Holiday Writing Contest: The Isle of Misfit Mutts


So, so pleased to be participating in a writing contest conceived by the very talented Susanna Leonard Hill:

The 2nd Annual Holiday Contest!!

As outlined on Susanna’s website, http://www.susannahill.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-2nd-annual-holiday-contest.html, the brief seems simple: Write a children’s holiday story beginning with any version of “Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh.” You may use that actual opening, or you may change it to any similar version “[Verb of your choice]ing through the [any substance you choose] in a [conveyance of any kind].” For example, “Dashing through the sand in a two-wheeled donkey cart” or “Sloshing through the swamp in a green and white canoe” or “Flying through the air in a striped hot air balloon…” You get the idea, I’m sure 🙂

The catch (besides amazing entries from so many talented writers) is that it must be 350 words or less. Without further ado, may I present my 349-word entry:

The Isle of Misfit Mutts

GirlsOnHolidayStairs,Dec12

Sailing o’er the seas
In a vintage sailing craft;
“Such a super holiday,”
Ole Jolly Santa laughed.

On a shiny spit of sand
Across the sparkling bay;
Romped misfit mutts without any homes
For either night or day.

Oh, Santa Claus, Santa Claus
He so loves island style;
He sails seas, and
Flies through skies,
Bringing everybody smiles.

Oh Santa Claus, Santa Claus
He so loves island style;
Please don’t forget,
These furry pets
Need homes off their mutt isle.

Nose and cheeks so bright,
Wide-as-clear-sky smile;
He sailed all day, feelin’ oh so gay,
Relaxing island style.

A Golden that’s Silver,
A Newfie, Salty Dawg;
Old, one-eyed Jack who led the pack,
Spike’s lookout on a log.

Oh…

Pups saw that boat did lurch,
They heard a giant crack;
With a roar like a boar, there lay in the bay,
Ole Santa on his back.

Poor Santa flailed and gasped,
Beneath the seas of blue;
Under in a flash without a splash
He couldn’t swim, who knew?

Oh…

Spike barked to raise alarm,
With spyglass, old Jack peered;
As Santa did sink into the drink
He was drowning, so they feared.

The hounds did gather round,
As one they crossed the beach;
Dog-paddled paw by paw,
So that Santa they could reach.

Oh…

But up ahead they spied,
A glistening fin of gray;
They barked at the shark, who jumped like a spark
And swiftly swam away.

With Silver holding feet,
Salty Dawg with mouth round beard;
Eight tiny paws grasping Santa Claus
As heavy as they feared.

Oh…

They dragged him from the surf
Up onto softest sand;
Santa coughed and heaved, feeling so relieved
To finally stand on land.

Looking round him Santa smiled,
As he met each Pup in turn;
“Please, be assured I’ll keep my word,
For you I will return.”

Oh, Santa Claus, Santa Claus
He so loves island style;
He sails seas, and
Flies through skies,
Bringing everybody smiles.

Oh Santa Claus, Santa Claus
He so loves island style;
He won’t forget,
These furry pets
Need homes off their mutt isle.

12 responses to “Holiday Writing Contest: The Isle of Misfit Mutts

  1. Aw! I LOVE the idea of Santa finding homes for animals who need them! What a wonderful, heartwarming story. And isn’t it just like a homeless dog to help someone in need?! I’m so glad you were able to enter, Patricia, and I really like your new blog – great name!

  2. Canine friends save the day, Yaaay! I enjoyed reading your story. This contest is going to be hard!

  3. Great idea to focus on finding home for animals! Great entry. I enjoyed it a lot!

  4. Not sure my first entry took as it’s not showing. Great idea to focus on finding homes for animals. Enjoyed your rhyming!

  5. I enjoyed your story – very original!

  6. Mutts to the rescue, now who will rescue them? Lovely story!!!]

  7. Hurray for man’s (and woman’s) best friend…the loyal dog! What a unique take on the holiday story, Patricia…I love it!

  8. What a sweet, sweet idea, and one I am sure Santa himself would be proud of! Hurray for forever homes for needy dogs!

  9. I’m so glad they saved Santa, and now Santa will save them! (And I’m so glad you included a NEWF!)

  10. Really cute and original! It brought me smiles 🙂

  11. Very fun! But I worry Santa will forget! One more stanza please to prove me wrong! 🙂

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