LOS ANGELES - A grinch has stolen a little bit more of John Schneider's Christmas than the law will allow: a couple of puppies.
Car thieves swiped Schneider's sport utility vehicle at a suburban Los Angeles mall last week, including the pups that were early Christmas gifts for his children.
The SUV has since been found - but no dogs.
Schneider himself searched the neighborhood for the Yorkie and Yorkie-Poodle mix. He says he's certain whoever took the SUV is caring for the dogs, or even re-gifting them.
But the man who played a different kind of true modern-day Robin Hood - Bo Duke - believes the story, first reported by TMZ, will end with the equivalent of a freeze-frame smile.
"I think we're going to get my dogs back," he said.