This is a story about another beloved animal, not a sheep this time, or a chicken, but a dog.
Part 1 – Decisions and Acquisition
It’s the summer of 1955. The Gibson family is thriving, enjoying the sunshine and Ralph’s first summer vacation from school. His 8th birthday will come in October. The family discussions turn often to this big day. Ralph has two wishes for his special day: a bicycle and a dog.
“It will have to be one or the other,” says his Dad. “We can’t manage both. It takes work to learn to ride a bike, but it’s fun too.”
“Is a dog work too, Dad?” Ralph asks.
“Yes, son, but a different kind of work. A dog needs good care, lots of exercise, and much love.”
Five-year-old Lorna chimes in, “Get a dog, Ralphie. I love dogs.”
Three-year-old Anne mutters to no one in particular, “Don’t like doggies. They scare me!”
Seven-month-old Mary is the only one who doesn’t give a hoot what his choice is! Continue reading