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The Puppy


Read this in our staff newsletter at work & thought it was a lovely story to post on ES...

One day a shopkeeper was nailing up a sign outside his shop that read "Puppies for Sale". Now, signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the shopkeepers sign. "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" he asked. The shopkeeper replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."

The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.35." he said. "Can I please look at them?" The shopkeeper smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came a lady, who ran down the passage of the store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said "What's wrong with that little dog."

The shopkeeper explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn't have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited. "That is the little puppy I want to buy." The shopkeeper said, "No, you don't want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I'll just give him to you."

The little boy became quite upset. He looked straight into the shopkeeper's eyes, pointing his finger, and said, "I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog's worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I'll pay full price. In fact, I'll give you $2.35 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for." The shopkeeper countered. "You really don't want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies."

To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg, to reveal a badly twisted, crippled leg supported by a big metal brace. he looked up at the shopkeeper and softly replied, "Well, I don't run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!"

Isla:-)

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