Inside Buddy Foster's World
Today I am posting my second in a series of Christmas stories for especially good children. This Christmas story is written for Zachary and Jayda.
Santa Claws’ Great Escape
Every cat knows that Santa Claws chooses eight cats every year to be his reincats. When Christmas is over that year’s reincats are retired and the excitement begins as a new clutter of cats tries out for the following Christmas.
And what a time it is.
Cats come from all over. Big cats and little cats; thin cats and plump cats; grey cats, calico cats, ginger cats, black cats, all cats. Even cats with tips of ears missing and cats with kittens.
Some kittens run away from home to compete and have to be brought back by their mommies.
Some come with their brothers.
Some cats pose with their biggest smile.
All try their hardest to be the kind of cat Santa wants to pull his cardboard box.
First there is the running competition. You have to run very fast to carry Santa to all the houses on time Christmas Eve. Then there is the strength competition. Cats need to be very strong to pull such a heavy box. You have to be a good cat and a friendly cat and a helpful cat and a cooperative cat and many other things.
Now there was one cat named Zippy who wanted so badly to be a reincat. He thought of nothing else …….except hockey. He thought of hockey and he played hockey every spare minute.
When the day of the speed competition arrived, Zippy was practicing his skating and did not hear the announcement. He missed the fast cat tryouts.
When it was time for the strength competition, Zippy was concentrating on stick handling. He was not listening when Santa shouted, “The contest to find the strongest cats is starting now.”
Zippy missed all the competitions. He was very sad and his mommy cat said, “Zippy, you simply must learn to listen.”
Zippy was terribly disappointed but he thought that if he tried real hard to listen he might make next year’s list.
The eight reincats were chosen and they practiced every day. Zippy watched them and tried not to cry. There was always another year.
One day Zippy was skating on the pond near his home, practicing his listening, when he heard a terrible sound. “Meoooooow!'” he looked up and saw Santa Claws flying through the air, his sleigh box following him. Eight reincats landed on the ice but there was no sign of Santa. The reincats were all crying, “Meow! Meow! We weren’t careful and we pulled Santa Claws over a cliff. Now he is gone!”
Suddenly somecat saw something in a part of the pond that wasn’t frozen. It was Santa Claws in the water!
While the reincats cried and just stood there, Zippy went into action. He crawled slowly on the ice, testing its thickness all the way. When he was close to Santa, he pushed his hockey stick forward, Santa grabbed it, and Zippy slowly pulled him to safety.
Santa Claws was cold and wet. Mrs. Claws took him home and dried him off and set him before a fire to warm up. When he had recovered, Santa sent for Zippy.
“Zippy,” he said. “I have eight reincats chosen for strength and speed and cooperation. But I didn’t realize I need a reincat who can think quickly and save the day. I want you to be my ninth reincat. What do you think?”
Zippy wasn’t thinking anything because he was so shocked he had fallen to the floor.
When he had recovered he said, “Santa. I’m your cat. I’m Zippy, the Rescue Cat.”
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