Edward and his puppy, Liston,
played together every day. Edward loved Liston and took good care of
him. He brushed Liston's hair and filled his dog bowl with food and
clean water and took Liston for walks in the park.
One afternoon Edward's mum
reminded him he had to go to the dentist. Edward didn't want to go,
but his mum made him. "Your big brother, Jon, will take you. I've
got to go to the shops." His mum called for Jon, who came down the
stairs with his car keys.
"Come on, Edward. Let's go,"
Edward stroked Liston's neck.
"I'll be back in a little while, Liston. You stay in the back garden
and sleep under the tree." Edward and his brother left.
Liston stared out through the
slats in the fence, watching the car drive away. He whined because
he didn't want to be left all by himself. The dog ran around the
garden, looking for a way out so he could run after Edward. A piece
of wood had come loose and Liston squeezed himself under it and out
into the front garden. He chased the car, but it went too fast and
soon Liston found himself lost in unfamiliar territory.
After Edward came home, he ran
right into the back garden to play with Liston. "Liston. Liston!
Where are you?" He couldn't see the dog anywhere. Edward went back
inside and asked his brother, Jon, to help him look. Neither of them
could see Liston.
Edward walked up and down the
street calling the dog's name. Just as he was about to go home, he
heard Liston's bark. "Liston! Liston! I'm here." The dog came
running towards Edward and jumped into his arms. He licked Edward's
face and arms. "Good boy, Liston. I'm glad you decided to come
back." Edward took Liston the park and they ran around. When they
were tired they sat on a mound of grass and watched the birds.
From then on Edward made
sure that when everyone left the house, they let Liston stay inside,
so he couldn't run away ever again.