English Short Stories Level 05

Story 01

Previous StoryEnglish Short Stories List | Next Story

The Pet Shop

English Short Stories Level 05 

Click Here for Step-by-Step Rules, Stories and Exercises to Practice All English Tenses

Click Here for Step-by-Step Rules, Stories and Exercises to Practice All Tenses

Cody and his sister April decide they want a dog. They head down to the local pet store and have a look around.

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 winner.

April arrives a few minutes after Cody. She congratulates him. They return to the pet store to purchase Buster the bulldog.

However, when they arrive they only see Teacup the chihuahua.

English Short Stories Level 03

They ask Mr. Smith where Buster is.

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."


Click here to get the English Short Stories Book and Workbook

The package contains funny simple short stories and many exercises for vocabulary and grammar.

Previous StoryEnglish Short Stories List | Next Story

Visit the Vocabulary Activities section for more vocabulary action!

Visit Easy English Grammar section to improve your grammar!

Get Updates, Special Offers, and English Resources

Download your FREE GIFT (the first two chapters of
English Short Stories Book and Workbook)
as soon as you join!

English Short Stories

By submitting your email, you consent to receiving updates and newsletters from us and to the sharing of your personal data with third parties for the purposes of sending you communications. We will not spam you. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please see our privacy policy.