A birthday for the dogs


A birthday for the dogs
My son at the seaside when he was youthful.

Today is my son’s birthday. It was also our huge yellow lab Angus’s birthday.

The next tale was 1st revealed in the Los Angeles Occasions Sunday paper in the Kids’ Studying Area area. It is the real tale of my son’s 2nd grade birthday occasion.

Robert with the Easter Bunny
My son with the Easter bunny.

A Birthday for the Canine

“MOM, I’m inviting 50 young ones to my get together.”

“What, Robert?” Mother reported. “That’s far too several. Do you know 50 children?”

I sat in the back again seat whilst Mother drove property following college. My eighth birthday was in two months. 

“There’s my class, in addition Cub Scouts, and playgroup.”

“I just cannot pay for to just take 50 young children skating or bowling. And I don’t want 50 little ones in my residence. What about the city pool? It is heated, open up 12 months-spherical, and it’s only 50¢ a kid,” Mom explained.

“A swim social gathering, that’s interesting!” I stated.

“I’ll say yes to the get together, but no to provides. Fifty provides are as well a lot for just one eight-year-old. It is decadent.”

“What’s decadent?” I requested. Mother employed words and phrases I didn’t know.

“Self-indulgent, corrupt.”

I sat silently and thought I’d be sad with no presents. Then I remembered Angus. Mom received him for me as an early birthday present. We were being on a waiting around listing for two several years with Tutorial Pet dogs of the Desert. He was getting trained as a companion canine for persons who couldn’t see. We acquired him since he had bad hips and could not be a operating canine. Angus was large, yellow, and I beloved him. We shared the identical birthday.

“I have a great notion!”

“What?” Mother requested, glancing at me in her rearview mirror.

“I’ll talk to for dollars for Tutorial Canine of the Desert.”

“Ah?” Mother created a odd swallowing noise.

“It’s Angus’s birthday, as well.”

Big yellow lab

In the rearview mirror I viewed Mom dab at the corner of her eyes with a tissue, and nod her head in settlement.

Two months afterwards, I experienced a good birthday. Fifty kids came with bathing satisfies, towels and revenue. In its place of opening presents after cake, we counted dollars they experienced stuffed into a huge licorice jar adorned with photos of Angus. 

With each other, we elevated more than $1,600 for Guide Dogs. Mother identified as me a “philanthropist” – whatsoever that is.

Angus and Robert

Joyful birthday, son! We miss you, Angus!


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