“Where are we going?” I ask. “It’s a surprise,” Daddy says. We get into the car. We go to the pet shop. That is Daddy’s surprise!
I see birds. “Would you like a bird?” The lady asks. I think. A bird would sing. A bird would sit on my finger. A bird would fly. But a bird could never play outside. It would fly away. “I do not think I want a bird,” I say.
I see mice. “Would you like a mouse?” The lady asks. I think. A mouse would run through a tube. A mouse would sit in my hand. A mouse would hide in my pocket. But a mouse might get lost. “I do not think I want a mouse,” I say.
I see snakes. “Would you like a snake?” the lady asks. I think. A snake might be fun. A snake would wrap around my arm. A snake would slide across the floor. But a snake might make Mommy scream. “I do not think I want a snake,” I say.
I see cats. “Would you like a cat?” the lady asks. I think. A cat would purr when I pet her. A cat would chase things. A cat would play. But a cat would not play with me at the park. “I do not think I want a cat,” I say.
I see dogs. “Would you like a dog?” the lady asks. I think. A dog would play chase. A dog would go for walks and play at the park. A dog would sleep on my bed and be my best friend! “I would! I would like a dog!” I say.
We look at the dogs. One dog makes me laugh. “Ruff!” she says. “This one,” I say. “I want this one!”
I name her Aggie.