Goldie (The Puppy Place)
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Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their mom still doesn't think their family is ready for a puppy.
Then, Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever that needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn't know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her?
again. “Hold on there, bucko.” She folded her arms against her chest and leaned against the refrigerator. Charles couldn’t stand it. “Please?” he begged. “Please?” “Your father and I will need to talk this over,” Mom said. “It’s a big decision.” Just then, the back door swung open and Sammy strolled in. “Knock, knock,” he said. “Who’s there?” Charles asked automatically. “Kayak,” said Sammy as he picked up a plate and helped himself to the last piece of French toast in the skillet. Charles’s
Everybody was laughing. Goldie was so funny! Charles thought he could watch her forever. “Oh, Mom,” said Lizzie. “We have to keep her.” “Please?” Charles begged. “If we keep her, it will only be for a little while,” Mrs. Peterson reminded them. “Just until we find her a good home. That’s how a foster family works.” “We’ll take good care of her,” Charles promised. “She won’t be any trouble!” Just then, Goldie rolled over, jumped to her feet, and took three steps to a spot under the kitchen
“Right,” said Sammy. “Believe me, it’ll work. I saw this guy at the fair last year? He convinced a lady that she was a chicken. She was squawking and flapping her wings, and —” Charles had tuned out. He was thinking about Goldie again. He could hardly wait to pick her up and hold her in his arms. Sammy went home to check on Rufus, and Charles and Lizzie went up their walk. Mom opened the door when she heard them on the front porch steps. She looked very tired. Her hair was all straggly. The
They tiptoed out of the room and down the stairs. Goldie woke up a few minutes later. She stretched and yawned and looked around for her people. Where were they? They had gone away and left her all alone. This was her chance to sniff and explore this fun new place. Goldie roamed all over Lizzie’s room, discovering exciting new smells and tastes in every corner. Finally, Goldie wandered over to the door. There was a pile of scritchy, scratchy fresh new papers. Goldie had been wishing for
these people? Lizzie pounded down the stairs with some papers in her hand. “Got it!” she said. She plopped down in a chair. “Do you have a bed prepared for Goldie?” she asked, without waiting for an introduction. “Lizzie,” Dad began, “this is Mr. —” But she rushed right along. “Is your house puppy-proofed? Which of you will be the primary caretaker? Have you looked into a puppy kindergarten class? Which vet will you take Goldie to?” Lizzie wasn’t even waiting for answers. Not that it