A snippet from chapter 13

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“Hi, everyone. Look who we bumped into at the park!” Tyrone announced as they walked into the backyard.

“Sara! You made it.” Maria was glad to see her friend. Everyone was so happy when they saw Sara.

Teddy was so excited to see the friends who just arrived that he started running around them. He was weaving in and out and all around when all of a sudden there was an excited little “woof-woof” from the back door. Teddy skidded to a stop. His eyes lit up, and he spun in circles. Then he ran up to Angus, licked his nose, bounced back, turned in another circle, and took off with Angus close behind him. The two puppies were running all over the backyard; first it was Angus chasing Teddy and then Teddy chasing Angus.

Before anyone had a chance to say anything, there was a loud thump and two little yelps. The two puppies had collided head on in the middle of the yard. They both sat there shaking their heads, confused.

Benjamin and Reid walked over, picked up the two puppies, and rubbed their little heads. “Silly Teddy!” Benjamin whispered in the puppy’s ear.

Maria looked at her nonna. “Is now a good time to give them their surprises?” she asked. “I’m so glad you are here, Sara! Would you like to give Angus his present?”

The boys put Teddy and Angus back down on the grass, and the two girls gave the puppies the new stuffed animals they had made for them. Nonna gave Melissa hers, and Melissa gave Nonna a gentle kiss. Teddy and Angus had fun tossing their stuffed animals in the air and then running to catch them before they hit the ground.

Sara and Maria watched how happy the puppies were. Maria looked at Sara and smiled. “I know you are sad about what happened, but I am really happy you are here with all of us.”chapter 13

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