Pup­pies for Sale

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

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 shop owner 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 puppy that I want to buy.”

The shop owner 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 got quite up­set. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, point­ing his fin­ger, and said;

“I don’t want you to give him to me. That lit­tle dog is worth ev­ery bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you RM2.50 now, and RM1 a month un­til I have him paid for.”

The shop owner 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 his sur­prise, the lit­tle boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to re­veal a badly twisted, crip­pled left leg sup­ported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well my­self, and the lit­tle puppy will need some­one who un­der­stands!”

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