There was a farmer who owned a store, and he needed to sell some puppies. He put up a sign above his door reading, “Puppies for Sale.” The sign is very eye catching, and before long a little boy appeared at the sign. Boy asked, “Can I buy a puppy from you?” The farmer said, “Well, these are some really nice puppies, and they will cost you a lot of money.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $1.55, can I have a look at the puppies?” The store owner smiled and nodded.
With a whistle, he called, “Come here Randy!” His dog came out of the kennel, down the aisle of his store, followed by five little puppies. One puppy was noticeably falling behind as he was limping.
The little boy looked at the lagging, limping puppy. He asked “What’s wrong with that little dog?”
The owner told the boy that, when the puppy was born, had a bad hip socket and would limp for the rest of his life. He got this bad news from the best vet in town. The little boy got really excited and said, “That’s the puppy I want to buy!”
The man replied “No, you don’t have to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll give him to you.” But this got the little boy upset. He looked straight into the man’s eyes and said “I don’t want you to give him to me. He is worth just as much as the other dogs, and I’ll pay the full price. In fact I will give you $1.55, the only money I have now, and 50 cents every month until I have him paid for.” The man countered, “Trust me son, you really don’t want to buy this puppy son. He is never gonna be able to run, jump and play like other puppies.”
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 man and said, “Well, I don’t run so well myself and the little puppy will need someone who understands.”
The man was now biting his bottom lip. Tears welled up in his eyes….He smiled and said, “Son, I hope and pray that each and every one of these puppies will have an owner such as you.”