A store owner was tacking up a sign above his door that read “Puppies for Sale”. Signs like that have a
way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner’s sign.
“How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked. Well the store owner replied. “Anywhere
between $30 to $50.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have
$2.37.” he said. “Can I please look at them?” The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the
kennel came lady, who ran down the aisle of the store followed by five tiny balls of fur.
One puppy was lagging behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and
said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?” The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined
the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always have a limp.
The little boy became very excited. “That is the puppy I want to buy.” The store owner said “No, you don’
t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”
The little boy became very upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger
and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other
dogs and I’ll pay full price for him. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now and 50 cents a month until I have him
The store owner countered. “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to
run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.
To his great surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted,
crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied.
“Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”
We all need someone who understands!
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