While reading some of my favorite dog sites, I found this beautiful story that drew tears to my eyes. I related to this story so well since my Basset Hound is the runt of her siblings. I have a neuromuscular disease so when I read this and thought about my dog it brought a lot of emotion into my heart. I love my dog more than life! If you are a lover of dogs ( or any animal for that matter) this is one story that will grab you. This story is a testimony of a dog’s place on earth and why we need them.
Love Picks a Puppy
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising 4 pups and set about, nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of the little boy. “Mr., he said,I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”The boy dropped his head for a moment.then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got 39 cents. Is that enough to take a look?”
“Sure,” said the farmer and with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!”, he called and out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain-link fence. His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy he noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. 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,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He’ll never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.” With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and rolled 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 specifically 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 the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. “How much?”, asked the little boy. “No charge,” answered the farmer. “There is no charge for love.”
From: A Place To Love Dogs