When I was around 10-11 years old we lived in this house that was kinda creepy. We were told that a hoarder lady had lived there before us and had died in the house… a lot of weird stuff happened but that’s a story for another time.

I was in charge of myself and my younger brother who was around 8 or 9 years old. I remember one day 2 puppies showing up. A male and female we promptly named “ big Dan” and “Lil Ann” inspired by the book “Where the Red Ferns Grow.” Big Dan was huge and super fluffy while Lil Ann was smooth and kinda small just like the book characters. They looked to be some kind of chow/lab mix. They were so sweet and gentle with us. Not like typical rambunctious puppies. When we would go inside one would go to the front door and the other to the back door. They followed us around as we played outside too. It is one of my favorite memories with having a dog as a kid.

We begged our dad to keep them and he wouldn’t hear of it since school was starting up soon and we just wouldn’t have the time to take care of them. Of course, we were so bummed out about it. And then one day after we had started back to school they didn’t come around anymore. I like to think they were angels in disguise for 2 kids running around for the summer and kept us out of trouble while our parents had to work.

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