Has been paid! Nutty has been returned to his rightful owner after several ransom requests...........
About this time, I could see PB was starting to loose interest in my little game, so I posted one final note:
So, after the ransom was paid, Nutty was returned to his rightful place. Guarding the hearth of the home. Standing tall against any intruders.
PB said he knew it was me all along. He just couldn't figure out where I hid Nutty. Poop. I thought I was so clever. Oh, well. There is always next time.