Like many inspiring movies and books, this short story may be fictional. However, the impact that this work will have on its readers is very real. Enjoy!
Puppies 4 Sale
A farmer by the name of Jones had a litter of puppies for sale and was just in the process of nailing a “for sale” sign up as little Andy came alongside him.
“Mister, I want to buy a puppy!” Andy said.
‘Well,’ said Farmer Jones, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, ‘These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.’
Andy hung his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to Farmer Jones.
“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”
‘Sure,’ said Farmer Jones and with that he let out a whistle. ‘Here, Poppy!’ he called. Out from the kennels and down the ramp ran Poppy followed by six little balls of fur.
Andy pressed his face against the chain link fence while his eyes danced with delight as the dogs made their way to the fence. He noticed something else stirring inside the kennel. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.
‘I want that one,’ Andy said, pointing to the runt of the litter. Farmer Jones knelt down at the boy’s side and explained, ‘Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.’
With that Andy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said, ‘You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.’
With tears in his eyes, Farmer Jones reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
‘How much?’ asked Andy.
‘No charge,’ answered Farmer Jones, ‘There’s no charge for love.’
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