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By Marie C. Marsh
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Chapter OneSomewhere in the Midwest there was a special place called Holly Farm. It was a beautiful farm, with green rolling hills. It was spring, and the farm pastures were filled with grazing cows. The newborn calves stayed very close to their mothers. Horses ran free—their manes and tails blowing in the soft breeze. The colts ran and played among themselves. After a long play, they could be found in the tall grass, fast asleep in the warm spring sun. With the spring came all the other baby animals. The farm, after a very long, hard winter, was alive with new life.
In the distance, voices rang out. It was Kelly calling, "Renee, the third one is being born." Renee rushed in to see the last of a litter of puppies making a grand entrance into the world. It was a little boy puppy. He was gray, with black markings. He had big eyes, with black circles around them. He looked just like his two other sisters. They were so tiny! Frosty, the father of the litter, watched as Brooke nuzzled her puppies. She was trying to get them to nurse, and she was so very tired. Kelly and Renee had been up all night with Brooke. They wanted to make sure all the puppies were delivered safely. "They are a beautiful litter," Renee said. "It will be hard for us to let them go when they are weaned." It was always hard to part with the puppies. Kelly and Renee always loved them.
The coming days brought delight for everyone to see. The puppies grew bigger with each new day. Their little eyes began to open. The puppies' little legs grew stronger. Playtime was fun to watch, as they rolled around and jumped all over each other. Having that much fun made them tired. The next time you looked, they were all nestled around each other, sound asleep.
In what seemed to be no time at all, they were six weeks old and ready to go to new homes. The female puppies had been sold to a farmer nearby. Renee had made arrangements for someone to take the little boy puppy. "Kelly, this little guy is going to New York. There is a puppy store that wants him." Kelly agreed.
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