Julie got Romeo for her
was a Sheltie. He looked just
like a little Lassie.
Bob bought Romeo from a man on a
farm. But Bob didn’t like
dogs much. They chewed his
shoes and barked at cars and jumped on the sofa.
Romeo did all those things and more.
A Sheltie’s job is to make
sure the sheep don’t get lost. But
Bob and Julie lived in the city. There
were no sheep to guard in the city. So
Romeo tried to herd Bob.
Every night Bob went out to
water the yard. Every night
Romeo barked and bit his heels and pulled at his socks to keep him in
line. Over and over, Bob
said, “No, Romeo! Stop it!” Every
night Romeo ran in circles, barking. And every night the man next door opened his window and
yelled, “Can’t you keep that dog quiet?”
Bob always seemed mad at Romeo. Julie was always mad at Bob, and so was the man next door.
Romeo wasn’t mad at anyone, but he missed the sheep and the big
green fields. He was a Sheltie! He
liked playing with Bob in the yard and taking Bob and Julie for walks.
When they went for walks, Bob
tried to teach Romeo how to go home. He wanted Romeo to find the way
home when they went to the mailbox. He wanted Romeo to find the way
home when they walked to the video store. He wanted Romeo to find
the way home when they jogged. But Romeo didn’t pay attention.
He liked to bark at all the dogs in back yards. He liked to
sniff the bushes and curbs.
One night when Julie was busy,
Bob took Romeo for a jog around the park.
The park was empty. On
his last lap Bob missed the curb as he got to the street.
Bob fell and twisted his ankle.
When he tried to stand, he couldn’t walk.
No one was near, and Bob didn’t have a way to call Julie.
“Go home, Romeo, go home!” Bob begged. Romeo
didn’t move. He sat next to
Bob and barked. He licked
Bob’s ankle. He licked his
face. He just barked and
barked. Bob put his head in
his hands and moaned.
Julie was worried.
Bob and Romeo had been gone a long time. She went out in the yard to look up the street.
Then she heard a sound she knew.
It was far away. She got in the car and drove toward the sound.
She found Bob and Romeo on the curb.
Bob was very happy to see Julie. He patted Romeo and hugged his neck. “You’re some dog,” he said.
He put his arm around Julie and hopped on one foot to the car.
“I guess Romeo knows how to
take care of lost sheep,”
Julie said, smiling at her family.
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