A store owner was tacking 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?" the little boy asked.
The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."
The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.37," he said. "Can I please look at them?"
store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who
ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of
One puppy was lagging considerably 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 limp. It would always be lame.
The little boy became excited. "That is the puppy that 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.
little boy got quite 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. In fact, I'll give you $2.37 now,
and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for."
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
To his 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!!