I know, I know... I can’t believe it either but the evidence is undeniable!
The Two Rivers C.S.I. Unit (see Security Access Photos above) were immediately called to the kennel to investigate. After hours of looking at details and quizzing all of the dogs a few significant clues were discovered:
- There were strange and chaotic sled tracks in the hook up area. These unfamiliar runners tracks were set wider than a normal dog sled and the marks in the snow suggested that the sled was carrying a very heavy load. It was determined that whatever sled made the tracks, came into the yard very hard and very fast - creating somewhat of a crash landing! There were bits of Christmas wrapping paper high up in the spruce trees above the dog yard and the tops of the tallest trees were even clipped.
- Then, from the looks of it, Santa’s reindeer were not able to continue any more miles in harness. We found frozen carrots thrown around the yard in haste and several empty bottles of Algaval muscle liniment tossed about. TRose Veterinary Service said they got a late night frantic phone message from an old man asking about the best way to treat reindeer hoof soreness. So, whether Santa’s team was sore, hungry or just plain old tired, we don’t know! But this morning, it was confirmed that they were in fact nearby because our neighbor said that she chased nine reindeer out of her Peonie field at daybreak! She only noticed them because one had a very bright red nose.
- We found nine of our Howling Dog Alaska sled dog harnesses hung on our harness rack but they were extremely caked with snow and had jingle bells sewn into the top D rings.
- But, the biggest ‘tell-tale’ sign was that Rambler’s nose had a bit of a red glow this morning. He seemed extremely tired, a little bit sore and started the morning dog howl in the melody of ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ but... it seemed to have a different twist.
You know Driver and Daisy and Pepe and Viper,
you know Chemo and Chipper and Dutch and Biscuit,
But do you recall
The most famous sled dog of all
Rambler the Red-Nosed Sled Dog…