When eight year-old Storee Wryter wants to convince her parents that it’s a good idea to adopt a puppy she has her work cut out for her. She already has an opinionated cat named Critique and a full schedule of after schools activities. Will she have time to properly care for a boisterous puppy?
To complicate matters, Storee’s friend and neighbor Kyria who brought the puppy over, not only wants Storee to adopt the puppy, but asks they train her as a therapy dog as well.
Uh-oh added work and added expense. The Wryter family needs to know a lot more about what they could be getting into before making a decision. So, they invite Kyria’s father over for a meeting.
Like many meeting involving family decisions this one take place around the kitchen table. Understandably, Storee is nervous and her parents are skeptical when Mr. Henry arrives. He hopes to convince the family that taking on a new pet and one with a job at that, can be done without too much disruption.
Mrs. Wryter wants her guest to feel welcome without conveying too much weight to the visit. A bowl of chips and some coffee do the trick. It’s the type of finger food one offers a neighbor who happens to drop by. It’s easy to prepare, easy to eat, and easy to scoop away to signal the end of a visit.
Once the decision is made and Storee begins to train Addie, she uses puppy snacks to show approval when a lesson goes well. Dogs and people understand that treats are a sign everyone is happy and when Critique watches and begins to follow commands too the pets begin to bond in unexpected ways.
In the end, when Addie is trained and Storee takes her into a school for the first time to work with children having trouble learning to read, Storee and her family celebrate what Addie has learned and how well Storee has met her new responsibilities. When Kyria drops by she is invited to stay and enjoy a piece of warm apple pie and a merging of family and friends dedicated to helping others.
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