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pages, Illustrated with eleven beautiful Alaskan photos taken by the
Author. These Photos of Homer, Alaska and the animals the puppy Kelly
sees appear at the beginning of each chapter.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Coming Home 1
Chapter 2 - A New Toy 4
Chapter 3 - Morris the Magpie 8
Chapter 4 - A Toy Goes Missing 11
Chapter 5 - Winter Fun 14
Chapter 6 - Fannie, Holly and Homer 17
Chapter 7 - Spring Friends 21
Chapter 8 - Chasing Butterflies 25
Chapter 9 - The Beach 29
Chapter 10 - A Year Has Passed 32
BEAUTIFUL FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
THE ANIMAL SHELTERS
THAT THIS LITTLE BOOK
MAY IN SOME
ADOPT A PET
day had finally arrived; I was adopted from the Homer Animal
Shelter. A woman walked in with the intention of finding the perfect
puppy to fit her lifestyle. She had salt and pepper hair like my friend
Sparky, a blue Queensland Heeler. When she saw me, she kneeled down to
lure me away from the other puppies. I was not afraid of her because
she was friendly and soft- spoken.
she said, “I want to take you away from here. I have lots of
time to spend with you, we have plenty of room at the house, and you
will have a big back yard to play in. Would you like that?”
could not believe what I was hearing. Her words were my dream come
true. I worried that I’d never be adopted, after all, a beagle mixed
with a terrier is not the ideal pet for most families. I wagged my tail
as fast as I could. Soon, my mom took me for a car ride all the way to
my new home.
arriving at the house, I ran up to the big front door where my new
dad stood, waiting patiently for me. I jumped up to meet him, wagging
my tail. Dad looked at me, smiled, and playfully rubbed my head. His
voice was warm with enthusiasm.
home Kelly,” he said. “Let‘s go inside the house.”
led me up the stairs to the main living area. I noticed the rooms
were neat and tidy. Because of the large picture windows above the
front entrance, the environment was light and bright. There was plenty
of room to romp around, however, my first order of business was to
inspect the carpet, furniture, and floorboards. I explored the living
room, the long hallway, and even the bathroom and two bedrooms. A
fearless cat surprised me in the kitchen. His clouded gold eyes
revealed he was mature. His long black tail whipped back and forth
while he allowed me to sniff him. I decided right away that I liked
him. Not only did he let me smell him, but he is black and white just
said, “Kelly, this is your brother Turbo. He is not as frisky and
playful as you are, but I’m sure the two of you will get along
Turbo, would you like to play chase?” I asked.
said, “No way. Your puppy games are too rough for my liking.
Besides, being chased around the room is not my idea of fun.”
hurt my feelings, but only for a moment. I had more rooms to
explore, including the rooms downstairs. After inspecting the entire
house, Dad introduced me to the back yard.
large plush lawn was perfect for running sprints and playing games
of chase. Tall pine trees and birch trees bordered the property. And
down lower to the ground; wild flowers, alder bushes, berry bushes,
ferns and herb vegetation. The back yard was like a meadow within a
live in Homer, Alaska. Homer is at the southwest tip of the Kenai
Peninsula on Kachemak Bay. In addition to majestic views of the bay,
Homer has hardy forests and rugged mountains. Every year in early May,
thousands of shorebirds pass through the bay. Year round, however, are
hardy Alaskan birds like ravens, crows, Steller’s jays, magpies,
chickadees and bald eagles. My back yard was more than I could ask for.
I could think was, “I’m a lucky dog!”
2 - A New Toy
the weeks that followed, I began to display improper behavior;
chasing Turbo around the kitchen table, nipping at Dad’s feet as he
walked up and down the stairs, and removing toilet paper from the rolls.
Bue lives in Homer, Alaska, with her husband Jon, her dog
Kelly, and her cat, Turbo
version Copyright 2009 by Patricia Bue
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