When Leo was about six months old, one day, bright and early, Mama and Papa called him over for a chat.
‘Leo puppy’, said Papa, ‘would you like a play-mate? You had such a good time playing with Milo, would you like someone to play with all the time?’
‘Yes, yes of course, Papa’, said Leo
‘Let’s go then’, said Mama, ‘to meet your new playmate’
And so Papa drove them over to a house close by. Inside the house was a stout Mama Dog, and Leo puppy went forward to pay his respects. Suddenly he felt something on his leg. He looked down to see what was pinching him. And there was a little walking-talking toy which was trying to chew his leg.
Leo puppy decided to pick up the toy and keep it aside but as soon as he put the toy in his mouth, the toy started squeaking. Leo puppy dropped the toy in shock. The he looked around to see that Mama dog was laughing really loudly. And so were Mama and Papa.
At that, Olive yipped and ran around Leo puppy, inviting him to play.
Leo puppy was all to happy to play with her. But all to soon Papa said it was time to leave. And imagine Leo’s surprise when Olive got into the car with them.
And Mama put Olive on her Lap!
By the time they got home, Leo was not a happy puppy, not at all.
Leo puppy looked at Papa with tears in his eyes and said ‘Papa, I thought I would go over to Olive’s house to play, I didn’t know she would come and stay with us!’
‘Leo Puppy, I should have explained better’, said Papa. ‘Olive is now your little sister and we went to get her home. We want you to love her and protect her, she is such a tiny little thing, isn’t she. And you had so much fun playing with her din’t you?
‘Yes, yes I did Papa’, said Leo, brightening up a little.
But then he looked sad again and said, ‘But Mama loves me less already’
So Papa gathered Leo puppy in his strong arms and said to Leo, ‘Leo Puppy, the most amazing thing about Love is that when there are more people to love, our hearts grow bigger and there is more love to give for everybody. Now that Ollie has come into our lives, the love in our house has doubled.
Just then Ollie rushed out and started nipping at Papa’s feet. Leo puppy gave Papa a big lick on the face and jumped down to chase his little sister.