This brief story starts out with a young boy inquiring about a sign he had seen in a store window that said “Puppies for Sale.” He counts out his change, and asks the store keeper if he can see the puppies. Upon the puppies’ entrance, the boy sees the exact puppy that he wants – one that he can connect with in a way that no one else can. The store owner discourages the boy from pursuing this puppy saying, “You don’t want that dog. He’s never going to be able to run and jump and play like the other dogs,” but the boy persists. Puppies for Sale is a touching story of understanding and acceptance, with beautiful artwork that adds to the feeling of the story.

Illustrated by Jerry Dillingham

Published 1999, Dalmatian Press

If you like this story, check out this video: The Present, by Jacob Frey