It's funny, but two of our Elves On a Shelf families had dog problems in their families, and you gotta love when the Elf On a Shelf comes to the rescue.

First, while Marco's family was out at a Christmas party, their dog decided that candy would be dandy, and indulged in a little, all right lot of candy! Marco must spend the "off season" with Hermie the Dentist, because he knows after lots of candy, a good tooth brushing is in order!

Photo Carrie Krason Mansolilli

Mmmmm peanut butter flavored toothpaste too! I might have to try it. I'm assuming it's creamy and not chunky!

Photo Carrie Krason Mansolilli

Meanwhile, Marty the Elf, well his family had to deal with the dog eating parts of the gingerbread house. Now we know that elves are really good at making things, right? After all, they make all of the toys that Santa delivers! So Marty went to work, taping the roof onto the gingerbread house!

Photo Angie Chamberlain

He even added the lights, being such a helpful Elf On a Shelf!

Photo Angie Chamberlain

So what's the lesson from today's Elf On a Shelf, besides, lock your dogs in the bedroom when you leave? It has to be go with the flow! Improvise and remember you'll never know where you will get inspiration! Speaking of inspiration, if you need ideas for your Elf On a Shelf, click HERE, as we have 3 years of pictures for you to look at and give you some inspiration for your Elf On a Shelf!

And just so you don't get the bad impression about dogs, click on the button to watch the video, On the 9th Day God Made the Dog!