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46. Jenny's First Pets (1)
Jenny had always wanted a pet of her
. She wanted something to take care of, someone
be there whenever she came back home, and
of all, an animal to be best friends
. Jenny would constantly ask her dad to buy
a pet, but her dad always refused. Jenny's
knew having a pet was a big responsibility.
did not think Jenny was ready to own
pet at ten years old, and that was
what he told her when she asked for
. "When will I be ready?" Jenny asked one
. "Wait until you're twelve," Jenny's dad replied. This
good news for Jenny. All she had to
now was to be patient.
Two years had
. Jenny had been counting down the days on
calendar. The morning of her twelfth birthday, Jenny
on her dad's bed and immediately reminded him
what he had said two years ago. "Have
decided on what pet to get?" Jenny's dad
. Jenny could not respond. She had not made
her mind on what kind of pet she
. "Let me think about it," she said and
to her room.
Jenny took into consideration all
pets she could imagine. She imagined a white
cat that she'd name Tabby or a large
golden retriever that she'd name Yellow and play
with in the afternoons. She imagined owning colorful
that she'd name Polly and have conversations with
she felt lonely. After an hour of weighing
the options, Jenny had made up her mind.
's dad was surprised when he found out what
his daughter had chosen. "I want a horse,"
declared when she walked back into her dad's
. "How about something a little less expensive," he
to Jenny. "A pony?" she cleverly replied. "Let's
to the pet shop," Jenny's dad said.