Who stole the bear head from the cookie jar?

It was a question we asked one Saturday in July when during our weekly cabin turnover we discovered the head of our bear cookie jar, a fixture in this cabin since it was built in 2000, was missing.
The cookie jar had been a gift from our sister-in-law, Sue Cozzens, who gave us a whole collection of fun, Northwood’s tchotchkes and decorations shortly after we purchased Sandy Point Resort some 20 years ago. I think Eddie Bauer had a popular lodge look line at the time and she took full advantage of it. Since she and her family regularly stayed in The Big House, we thought the bear cookie jar should live there.
And live there it did for 12 years.
We’re not sure how long it took us to notice the head was gone, so we can’t pinpoint which renters were responsible. We do know, however, that the cookie jar was in tact during spring-cleaning—so it had only been a matter of weeks.
Alas, none of our guests came clean. There was no note, no apology, and no attempt to replace the head of our cookie jar bear, which we assume was somehow broken. There wasn’t even a ransom note!

ITEMS GET BROKEN EVERY WEEK. Drinking glasses, coffee cups, wine glasses, plates—you name it—if it’s in the cabin used by renters it’s subject to damage/breakage. It’s the nature of the business and we accept this. And nearly every week we find notes from guests informing us of a broken glass or whatever.
But the bear head remains a mystery. And the body of the cookie jar will remain headless forever. We did manage to find a replacement bear cookie jar for The Big House. This one is far kitschier than the first, and he appears to be feeding on fish rather than cookies.
We can only hope future guests don’t use it to store fish guts.
(I wish I could say I was joking).

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