It’s been a long week here at the dog hotel. I’ve been passing the time by making up a story of an imaginary dog. If you want to read it from the beginning you can go back to Monday, March 11th for the rest of the story.
Eric didn’t want to leave the shelter. “There must be some mistake. We just dropped that puppy off two days ago. How could he not be here?”
“Let’s go Eric. He’s not here.” Dad gently placed his hand on Eric’s shoulder.
As they walked past the front desk Eric spoke to the woman at the counter. “If that puppy shows up please give us a call.”
The woman nodded but didn’t look up from the book she was reading.
Eric didn’t even notice the pile of slush he stood in as he stepped out the door. “Dad, do you mind if I just walk around for a bit?”
“Go ahead Eric. I’ll wait for you in the truck.”
A nearby field looked like a good place for Eric to calm his mind. He didn’t care that it was covered with wet, heavy snow and he trudged along through it heading toward the back of the shelter building. Around back he noticed a lot of footprints, and paw prints and figured this must be where the dogs were taken for walks.
Off in the distance stood several trees and Eric noticed that many of the tracks headed that direction. He began following the tracks to the trees.
“What am I doing? My dad’s got to get to work soon.” Eric turned to head back.
As Eric turned he thought he heard something that sounded like a yip. He turned back toward the trees but saw nothing. Walking back toward the direction of the truck Eric heard the sound again. This time when he turned around he saw a puppy tugging at the end of a leash. Was it? Could it be? It looked like it.
Running as fast as the sloshing snow would allow, Eric made his way toward the puppy. Dropping his knees into the snow he scooped up that puppy, while the puppy turned into a bundle of wiggles and kisses.
“I take it you two know each other,” said the woman holding the puppy’s leash.
“We sure do,” said Eric. “I thought I’d lost this little guy.”
“I normally come and walk the dogs later in the day, but I have to be somewhere today so I came in early. Looks like we got back just in time.”
Eric could hardly speak through his tears. “Thank you. Thank you,” he said.
“Let me take this little guy inside and get him dried off. You can go around front and fill out the paperwork. He should be ready about the same time you are.”
Eric held the puppy tightly in his lap as they headed home.
“Eric, we’ve still got one thing to work out,” his dad said.
“What’s that,” said Eric getting a little worried.
They stopped at a traffic light and Dad looked directly at Eric. “Just one thing Eric. What are you going to name him?”
“I’ll come up with something,” Eric said.
Now that that puppy has a home, I sure hope my person shows up at this dog hotel and takes me back home soon. Bongo
March 16, 2013 at 11:04 am
What a simple solution, but it came as a complete surprise! I’m always pessimistic – therefore, I’m not good at thinking out happy ends 😉 But I hope you have been already picked up by your person in the dog hotel.
March 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Kolytyi, my person finally picked me up a few minutes ago. I’ll be sleeping soundly for the next three days.
March 16, 2013 at 11:09 am
Oh, I hope so too, Bongo!!!
Hmmm, what name shall the boy give him?!!!
March 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm
Marina, do you think I should have a contest to name the puppy?
March 16, 2013 at 11:41 am
Lovely ending, Bongo!
A WordPress tip: If you add a special tag to each of the story posts, then people can read them with a link. As this is your first story, “fiction” does the trick:
March 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm
Thanks Delft. I didn’t know you could do that.
Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom
March 16, 2013 at 11:44 am
Every dog needs a kid to play with and I’m happy this puppy will have his. I wonder what his name will be…..
March 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm
Emily, I guess I couldn’t think up a name while I was in the dog hotel. After I get caught up on sleep maybe I’ll come up with one.
Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom
March 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm
I’m sure you will, it’s tiring to be away from home!
March 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm
YESH for Eric finding the puppy again – and for his new home and name. Thanks for the WordPress trick re: links to posts.
March 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Roberta, I had to keep everybody on their toes, but I wasn’t going to let anything bad happen to that puppy.
March 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Whew!!! So relieved!
March 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm
BZ Dogs, I couldn’t have let anything really bad happen to that puppy.
March 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Happy ending. I hope they name him Bongo!
Love and licks,
March 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Cupcake, my person says two Bongos would be way too much. I’m not sure what she’s talking about.
March 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm
He has a home, but what is his name???? I am so curious to know!
March 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Rumpy, my brain wasn’t working well enough to come up with a name while I was in the dog hotel. After I catch up with sleep I guess I’ll have to come up with one.
March 17, 2013 at 8:10 am
Awwww…..*paw applause* and *wiping tears* Bravo!!!! Very happy and lovely ending Bongo!!!
Thanks so much for giving us this happy lovely puppy story!!! What a brilliant storyteller you are Bongo!!! I enjoyed it so much, thanks again! 🙂
March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Thanks Kevin. I’m glad you enjoyed the story.
March 17, 2013 at 9:06 am
Bongo – glad you are following a long honored way to amuse yourself – and us!
March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Thanks Karen. I guess you would know about amusing yourself that way since you’re a pretty good storyteller yourself.
March 18, 2013 at 2:45 am
Such a good story!
March 18, 2013 at 6:21 am
Whew, what a great story & of course we like the ending.
March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm
Thanks Diane and Lola.
March 19, 2013 at 1:20 am
So, so glad the puppy was found and you’re out of the hotel, Bongo 🙂
March 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Angels Whisper, it’s great being back home – but all I can do is sleep.
March 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm
Yay!!! This story made me worry a lot, but it was totally worth it 😀
March 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm
I’m so glad you enjoyed it Remy.
March 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm
Great story Bongo!!! WE loved each part of the story! Great ending and we hope the little puppy lived happily ever after! 🙂
March 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm
Thanks Collies. That little puppy found his forever home with a good family.