English Short Stories
The Pet Shop
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Cody and his sister April decide they
want a dog. They head down to the local pet store and have a look
It is a very small pet store that doesn't have many animals.
The owner of the shop is a nice old man named Mr. Smith. He walks over
and greets Cody and April.
"How can I help you?" he asks.
"We would like to buy a dog," April responds.
"Ah, well, we are not a big pet shop," Mr. Smith tells her. "So we only
have two dogs to choose from."
They ask Mr. Smith to show them the dogs.
Mr. Smith leads them to the back of store where the two dogs are. One
of them is a very big bulldog named Buster. The other is a very tiny
chihuahua named Teacup.
April wants Teacup. Cody wants Buster. They walk outside to discuss.
They can’t agree on a dog. April suggests they race home for it. The
winner of the race chooses the dog.
Cody agrees, then tells April her shoelace is untied. When April looks
down, he runs off and gets a head start.
Cody runs as hard as he can. He really wants that bulldog. He looks
back. April is so far behind he can’t even see her.
Cody finally gets home. He is tired but he is happy. He knows he is the
April arrives a few minutes after Cody. She congratulates him. They
return to the pet store to purchase Buster the bulldog.
they arrive they only see Teacup the chihuahua.
They ask Mr. Smith where
Mr. Smith gives the details. He explains that a few minutes after April
and Cody leave, two boys walk in and buy the bulldog.
Cody looks at April, and she holds back a smile. Cody sighs. He turns
back to Mr. Smith.
"Sometimes you win the race, but not the prize!" Cody smiles sadly.
"We’ll take the chihuahua, please."
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