Kill!

Kill Baby! Kill!

What will SantaPaws say?

Will he leave me any presents if it isn’t me who has torn up an Elf?

Would he notice if he was missing elf?

Would the other elves tell?

Am I responsible?????

Is this the face of innocence or a cold blooded tearer apart of happy little elves.

Is this the face of innocence or a cold blooded ripper apart of happy little elves.

Mollie has been confessing her sins and really I don’t think I have anything to confess.

Okay, I was sometimes a little mean to Zac and ran around and around him when he couldn’t move so well but he always had his own back by body-checking me and sending me flying! It was our special game.

And I suppose I could play with the puppy more but I am flaked out most nights.

On the whole I think I have been good enough for Santa Paws to call but now I think that Raffles may have blown Christmas for all of us.

Maybe I should do some detective work……… First of all we need to know if Santa is missing an elf.

What do you think?

An Australian Poodle in Victoria

An Australian Poodle in Victoria

Elf or not?

Love from Zena, Detective Dog

Searching for Elves in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Searching for missing elves in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Author: Zena

I am The Princess (aka Zena), niece of Zac the All Black and awesome Tibetan Terrier who took me in when I was just a six week pup and tried to teach me all he knew. When I was six and he was eight, Zac crossed over the rainbow bridge and all of a sudden I was alone. I could no longer be the ditzy, happy-go-lucky pup that I had been. This is a diary of how one Princess managed when the world turned real.

48 thoughts on “A S-Elfless Christmas

  1. Oh Zena, we can’t wait to hear all the antics that WILL happen in your house over Chriztmaz.. Oh, the Elf..Letz hope Santa doesn’t notice, at least it wasn’t a reindeer..BOL..I think you will get loads of prezzies, youz been such a good role model for Raffles the destroyer.. Zac will always be with you πŸ™‚ xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Love that ‘Raffles the Destroyer’ – that sounds so good, it might stick πŸ™‚
      I think The Producer is going to be boring and not put the tree up – simply because the pup likes gardening and chewing tree branches. It might be fun seeing him have just a teensy weensy shock with the fairy lights πŸ˜‰

  2. O, o, o, Zena, you made me laugh till the end πŸ˜€ …that poor elf… and again a Santa Claus elf is missing. At least you do a fine job, Inspector Zena, hope you’ll find the elves… in Switserland, huh? I would say, don’t forget to search in your beautiful garden. *whispers* I’m sure Zac will be with you on Christmas πŸ˜‰

    • I will certainly ‘feel’ Zac at Christmas. He will probably be shaking his head over the puppy they got me. You wait till I show you some of the pictures from puppy class!
      I think most of the evidence was tidied up from the garden before I got there which is good for my delicate sensibilities and good because maybe Santa Paws won’t be too sure where his elf went missing. After all there is a very fierce Ridgeback at the bottom and a Labradoodle and a Staffie on one side. I doubt anyone would blame Minty the Beagle on my left, she is far too good πŸ™‚
      But there are suspects aplenty so perhaps we’ll get away with it πŸ˜€

  3. Life does turn upside down sometimes. By next Christmas you’ll be an old hand at this control thing but it must be so tiring! We pray it wasn’t an elf πŸ˜€

    • πŸ™‚ He is good for me really and I do enjoy our games. He has taught me to be stronger and that is good. I haven’t been able to knock him off balance for the last ten days though, it is like hitting a rock!
      Still, I can take comfort in being such a good Princess that Santa Paws is bound to know I didn’t destroy anything πŸ˜€

  4. O no i can’t believe raffles as eaten an elf!! i fink you need to be extra good so santa still brings presents – maybe the elf was scouting the root so Santa knew where to bring the presents and now that elf didn’t report back your names wont be on his list – i would build a big sign!!

    • PANIC!!!!!
      Here’s me thinking the evidence is buried and now you tell me they might know exactly where the elf went missing. (Thinking) I will put up a big sign on our roof. I’ll do it when The Producer is out and try and sneak it in to the next post. That should help him find me.

  5. Oh my goodness Princess Z……it does look like Raffles critically maimed and/or murdered that elf. That’s definitely in the “minus column” when it comes for Santa Paws visiting HIM – however you aren’t responsible for his crime! Oh no! You’ve been a perfect Princess….you’ve tolerated his intrusion into your world, your yard, your family ever so well. Always the lady (well, mostly anyway). As for missing Zac this year – I know that you do…..the first time is always the toughest. He’ll be there with you in spirit though – helping you keep THE PUPPY out of any more trouble (if that’s possible).

    Pee Ess……your yard is gorgeous – at least it WAS until Raffles sprinkled unauthorized elf guts all over the place!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Thank you for your timely words of reassurance Sammy. You are right, I have been the perfect Princess and I cannot be held responsible for ‘The Puppy’. It’s not like I was even consulted about him!
      Thanks about the comments on our yard too. The Producer renovated the inside of the house and then she and The Director started on the outside and there has just been no peace…… I think I begin to see the plan now but I do hope they stop changing things around soon πŸ™‚

  6. .. at least you have something like snow now in your garden ;o) maybe Raffles is a kind of “Rasputin” after all?

    • Ha! That would have been another way to go Easy. We could have sprinkled a lot of ‘?elf’ guts and other guts all over the garden and pretended it was snow decorations. Where were you when I needed you? I certainly don’t think the poor old elf was Rasputin, he didn’t take long to spill his guts at all!

  7. I’m going through the same thing. Sure, I now have Kaci but I’m gonna miss my biddy Kenzie. Since you’ll go through it a few hours before me, drop by and leave me some hints for coping with it that worked for you.

    • πŸ™‚ Understood. My plan at the moment is to picture him in the corner as I do so often and include him in my mind. Sound crazy? Just can’t quite let him go so I won’t πŸ™‚

  8. Bwaa! haa! Haa! Yous lives with a slayer of stuffies! We has one of those too, but now that she is over a year old, she does not rip as may apart as she used too.
    Me is happy yous has photographic evidence so yous has amunition for Santa man!

  9. We won’t tell anyone about the elf, your secret is safe with us!

  10. I can only imagine the terror you must have felt, Zena! But I don’t think you need to worry about Santa blaming you. My mom says Santa is super smart and he knows practically everything, so I am pretty sure, no, totally sure, that he knows you would never kill even a fly, let alone a nice little elf.

    As for Raffles, well, I have a feeling he is going to be awfully disappointed this Christmas, but hopefully he will learn his lesson. Of course, it is hard to know for sure if that was an elf, but it sure does look suspicious…

    Then again, maybe it was some sort of evil creature disguised as an elf? Maybe Raffles was protecting all of you from terrible danger? In that case, he will be getting Plenty of Christmas presents this year. I guess we will just have to wait and see what Santa already knows.

    • I do like you’re thinking. A disguised elf. Maybe Santa could forgive Raffles even if it was a real elf if the intention was to protect us. After all, it is our garden. A strange, happy little elf wanders in. Raffles as a pup doesn’t know anything about Christmas and elves, immediately leaps into protection mode and voila! Slaughtered elf. This is good. I must speak to the lawyers. I do believe we have our second line of defence if denial fails. Thank you πŸ˜€

  11. Uh oh, Raffles might have booked a permanent place on the naughty list!

  12. Oh precious Princess Zena, of course Santa Paws has plenty of extra Elves, just in case Raffles the Barbarian took out an elf…SP will understand it wasn’t you. And if you can’t knock him off balance now, try studying some American football videos, watch the block and tackle moves of those linebackers, and learn how to throw your body at Raffles legs (he is tall like a mini van and easy to tip over IF you hit him low) where he is weakest, and down he will go…you just have to learn to roll when you do it so you come up standing….got that? Now, get out there and practice…(whispers behind paws…psssst…use Prissy Pants for practice)

  13. I don’t think it could have been an Elf. Surely an Elf has enough magic to evade a mischievous pup? You’ll be busy keeping Raffles under control this year. I don’t think anyone could blame you if you were so tired that you needed a little nap and didn’t notice Raffles picking on Prissy Paws! Ha ha!

    • Clowie, you are a genius! Maybe the elf magicked itself away at the last minute leaving only some of its stuffing and it’s coat. There is a naked happy elf running around somewhere. That is a huge comfort to me. And on the napping and letting Raffles play with Prissy Paws – I’m so going to do that πŸ˜€

  14. Oh wow! Looks to me like the elf got what it deserved. I’ve sneaked a look at some story books, and I don’t think elves are the good guys they make out to be. Between you and me, HE DESERVED TO GO!

    (Why are you looking at me like that, Mum…..?)

    What a beautiful garden you all have to play in.

    Be well. Big WOOFS from Solo πŸ™‚

    • That’s a new angle on things Solo. So maybe Raffles was defending us – that’s fair enough isn’t it? I think we have a great case to take to the Hague if it becomes necessary. And thank you, yes, we enjoy our garden. Raffles loves exploring all the hidden bits and pops his face out of bushes and ferns shocking The Producer half to death! Great fun πŸ˜€
      Thanks for the reassurance Solo, ttys πŸ™‚

  15. haha, I always get a kick out of your stories! Prissy paws!!! lol. He looks like a wicked witch looking through her snowglobe!

  16. Zena, you are just TOO funny!!! πŸ˜€

  17. Zena I’m sure your Zac will be there in spirit but I know you will still miss him. I expect Santa Paws knows about puppies and he probably has lots of extra elves.

  18. Oh Princess Zena, we know it is going to be terribly hard, getting through your first Christmas without Zac. We will be thinking of you all and wishing you much strength during this difficult time.
    On the other hand, you are doing such a marvelous job and your new detective outfit is fabulous.

    • Thank you. Yes it will be hard without Zac, but we are determined to think about him with laughter.
      I am glad you liked my detective outfit – I think I chose well there. My Princess outfit still needs work though. πŸ˜€

  19. The most adorable and innocent-looking ones are usually the guilty ones! πŸ˜‰

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