Oscar, The Intelligent Puppy

Oscar, The Intelligent PuppyByOscar ElizondoOscar was a six-week-old dachshund puppy and he was already showing signs of a very intelligent dog. Janie had been given the animal as a companion after she had been diagnosed with a terrible disease. The eight-year-old girl would be handicapped for the rest of her life and the parents knew she would have very few friends.The little puppy was very smart, full of energy, playful, but he also had one small draw back. Oscar was a little stubborn at times. He was being trained to go do the bathroom outside in a special place in the backyard. However, once in a while he would have an accident inside the house and Janie’s mother was not too happy about having to clean up after him.Janie loved her puppy very much even though she couldn’t get off the wheel chair to play on the ground. Her parents would help her get off and sit her on the grass in the fenced yard. The mother and father would take turns watching over her as the two companions played for hours together.One-day the little girl’s daddy was late to work and he didn’t close the gate to the front yard securely. After entering the van and putting on the safety belt he forgot to check the gate as he normally did every time he opened it. Janie was playing in the front yard. Her mother was talking on the cell phone while sitting on the front porch and watching her daughter.From the company phone at work was the lady’s husband calling because he had forgotten something. He had been working on some important papers for a client of his. Janie’s father had a special room with a big marble desk at home where he did some business work during the evening hours.Mr. Romo instructed his wife over the cell phone to go check on top of his desk at their home and see if the papers were still there. Mrs. Romo could see the puppy slobbering all over Janie’s face as the child laughed with every lick of Oscar’s tongue. Both companions seemed safe enough for the moment since Janie couldn’t get up and walk away. She hurried inside the house to ease her husband’s worried notion.Meanwhile, the bicycle riding newspaper boy peddled down the street delivering the paper. When he came to the Room’s house he threw the rolled up paper as it hit the gate. It was all the gate needed to swing open as the young lad sped away not aware of what had happened.Oscar noticed the opened gate and the curious puppy ran to investigate what was thrown. Janie knew of the dangers about cars in the streets. She thought Oscar was going to run into the street and get run over. She somehow managed to get a hold of the handles of her wheel chair on the back and stand herself up. She was frightened that Oscar would run away and onto the busy street.Janie placed her body on the back of the wheel chair and her feet pushed forward. The little girl didn’t know much of what she was doing. The scary thought of loosing her puppy dog was making her react that way. She reached the curb of the street where the puppy was sniffing at the newspaper. Janie called out, “Oscar, you get back inside the fence!”Oscar barked, "Arf, arf,arf, arf ! ’ as he saw an on coming van just around the corner of the street. Janie got spooked because she had never heard her puppy bark so loudly before. She fell off the wheel chair and rolled off the curb.The intelligent puppy tried to pull on the little girl’s dress to get her out of harms way. However, it was a big task to try and move her because she was too heavy for him. Oscar’s instinct took over after he saw the van nearing his best friend that was helplessly lying on the street.Bravely, Oscar ran towards the van and placed himself between Janie and the vehicle. The driver of the car pressed immensely on the brake pedal as he saw the puppy in front of him. The screeching tires made black marks on the pavement of the street as the bewildered driver tried to stop before hitting the dog and child.The front tire ran over Oscar as the little girl cried in fear of getting run over too, but also after watching her puppy under the car. Janie’s mother and the driver soon picked her up and checked her for injuries. No harm had come to her other than the fear inside of her and the cuts she had received when she fell.Meanwhile, Oscar could not be seen under the car because he was wedged inside of the wheel. After a brief moment puppy sounds could be heard coming from under the car. By that time Mr. Romo had put his guilt feelings back together wondering what would have happened if he had not seen Oscar first.Mr. Romo backed up the van and out ran Oscar. His appearance was different from what it was before. Oil had drained over him, but there was something else. Oscar had no tail.

Copyright © 2008 12:15 p. m. Oscarelizondo August 12, 2008

Oscar, The Intelligent Puppy


Harlingen, United States

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A wonderful children’s story about a little girl and her brave puppy dog named Oscar.
It will test your emotional feelings and the ending will more than surprise you. You won’t regret reading it alone, or with your children.

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