Hi humans, rodent types, and anyone else reading this... Merry Christmas!
This is Joshua the degu, taking a break from seeing what Santa Paws brought us to let you know how our atempt at catching him went.
We missed him again!
I don't get it... We had this great plan and everything!
Just in case Santa Paws saw Jasper's post from last week, and was brave - or stupid - enough to try the window we'd claimed we wouldn't be watching, my ratty sisters, Skye and Star, who can easily see the window from where their cage is - and like looking out of the window, anyway - kept a careful watch on the windows, while us boys watched the proper entrance.
Well, most of us did... Jasper and Jenks had heard something about Santa Paws and chimneys, so they watched the fireplace, even though it's covered up, so there's not really any way to get in through it. We all agreed it didn't hurt to keep an eye on it though... Just in case.
We had every entrance to the room where the gifts were to be left covered, and in doing so covered the main entrance to the building, since we can see the stairs that lead to the front door through the open living room door. Yes, it was possible he'd use another window to get in to the building... Unlikely, but possible. But the human caretakers assured us he'd be leaving stuff in the living room - where we live - so we knew he'd eventually have to come in there somehow.
So, we watched and waited, and then we watched and waited some more.
Not a glimpse of red suit or white fur, not a hint of the sound of jingling bells, nor a single sniff of the scent of a sweaty guy who had been spending a lot of time with reindeer, and had recently been eating mince pies and cookies... Nothing!
My ratty sisters are also absolutely certain they didn't see any reindeer - flying or otherwise - while looking out of the window. They insist there were no goats, wild boars, or any of the other animals we've heard of Santa Paws being associated with either. In fact, they say the only animals of any sort they spotted were the birds they see all the time.
Yet, there was a pile of gifts for us this morning. And, yes, they were left right where the humans said they would be.
I just don't get it... How is he doing this?
Even if we couldn't see him for whatever reason, we should have been able to smell him with our sharp noses, or hear him with our sensative ears. But, none of us could.
I tell you, this Santa Paws is one tricky dude!
Do you think his invisibility magic also covers his scent, and covers up all sounds he makes?
Or, perhaps, there's something in that magic powder of his that makes you forget you've seen him? Maybe we really did spot him, but he sprinkled his magic powder and made us forget we had?
Well, whatever the case, he does bring some great nibbles...
Speaking of which, I better go before my brothers eat my share.
Merry Christmas from me, and the rest of the rodent gang. We hope Santa Paws brought you what you wanted most this Christmas.