Bo and Ms. Beanz

Bo and Ms. Beanz by Jane Kirkland Read Free Book Online

Book: Bo and Ms. Beanz by Jane Kirkland Read Free Book Online
Authors: Jane Kirkland
Chapter One
    This is Bo. He is adopted. We don’t know much about his past, but he must have had a very hard life. After we adopted him, we noticed that he limps. So we took him to the vet.
    The vet took x-rays. He saw pieces of bullets in Bo’s leg and in his chest, too. He said Bo’s leg didn’t heal properly, so it is shorter than the others. That’s why Bo limps.
    Bo was shot long before we adopted him. We don’t know who shot him or why. The doctor said Bo is not in pain.
    The vet thinks that Bo was about three years old when we adopted him. No one knows for sure.
    Bo was very afraid of us when we brought him home. He was afraid of every human. We knew we had to help Bo to get over his fear of people and we knew it might not be easy.
    Why do you think Bo was so afraid?

    During the first week at our house, Bo wouldn’t look at us. He wouldn’t eat, play, or come to us when we called.
    Bo was sad and afraid. He didn’t know that we would never be mean to an animal.
    We knew that Bo didn’t trust us. He didn’t know us well enough to trust us. We didn’t try to make him trust us. We didn’t try to make him like us. In fact, we didn’t try to make him do anything. We just let him have the time and space he needed until he felt safe.
    We even tried to speak quietly in the house and were careful not to make any loud noises. We didn’t want to frighten Bo.
    Every day he became a little less afraid.

    One day we took Bo to the dog park. He played with the other dogs and had a lot of fun. We could see he was happy. On that day, he smiled.
    We think Bo is a beautiful dog. He has brown eyes. He has some pink on his nose. The bottoms of his paws are pink, too. One of his top front teeth is missing but you can’t see it. He has beautiful golden fur with white on his face and his paws. His tail has a white tip just like a fox!
    Bo’s smile is my favorite part of him. Today Bo smiles more than any dog I ever met. He smiles all the time.
    Have you ever seen a dog smile?
    Do you have a dog? If you do, what’s your favorite thing about your dog?

    We live at a lake. We took Bo to the water. We discovered he likes to swim. When Bo swims, he smiles!
    Bo has webbed feet. His webbed feet help him to be a very good swimmer. Webbed feet have skin between the toes. Ducks and geese have webbed feet, too. Animals with webbed feet are good swimmers.
    Have you ever seen a dog swim?
    Have you ever seen other animals swim? Which ones?

    Bo loves to climb. His bad leg doesn’t stop him from climbing. He likes to be up high. Maybe he feels safe when he is up high because he can see farther. Wherever we go, if there is something Bo can climb, he will.
    Bo climbs onto big rocks and jumps onto stone walls. He climbs up hills and hops onto park benches. He climbs onto fallen tree trunks and he even likes to climb on the bleachers at the little league ball field. Bo is a very good climber. He is the King of the Hill!
    We love Bo. It took almost a year for him to grow strong and brave, to trust us, and to like being with us all the time. He is a happy dog now. We are his friends and he is our friend.
    Are you a good friend to any animals or people? What makes you their good friend? What makes them your good friend?

Chapter Two
Bo’s Friends
    Bo likes dogs. He has many dog friends that live on our street.
    Baily is a Yellow Labrador Retriever. She is the oldest dog in the group and she’s twelve years old.

    Brandy is a Golden Retriever. She is the fastest runner in the group.
    Coal is a Labradoodle. That is a Lab mixed with a Poodle. He is Bo’s best buddy.
    Zeus is a Cockapoo. That is a Cocker Spaniel mixed with a Poodle. He is the smallest in the group.
    Sadie is a Poodle. She is the tallest in the group.
    Spencer is a Cocker Spaniel. He is the youngest in the group and he is six months old.
    Bo has other friends too, but these are the friends he plays with

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