Trying Hard to be Good

May 23, 2011  

Stubby lived his life on a chain until one day he broke free and ran away. A Good Samaritan found him and brought him to the shelter. Now his real story begins…

The boy kneels down next to me. “Hey Stubby.” He pats me as if he’s afraid I might shatter. I jump up and lick his face, knocking him down.

“Matt, are you okay?” A woman with a little girl comes running up to where we all sit.

The little girl launches herself at me, throwing her arms around my neck. “Mommy! I want this one!”

“I’m so sorry to bother you,” the woman says to us. “But we were going inside.”

The girl jumps up. “Stubby is available if you’d like to take him for a walk,” she says, handing the woman the leash. “I can tell you all about him.”

I’m not totally sure what’s going on, but I can tell that this is important.

“We weren’t really looking for a dog like…” the woman’s voice trails off.

“Stubby is a very good dog,” the girl tells her.

“Mom, please?” Matt begs.

“Walk! Walk!” Lily cries.

The woman smiles and shakes her head. “I thought you wanted a fluffy white dog like Mr. Buttons?”

“Lily wants to take Stubby for a walk, don’t you, Lil?” Matt looks at his sister.

“Walk! Walk!” she cries again.

The girl hands the woman the leash. “I’ll go with you and tell you all about Stubby on the way.”

The woman looks at the leash like it’s going to bite her and takes it gingerly. “I haven’t walked a dog in years.” The woman looks at me and I jump up to show how excited I am. “He could certainly use some training.”

“Stubby, sit!” the girl tells me. I put my butt on the ground, just like she taught me.

“He’s working on it,” the girl promises the woman.

“Aren’t we all,” the woman laughs. “Okay, kids, let’s take Stubby for a walk.”

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Did you miss the beginning of Stubby’s story? Read the start here.

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