A store owner was tacking a sign
above his door that read

"Puppies For Sale."

Signs like that have a way of attracting
small children and sure enough,
a little boy appeared
under the store owner's sign.
"How much are you going to
sell the puppies for?" he asked.
The store owner replied,
"Anywhere from $30 to $50."
The little boy reached in his pocket
and pulled out some change.
"I have $2.37," he said.

"Can I please look at them?"
The store owner smiled and whistled
and out of the kennel came Lady,
who ran down the aisle of his store
followed by five teeny,tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging,
considerably behind. Immediately
the little boy singled out the lagging,
limping puppy and said, What's wrong
with that little dog?"
The store owner explained that
the veterinarian had examined
the little puppy and had discovered
it didn't have a hip socket.
It would always limp.
It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited.
"That is the little puppy that I want to buy."
The store owner said,
"No, you don't want
to buy that little dog.
If you really want him,
I'll just give him to you."

The little boy got
quite upset. He looked straight into
the store owner's eyes,
pointing his finger,and said,
"I don't want you to give him to me".
That little dog is worth every bit
as much as all the other dogs
and I'll pay full price.
In fact,I'll give you $2.37 now,
and 50 cents a month until
I have him paid for."

The store owner countered,
"You really don't want to buy
this little dog.
He is never going to be able
to run and jump and play with you
like the other puppies." To this,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 store owner
and softly replied,
"Well,I don't run so well myself,
and the little puppy will need....
Someone Who will love him as he is."