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86. An Old Dog
“Rex is very sick,” Lucy’s mom said. “Is
going to die?” Lucy asked. “Yes, I’m afraid
,” mom said. “I’m going to take him to
vet.” Lucy wanted to go along. “Okay, but
not to cry, okay?” mom asked. Lucy said
wouldn’t cry. Mom carried Rex out to the
. She put him in the back seat. He
a little dog. He was 12 years old.
was the same age as Lucy. They drove
the vet. The vet looked at Rex. He
he could not do anything for Rex. “Rex
on his last legs,” the vet said. He
mom she could take Rex home and wait
him to die. Or the vet could simply
Rex to sleep. “Let’s put him to sleep,”
said. “That way he won’t suffer.” Mom said
was a good idea. They left Rex with
vet. “We can get another dog for you
you want,” mom told Lucy on the way
. “Can we get a kitten instead?” Lucy asked.