Friday, August 28, 2009

"PUPPY SIZE": A Story of One Adoption

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2008

Oliver's Adoption Day

This is an excerpt from a story sent to me by a friend. No author or rights are assigned, and distribution was encouraged. Because of its length, I have shared an excerpt here:

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one.

One by one she said, "Sorry, you're not the one."

It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup.
The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer. "Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!" she screamed with joy. "It's the puppy size!"

"But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," Mom said.

"No, not size--the sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed," she said. "Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!"

...Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find
the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms," she said. Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said, "Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"


Calling all nature lovers. I have a new guest post up at Central Florida Green Guide on canoeing, kayaking, and tubing the Wekiva River. If you or someone you know has canoed with their dog, I'd love to hear pictures and your story. Write to me at Thanks!

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