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I believe in Santa Claus and you will too!

Merry Christmas cat in a Santa hat

Merry Christmas cat in a Santa hat

Last night I read one of the most wonderful Christmas stories of all times. It’s so wonderful I thought I’d share it with you and I’m sure you’ll want to share it too. I read this story on the San Diego KPBS website .

Take a minute to read this story about a cat named Merry Christmas (no, I’m not making this up) and just in case you were doubting, you’ll truly believe there is a Santa Claus.

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San Diego, CA, December 22, 2011

A Merry Christmas came a couple of days early for a 7-year-old Oceanside girl who received exactly what she wanted today — the return of her missing cat.

The 4-year-old tabby that belongs to the Hess family is appropriately named “Merry Christmas,” Kelli Herwehe of the Humane Society said.

“He went missing the day after Halloween, and the family had just about given up,” Herwehe said. “(The girl) went to see Santa Claus last week and the only thing she asked for is for the cat to come home.”

As it turned out, a good Samaritan found Merry Christmas and took him to the Humane Society on Sunday. Herwehe said the feline was identified through a microchip and returned to the Hess clan.

Animal services officials encourage pet owners to get microchips in case their animals disappear. Several pets have been reunited with their owners this year after going missing for long periods of time, thanks to the tiny computer chips.

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How amazing is that? And I thought watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” was the perfect thing to put me in the Christmas spirit.

Now, what the news story failed to say is, the girl decided to take her cat Merry Christmas to say thank you to Santa Claus and this is what happened:

Typical cat, quite ungrateful by nature.

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Dear Santa, do you have a boat handy?

I’m sure that by now you’ve heard about the snow storms pounding the North East as well as Europe this past week. Maybe you’ve heard less about the heavy rains drenching Southern California, so here’s a quick weather update for you.

After six days of continuous light, moderate and heavy rain (yes, that means the rain did NOT stop falling for even one minute for six days) in the San Diego area, we finally got a lucky break today. I even saw a ray of sunlight piercing through the clouds for about… 15 seconds! And now the rain is back… How bad can this be, I hear you asking? Bad enough to cause plenty of flooding and several landslides in the area.

We’re lucky enough to live right on the edge of the San Diego River. I say “lucky” because it provides us with lush greenery otherwise rare in the county (don’t let anyone fool you, most of San Diego is a reclaimed desert!). All of that rainwater has to run down to… you guessed it, the river, causing the water level to rise quickly in the past few days. How high? Take a look for yourself with these pictures – high enough to almost reach the park walkway right behind our yard:

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

 

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

That’s some muddy water, huh? And plenty of trees underwater… Usually, the water goes as high as the yellow line I’ve drawn on the photo below…

San Diego river flooding - normal water levels - December 2010

San Diego river flooding - normal water levels - December 2010

Santa on a boatSo, yes, seeing the water rise so high and so fast always makes us nervous. I’m even starting to envision that Santa may need a boat to deliver presents at our house this year, not a sleigh… Oh, let’s not forget waterproof boots and a raincoat – those could be handy too.

If the weatherman has it his way (and he’s usually wrong 75% of the time!) we’ll get a couple of dry days around Christmas and the rain will be back on Sunday. So, Santa, if you read this, could you please give us an extra day to dry up and postpone the next storm for a few days? I promise you the weatherman won’t be upset with you if his scientific prediction is off by a day or two!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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