Shep – segment 3 of 6

Michael and Shep returned to backyard. Michael picked up the ball again. He was about to throw it to Shep, when he changed his mind.

“Come on, Shep. Let’s take a walk.”

The dog followed Michael through the yard and across a farmer’s field that lay fallow that year. They tramped over straw and clumps of uneven soil. Michael sat down in the middle of the field. Shep waited sniffing the ground around them. Michael wanted to keep Shep. He’d have to wait and see what happened, but he wouldn’t give up until there was no hope.

Shep followed Michael across the field and up the road as far as Michael was allowed to go by himself. The Broadmers had rules for Michael to follow. Ordinarily, avoiding discipline was the deterrent to rule breaking, but on this day, not invoking within his parents the idea that Shep might be a bad influence on him was paramount. Intelligent young man that Michael was, he knew the issues. Michael hurried home not wanting his mother to imagine that he’d violated the borders of his approved territory because he was distracted by his beloved Shep.

That night Michael’s father allowed Shep to sleep on the porch. He wanted the dog to have an opportunity to go back home, wherever that might be, so he didn’t bring Shep inside. This decision pleased Mrs. Broadmer, although she kept it to herself. In the morning Shep was still there.

This pattern went on for another week, at the end of which time Michael’s parents agreed to let him keep Shep. Mr. and Mrs. Broadmer together gave Shep a bath outside in a large metal tub purchased for this singular purpose. Shep reluctantly endured this intrusion into his private life. Michael prepared a special place for Shep to sleep in his room, but Shep slept in Michael’s bed instead. Michael was a grateful and happy young man.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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6 Responses to Shep – segment 3 of 6

  1. buttercup600 says:

    I can imagine how happy he was….(my dog sleeps on my bed too:):)…keep writing girlfriend…awesome:) xx


  2. Thank you for reading “Shep”. I hope you will like the ending. Michael got his dog, but real like life, when all should be well, things begin to fall apart. But the end is … I’ll let you be surprised. I like writing stories that children can enjoy as well as adults.


  3. amkuska says:

    Aww, what a good boy! ❤ happy ending!


    • Carol Ann Hoel says:

      How did I miss your kind comment so long ago? I am here responding to a recent comment and noticed that I missed yours. I am always grateful for anyone willing to read a short story. We are always rushed, and I include myself in that statement. Long posts are difficult to engage in under our pressing schedules. Thank you for having taken the time on August 4. Sorry I missed your visit. Blessings to you…


  4. Trisha says:

    what a perfectly beautiful post. dogs are so awesome. 🙂


    • Carol Ann Hoel says:

      Yes, dogs are truly great companions. They feel your pain and your joy and seem to weep and laugh along with you. They are loyal and protective. This I can say with certainty about the dogs that we had in our family, both in my youth and in adulthood. I have a cat now that we call Shady. Cats are more independent in their manner than dogs, but they also sense moods and show affection in their own perfect feline way. Thank you for reading another segment of the Shep short story. Blessings to you, Trisha…


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