Butch The One-of-a-Kind Dog

Butch The One-of-a-Kind Dog

by Charlcy Standifer


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ISBN-13: 9781458211194
Publisher: Abbott Press
Publication date: 09/12/2013
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.08(d)

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Butch The One-Of-A-Kind Dog

By Charlcy Standifer, Sara Standifer

Abbott Press

Copyright © 2013 Charlcy Standifer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4582-1119-4


Butch wiggled with joy when the boy named Ned picked him up. "I like this one best."

"Let's take him," said his sister Ellen. "He looks like his mother."

Butch's mother was a graceful daschund with a sleek brown coat. She had told her puppies that some day they would go to homes of their own. Butch was the first to have a home of his own.

Ned and Ellen lived in the country in a big house surrounded by orange trees. The yard was big with hidden corners to explore.

The children had a pet goat named Nanny. She showed Butch all around his new home and laughed as he ran everywhere looking, sniffing, and asking questions.

Every day Butch and Nanny went for a walk. They went down the sandy roads, through the orange trees, and along the banks of the big canal that carried water for the trees.

After one of their walks Butch went to his private napping place, a soft grassy spot by the front steps of the house. He rolled over, wiggled his back against the soft grass with his legs in the air, and settled into his favorite sleeping position.

He was sleeping soundly when he heard footsteps coming up the walk from the driveway. He turned his head and looked up into the face of a delivery man.

The man shook his head and began laughing loudly. "What a silly dog. He sleeps on his back." He walked on to the door and knocked.

Butch quickly rolled over with his feet properly under him and wagged his tail.

When the children and their mother came to the door, the delivery man was still laughing. He pointed to Butch. "I do believe that's the funniest looking dog I've ever seen. He must be part miniature tiger."

The children looked at the delivery man. Then they looked closely at Butch. Butch had been growing every day. He still had his pretty mother's daschund body, but his sleek brown coat had been growing black streaks that went different directions.

"He is changing," said Ellen slowly.

"Yes," said Ned. "He would look like his mother except for those black streaks."

Their mother smiled. "What you've got now is a brindle wiener dog."

Nanny had come across the yard and heard the man laughing at Butch.

Butch tucked his tail down between his back legs and slowly walked to the edge of the yard.

He didn't know he was funny looking. He was so unhappy that he didn't pay any attention to the butterflies on the flowers or the chickens chasing bugs.

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