Freckles the dog
A little dog with a bad home goes to a home where the people love her more than anything.


A little beagle hid under her soft, pink, cozy blanket. She barked, and groaned all day long, just waiting, for someone to take her home. A good owner of course. The pet store managers Eliot, and Emmy, were average owners. They fed the pup, and made her a bed, but no extra things.

What the puppy needed, was a owner or two, that could feed her, give her a home and a bed, take her for walks, and play with her. The puppy doubted that would ever happen. Nobody wanted a small little dog that was filthy, from her owners not cleaning her smelly cage. Nobody at all.

Until one day…

The dog sat, staring out the stained glass, of her disgusting home. She placed her head over her paws and groaned. The other dog that was in her place, trotted over with her tongue hanging out. She groaned, then lie down next to the beagle.

A girl about 11 years old walked through the store, right next to the beagle’s pen.

“Remember Zoe, you must only pick one pet for your birthday,” Zoe’s mother told her.

“I remember mom, I will pick wisely,” Zoe said, looking annoyed.

Freckles barked softly.

“Look, mother! Isn’t she the most adorable dog?” Zoe said.

“Joey’s allergic to dogs, remember?” her mother reminded Zoe.

“I’ll keep her in my room!” Zoe argued.

“No,” her mother said.

“But mother! I can’t stand that cute face,” Zoe complained.

“Fine, but you must take care of her by-

“I will mother! I know how, remember Julie?” Zoe said.

“Julie was a great dog, and you knew how to take care of her,” her mother agreed. “But Joey wasn’t born yet,” her mother argued. “But you can have this dog,” her mother finally said.

“Thank you millions!” Zoe yelled, throwing her arms around her mother.

The dog barked then tried to lick Zoe through the bars cage. Zoe laughed. Her mother frowned.

“Get your dog, and lets get out of here. Joey is sure going to be disappointed.

“Mother, you don’t know that for sure,” Zoe said.

“Oh yes I do, Joey told me he hates dogs.”

“Oh, right, of course, how could I forget?” Zoe wondered, sarcastically.

“Just get your dog!” her mother yelled.

Zoe jumped, and then did what she was told. To get her dog.

“Excuse me sir, oh, Eliot, I would like this dog over here,” Zoe said pointing to the little beagle’s cage.

“Which one little miss? There are two. The yellow lab, or the beagle?” Eliot said.

“Eliot, I’ll take care of this, you can have lunch now,” Emma said.

“Thank you Emma, I’ll be on my way.”

“Hi, what’s your name?” Emma asked Zoe.

“I’m Zoe. May I have the beagle, in that cage over there?” Zoe asked Emma.

“Sure, I’ll get the keys,” Emma said. Zoe smiled.

“Thank you, I’ll be waiting by her cage,” Zoe said.

“Okay, I’ll give you all the information you need, when I get back,” Emma said.

Zoe nodded. Soon, Emma returned with the keys. Zoe was very happy, when Emma opened the cage, and took out the scraggly little puppy. She handed it to Zoe.

“Is it a girl or boy?” Zoe asked between licks that the puppy was giving her.

“It’s a girl, and girls are much better to have, in my opinion. Not in Eliot’s opinion however,” Emma said smiling.

Zoe giggled.

“When can I take her home?” Emma asked.

Right after you pay, pick out a bed, and some toys, and food and water dishes,” Emma explained.

“Okay, I’ll do it right now.”


“Mom! Look at this adorable purple collar! It has silver jewels, pretty as a princess!” Zoe shouted.

“That was not on Emma’s list of things for the dog,” her mother said. “Let’s not get to spendy,” she continued.

“Mother, it’s only $1.00,” she begged.

Zoe looked down at the little beagle in her arms. The beagle looked at her mother, and did a cute, sad, puppy face.

“Oh all right, throw it in the cart,” she said.

“Thank you mother,” she said, pushing the cart toward the counter.

“Is this all the stuff I need?” Zoe asked.

“Quite enough,” her mother mumbled.

“Mother, I wasn’t asking you,” Zoe said, turning toward Emma.

“Yep, that’s all you need,” she told Zoe.

“Okay thanks. Mother, it’s my birthday gift, you pay,” Zoe said.

Her mother stepped forward.

“That would be $125.45 please,” Emma said kindly.

Her Mother paid.

“Lets get out of here,” her mom whispered.

Zoe shrugged.


She kissed the puppy on top of her head.

“We have to name her tonight,” Zoe said.

“Yes, you do,” her mother said, on the car ride home.

“Oh yeah, she’s my pup,” Zoe said smiling.

“Yup. I won’t take care of her, or your brother, or your sister, or your dad,” she finished.

“Duh,” Zoe said quietly.

“Don’t you start with me young lady,” her mother said. Yes ma’am,” Zoe said.

“Very well, we’re home,” she said.

“Hi dad!” Zoe said.

“Hi! What pet did you get?” he asked, happily.

I’ll show you in the living room,” Zoe said holding up a box with her dog in it.

“Okay, whatever you say,” he said.

“Hi Bruce,” Zoe’s mother said.

“Hello Quinn!” Bruce said, smiling at her mother.

“Daddy! Come on! Joey and Allie are already in here,” Zoe yelled.

“Okay, I’m coming with your mother!” he yelled back.

He led Quinn into the living room.

“Okay, I’ll open the box. The famous, pretty PUPPY!” She yelled, opening the top of the box.

“A-Achoo!” Joey sneezed his life out.

“You’d better get out of here Joey. You’ll DIE, because of your Allergies,” Zoe said, pushing him out of the room.

He coughed loudly. Mommy! Help me! Zoe pushed me!” he coughed again.

“Zoe, take that dog to your room, immediately,” Quinn said.

“Sorry Zo Zo. Do what your mother says,” Bruce said. Zoe frowned. “I think she’s cute, can I come with you to your room?” Zoe’s 15-year-old sister Allie said.

“Sure, I’d love for you to come and play with her with me,” Zoe said smiling at her sister.

“See ya later dad!” Allie said, following Zoe to her room.

Zoe opened her door, and let the puppy and Allie come in. Then she shut the door behind her.


“Lets name her,” Allie said.

“Okay, what about… hmm, Lila?” Zoe said.

“No, she doesn’t look like one. She has a bunch of freckles,” Allie said. “Let’s name her Freckles!” Allie suggested.

“Oh yes! That is adorable! Come here Freckles!” Zoe tried the name out.

The puppy perked up her head, and trotted over to them.

“Good girl! You are such a good girl,” Zoe cooed.

“Let’s set up her bed, and all the rest of her stuff,” Allie said.

“Good idea. Where should her bed go?” Zoe asked.

“Probably by your bed. That way, she is close to you in the night, so you

can pick her up and snuggle her,” Allie said.

“Okay, I hope she likes to snuggle,” Zoe said.

Freckles barked.

“Woof! Woof, woof, woof!” Freckles barked.

“She’s probably hungry,” Allie said, walking to the bag of food.

Zoe took out the purple food and water dishes. Allie poured food and water into them. Freckles ran over and sniffed. Then she gobbled up all the food and licked up every bit of water.

“Poor dog, she’s real hungry,” Zoe observed.

“Yeah, I’d better get out of here. It’s almost 11:00.”

“Oh, please spend the night in my room,” Zoe said, pulling out the trundle of her bed.

“Okay, I will,” Allie said, helping Zo spread the blanket.

“Yay! Freckles can sleep between us tonight, if you want,” Zoe said, hurrying to her dresser.

“I’ll go to my room to get my pajama’s on, and brush my teeth. I’ll meet you here,” Allie said.

“Okay,” Zoe said.


“Good morning mother!” said Zoe.

Her mother did not seem pleased.

“I went to check on you last night, and I saw ALLIE SLEEPING IN THERE! HOW COULD YOU? IT”S ALL BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID DOG!” screamed Quinn.

“Mom, I can explain-


Zoe screamed then ran to her room and slammed the door.

“Allie, we’re not going to Maddie’s house, all because of me! I’m so sorry for talking you into it-

“Honk Shoo,” Allie snored.

“Grrrr!” Zoe yelled, and shook Allie awake.

“Ewwt thus mumff gfrw,” Allie stretched and moaned.


“Zoe, it’ s not your fault. I agreed. Really,” Allie assured me.

“Really? But I really wanted to visit Maddie. It’s like vacation, all the way in Hawaii. We have to beg.”

“Zoe, no. Mom will totally kill us. Anyway, we have a dog. And we got to take care of Freckles.”

Freckles barked at the sound of her name.

“Yeah, she’s the Best dog in the world. And that will never change,” Zoe said.

She picked up Freckles, and sat on her bed. She sighed. Then someone knocked on her door.

“Zoe, I was too harsh on you, according to your father. Go ahead and finish packing. We’re leaving at 2:00 to go to the airport,” her mother said.

“Yippee! Thanks mom! Allie, you should probably get out of here, before mom changes her mind,” Zoe said. “Mom, can Freckles come?” Zoe asked.

“Why not?” she said.

“Thanks so much, mom!” she said opening the door.

“I love you girls!” Quinn said, hugging them both.


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