|A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups
set about nailing it to a post on the edge of
his yard. As he was driving the last nail
post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He
down into the eyes of a little boy.
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the
off the back of his neck, "These puppies
from fine parents and cost a good deal of
The boy dropped his head for a moment.
reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled
handful of change and held it up to the
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he
a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp
Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the
link fence. His eyes danced with delight.
dogs made their way to the fence, the little
noticed something else stirring inside the
Slowly another little ball appeared, this
smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a
awkward manner, the little pup began
the others, doing its best to catch up...
"I want that one," the little boy said,
pointing to the
runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's
side and said,
"Son, you don't want that puppy. He will
never be able
to run and play with you like these other
With that the little boy stepped back from
reached down, and began rolling up one
leg of his
In doing so he revealed a steel brace
both sides of his leg attaching itself to a
Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
"You see sir,
I don't run too well myself, and he will
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached
picked up the little pup.
Holding it carefully he handed it to the little
"How much?" asked the little boy. "No
answered the farmer, "There's no charge
The world is full of people
who need someone who understands.