Malcolm watched out the
living room window. A big moving van was at the house next door. Auld Mr.
MacTavish had moved out and a new family was moving in. Malcolm noticed a
doghouse. It wasn’t the same as Paddy’s. It was made of wood. What would
it be like to have a new dog in the village? He sat all day watching the
movers carry furniture out of the truck and into the house. By late
afternoon they were finished and the truck drove away.
Malcolm noticed an elderly
man and woman standing on the veranda of the house. Next to them was a
small white dog. It looked a lot like Malcolm, aside from the color.
Malcolm wondered if there were white Scotty dogs. Feeling rather curious,
he ran out through his doggie door into the back garden. He ran to the
hedges dividing the properties and peeked through. It was a girl Scotty
dog. Just then the man and woman spotted Malcolm. "Oh look, Duncan. It’s
another Scotty dog," Janet Tait said. "Come over here and meet your new
friend," she called to the white dog. "Come on Honey." Honey ran over and
put her nose through the fence. Malcolm put his through too. "Oh how
precious. They’ve made friends," she said. "Why don’t you come over here
and play?" she asked Malcolm.
Just then Angus MacScot
came outside and saw his new neighbors. He introduced himself and Malcolm.
The Taits introduced themselves and Honey. As they talked, Malcolm showed
Honey around his back garden. They then ran up the street and Honey met
Fiona, Jock, and Paddy. Now they had a new friend to play with.
Malcolm and Honey spent a
lot of time together. He was very happy that the Taits had moved in next