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Wilson's Best Day
By Emily Wiltse, Aynsley Lockridge
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A short, plump, long-bodied, wiry-haired dog sat alone in his kennel in the back corner of the animal shelter. As people passed by, he jumped on the chain link door and barked to try to get their attention. Still, no one stopped to pet him, even on that busy weekend.
The little terrier mutt watched longingly as the humans crowded around the cute bulldog puppy a few kennels away. "I'm no puppy, and I'm nopurebred," thought the mutt. "Who will want a middle-aged, short, plump, long-bodied, wiry-haired dog like me? The other families sure didn't want me."
He thought back to his past three families. None of them had been a good fit. For reasons he never understood, he always ended up back at the pound. Did he bark too much? Was it because he became grumpy when people touchedhis paws? Wasn't he smart or sweet enough?
"Still," he hoped, "surely there's a special family, a just-right fit, that will give me a fur-ever home! I'd be the happiest dog, and I could make them very happy, too!" On his worst, gloomiest, saddest days, the little mutt continued to hold out hope.
Tired from barking and people watching, the little brown mutt curled up on his cot and went to sleep, dreaming of his future family.
He soon awoke to the sound of a lady-human's voice. "Look at this one. He's kind of cute! His paperwork says he's housebroken, and he's outgrown all of those hard-to-break puppy habits."
"Well, that's a plus," said a man-person. "It says here he's six years old. He reminds me of the dog we had growing up. We adopted him from the pound, and he was a great dog!"
The mutt's short, floppy little ears perked up. He bolted off the cot and ran to the door to get a closer look at the humans standing at his kennel, reading his paperwork.
The humans examined the little dog, and the little dog studied the humans. They all wondered if this could be the just-right fit.
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