THE KIND DOG
This story is adapted from a narration that my seven-year-old younger sister, Sarah, did. The story is edited by me. As such, it is intended for a younger audience than any of the users here. I was a little sick this month, so I decided to give my sister’s story a chance to shine. It is a little shorter and simpler than usual, so, please forgive me and hopefully encourage and appreciate her.
Once upon a time, there was a dog. With bushy hair covering it from tail to head, it was the cutest canine one could ever spot. Yet, he was alone, because not many gave him a look, for he was a stray, and not a bred-dog like those in the stores. He was barking one sunny day near the staircase, when he saw something.
A visually-impaired man was trying to climb up the stairs, but he was having some trouble going up the stairs. His guide stick was touching the railings when the dog saw this. After understanding the situation, the dog decided to help the man.
He let out a loud bark. The visually-impaired man was a little startled by this, but, soon, he understood the pattern. The dog barked each time it went on a new stair. This way, the man would climb up a little, then wait for the dog to bark, and again and again and again. The visually-impaired man was delighted, and would have taken the dog home, but he didn’t.
He already had a guide dog — who was sick at the time. He could not support another pet. Sadly but steadily, he departed, as the dog’s barks drowned into the conundrum of the city.
This time around, the kind dog was met with a man who could see very well. Not when he was tensed up and in a rush, though. A banker was trying to cross the road, but was concerned with the sharp drop in the market. He had invested thousands of dollars into a certain fund, but that fund had come down crashing. His pacing was involuntary — and then it happened. He collapsed on the road. He lay unconscious on the ground.
A car would have trampled over him, for it was speeding. The dog pushed the man aside and began barking, signaling the fact that the man was unconscious. The dog was successful, but he got injured in the ensuing stampede.
A few minutes later, a group of kids had the dog rushed to a vet’s clinic. His feet were broken, his skin scraped up. The kids, however, couldn’t pay for treatment a large amount. Yet, the kind actions of the little dog paid off.
At the reception, two unknown men came. A visually-impaired man by the name of John Bennett and an investor-banker by the name of Suneo Tanaka both came in, signed a check worth all the money needed, and quietly went away. Many days later, Suneo Tanaka decided to adopt the kind dog — giving himself a furry companion he could ease the stress with.