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The Story of Old Shep
By Verna Elaine Ririe

Old ShepEarly one Sunday morning I woke up and looked out the window at the trees in our yard. Underneath one of the trees sat the dirtiest, shaggiest, yellow dog I had ever seen. I called to my brother Wayne and we decided this dog was definitely hungry. Wayne fed him a package of hot dogs and when we arrived home from church, the dog was still there.

When Dad arrived home late in the day I begged him to let us keep the dog. I had already named him "Old Shep" and just knew he would be the best dog ever. Dad replied, "We will keep him until we can find his owners." Several weeks went by and Old Shep soon became my companion and shadow. One night Dad came home and said, "I found out who that dog belongs to. A family who lives between here and Idaho Falls went on a trip and neighbors were supposed to feed the dog. I guess they forgot and the dog broke loose and ended up here. Now that we know who he belongs to, we'll have to return him."

The next morning Mother and I got up and got ready to go to town. We put Old Shep in the back of the pickup and returned him to his owners. Then we went on to town to do our shopping. When we got home, guess who was on our front lawn?

Old Shep!

The next day, Mother and I got up, got ready, put Old Shep in the back of the pickup and again returned him to his owners on our way to town. We went on and did our shopping and when we came home, Guess who was on our front lawn?

Old Shep!

The third day, we got ready, put Old Shep in the pickup and took him back to his owners yet again. Mother said, "You had better tie this dog up so he won't run away again." They said they would and we went on to town to do our shopping. When we came home, guess who was on our front lawn?

Old Shep!

The owners called and said, "It is obvious that this dog would rather live with you than with us, so you can have him." And that is how Old Shep became our dog.

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