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Zappy was one of the friendliest and happiest puppies that you ever did meet. Everybody loved Zappy because he was so kind to everyone and so much fun to be with. But Zappy had one big problem: he could not keep a secret to save his life.
Zappy, who got excited about even the littlest things, considered secrets very exciting, and, as hard as he tried, he simply could not stop himself from telling! Zappy’s loose lips were always getting him in big trouble with his friends. Like the time he accidentally told Lucy Goose what she was getting for Christmas. Or the time he promised not to tell anyone that Whiskers Cat’s middle name was…Eugene!
In spite of Zappy’s bad habit of spilling the beans, his friends couldn’t stay angry with him for long. And one day, when it was almost Zappy’s birthday, Lucy Goose called together all of Zappy’s closest friends and suggested that they throw a surprise party for Zappy.
Whiskers Cat, Shelly Turtle, and Pinky Rabbit all agreed that this was an excellent idea. “Zappy is so kind and so helpful,” they said. “He deserves a special birthday party.”
“That’s what I think, too,” Lucy replied. “But remember, we have to keep the party a secret.”
“As long as Zappy isn’t in on it, we shouldn’t have too much trouble,” joked Pinky.
“Finally: a secret that will be kept!” laughed Whiskers.
So the four friends set to work getting ready for the party. They invited all of the animals they could think of. They made decorations, prepared food, and wrapped presents. They even ordered a triple-decker banana-cream birthday cake from Farrah Fox’s Bakery.
Because Zappy did not know about his own party, the other animals had no trouble keeping the secret—that is, until the day Zappy wandered into the bakery. He was in the mood for a cupcake, so he ordered a vanilla one with caramel frosting and waited while Farrah took it out of the case.
“I’ve sure been busy this week!” she remarked.
“That’s great,” grinned Zappy. “You must have a lot of orders to fill.”
“Yes,” said Farrah. “As a matter of fact, Lucy Goose just ordered a triple-decker banana-cream birthday cake for someone’s party.” Farrah had no idea the cake was for Zappy.
But Zappy quickly figured it out. Banana-cream was his favorite kind of cake, he had a birthday coming up—and, come to think about it, his friends had been acting pretty strange lately. Almost…secretive.
With a gasp, Zappy put his paw to his mouth. He had figured it out. His friends were throwing him a surprise birthday party! Zappy felt flattered—but terrible! He shouldn’t know about the party yet. His friends would be so disappointed if they knew he’d found out.
There was only one thing to do—and Zappy sure hoped he could do it. He was going to have to keep secret the fact that he knew about his own surprise party! For the sake of his friends’ feelings, Zappy kept his lips zipped over the next few days. It was very difficult.
But what do you know? When Zappy’s birthday finally arrived, he acted just as surprised about the party as he would have been if he hadn’t gone to the bakery that day. None of Zappy’s friends ever guessed that he had known about the party. For once, Zappy had kept his mouth shut in order to protect his friends’ feelings.
And it was the happiest birthday that Zappy had ever had!
Zappy the happy puppy and his friends were all looking forward to the play they were going to put on at the end of the school year. Their teacher, Ms. Chickadee, had written it herself.
It was about a family who went on vacation together. The family stayed at a cabin in the woods. Every day, they would go out hiking or boating. Every afternoon when they returned, their cabin would be a mess, and food would be missing.
The family could not figure out who was stealing their food—until the day they hid out and spotted a bear breaking into their cabin. After that, the family made friends with the bear, and everyone learned an important lesson about respecting others’ things and sharing.
Zappy was excited because he had landed one of the starring roles in the play. Zappy was going to be the bear himself! He had lots of fun during rehearsals because he got to make a mess of the cabin set. He made funny bear noises as he did it. All of Zappy’s friends agreed that Zappy was perfect for the role.
Every afternoon after school, Zappy’s class met in the gym to practice the play. They more they rehearsed, the better they got, until finally, it was time for the play itself!
Zappy walked home from the last rehearsal with his friends.
“I can’t believe this is it!” cried Shelly Turtle, who was playing one of the children in the family.
“I know!” agreed Pinky Rabbit, who was playing her brother. “Tonight, we’ll be in the spotlight. Hundreds of friends and family members will overflow the gym, just to see us perform!”
“Pretty cool, isn’t it?” asked Lucy Goose, who was playing the mother.
“Very exciting!” agreed Whiskers Cat, who was playing the father.
All of a sudden, Zappy could hardly swallow. What was the matter with him? He had been so calm during rehearsals. And anyone could tell you that Zappy the puppy was far from shy. So, why did the thought of spotlights and a jam-packed audience suddenly make him feel shaky inside?
Zappy hurried home and took a bath. He tried to eat a sandwich—but he was too nervous to take more than a few bites. Finally, Zappy told Grandma Dog how he was feeling. “What is wrong with me?” he asked.
Grandma laughed gently. “Nothing’s wrong with you, Zappy. You just have stage fright. It’s very common. Take a deep breath, and when you’re on the stage tonight, simply pretend you’re at another rehearsal. You’ll do wonderfully.”
Zappy wasn’t sure about that. But he decided to follow her advice and see. When it came time for Zappy to make his first appearance onstage, he was so nervous, he could hardly breathe. But Zappy took a deep breath and did his best to act natural.
To his surprise, after just a few minutes, he felt completely comfortable once more—just like he had during rehearsals. Grandma Dog sure knew what she was talking about!
At the end of the play, Zappy and his cast mates took their bows, and the audience erupted into applause.
Grinning from ear to ear, Zappy had never felt happier. Tonight, he and his friends had “brought down the house!”
Using what you know about Zappy’s play, round up a few friends and act it out for yourselves! Make sure the play emphasizes the importance of sharing. Maybe you can even put on a performance for your family!
“Honestly, Zappy,” Grandma Dog said one morning at breakfast, “this strange behavior of yours has got to stop.”
Zappy the puppy just stared. What was she taking about?
“Huh?” he asked.
Grandma Dog sighed. “For the last three nights in a row, you’ve awakened me around two o’clock in the morning. You come into my room and shake me, and then when I ask you what’s going on, you simply turn and walk away. What is that all about?”
“Grandma!” gasped Zappy. “I never did that. I never wake up in the middle of the night. You must have been having the same strange dream, again and again.”
Grandma frowned. “I really don’t think so, Zappy.” But she was as puzzled as Zappy was. She believed Zappy when he said that he hadn’t been in her room. Maybe she was dreaming.
That Friday night, Zappy and his friend Whiskers Cat had a sleepover at Pinky Rabbit’s house. In the morning, Pinky’s dad made pancakes for breakfast.
“You really scared Pearl last night,” Pinky told Zappy, dumping maple syrup all over his pancakes.
“That’s right,” agreed Pinky’s little sister Pearl. “What were you doing, Zappy? Why did you come into my room and wake me up, and why didn’t you say anything to me when I asked you what was wrong?”
Zappy stared at Pearl. “Pearl!” he cried. “I never went into your room. I was sleeping in Pinky’s room the whole time.”
“Don’t look at Pinky and me,” Whiskers added. “We couldn’t tell you what happened; we were fast asleep, too.”
Pearl shook her head. “It couldn’t have been a dream,” she murmured.
The following Tuesday, Grandma Dog told Zappy that she’d seen him in her room again. “And don’t tell me I was dreaming, Zappy,” she added. “Something strange is going on here. I’m going to take you to the doctor after school.”
Zappy gulped. The doctor! Was Grandma afraid that something was seriously wrong with him? What could it be? Was Zappy losing his memory? Was that why he could not remember going into Grandma’s room or Pearl’s room at night?
All through the school day, Zappy fretted. If something was terribly wrong with him, he just wanted to know about it and get it over with. All this suspense was killing him!
After school, Grandma picked Zappy up and drove him straight to Dr. Owl’s office.
Dr. Owl had been Zappy’s doctor since he was born, and she always made him feel comfortable. Even so, Zappy was nervous to tell her about losing his memory.
But to his surprise, Dr. Owl just laughed. “I don’t think you have to worry about your memory, Zappy,” she said. “I think that what we’re dealing with here is a simple case of sleepwalking.”
“Sleepwalking?” gasped Zappy.
“Just as I suspected,” smiled Grandma.
“Of course!” exclaimed Zappy. It seemed so obvious now. He was flooded with relief that nothing terrible was wrong with him. Now Grandma knew why Zappy had come into her room at night. Tomorrow at school, Zappy would ask Pinky to explain it to Pearl, too.
That afternoon, Dr. Owl prescribed Zappy some medicine that would discourage him from sleepwalking. “You won’t have to take this for long,” she said. “My guess is that you will soon outgrow the sleepwalking altogether.”
So that night—and all the nights after—Zappy slept soundly…and stayed in his bed!
One snowy day, Zappy the puppy and his friends were out walking in the woods.
“I love the woods in the winter,” said Lucy Goose.
“Me, too!” agreed Whiskers Cat. “The snow makes everything look magical.”
“I caught a snowflake on my tongue!” cheered Pinky Rabbit.
“That’s easy to do; there are a lot of snowflakes falling,” giggled Shelly Turtle.
Zappy glanced around. There sure were a lot of snowflakes. Before he had left his house that morning, Grandma Dog had warned him not to go too far into the woods. A fierce snowstorm was predicted for that evening.
But Zappy wasn’t worried. The evening was hours away. And he was having a lot of fun with his friends. So much fun, in fact, that Zappy had not paid much attention to how far the five of them had wandered.
The friends trudged on through the growing blanket of snow, looking for cardinals in the treetops and admiring the icicles that dangled from branches all around, making the woods seem like an enchanted land out of a fairy tale.
All of a sudden, the wind picked up speed. It took hold of Lucy’s scarf and whisked it away.
“Hey!” cried Lucy, trying to chase the wind. But it was no use; the wind was much too fast for her.
“That wind sure came up suddenly,” remarked Whiskers.
“The storm must be blowing in early,” said Shelly. She looked as worried as Zappy felt.
“We should probably turn around and head back,” said Zappy.
His friends agreed. But going back the opposite way was even more difficult. The wind was in their faces now, and the snow was coming down harder. Huffing and puffing, the friends trudged on for a few more miles.
“Shouldn’t we be home by now?” Pinky finally asked.
“If we’d gone in the right direction, we would be,” Zappy answered glumly.
Through the sheeting snow, the five friends stared at each other in dismay. They knew they were lost.
“There’s no way we’ll ever be able to find our way home in this storm,” Whiskers said. “We need to find shelter.”
It took a while, but the friends were finally able to locate a hollowed out space inside the trunk of an old oak tree. They huddled inside, shivering against each other and trying to stay warm.
Zappy felt like crying. If only he had taken Grandma Dog’s warning seriously, he could have prevented himself and his friends from going so far into the woods and getting lost.
It was beginning to get dark out now, and the woods seemed scary and lonely. Zappy and his friends were so exhausted, that despite their fear and the terrible cold, they all fell into an uneasy sleep.
They woke up to the sounds of a rescue squad! Search parties had been sent into the woods to find Zappy and his friends—and they had succeeded!
Zappy rushed through the thick falling snow to Grandma Dog’s side. He was so glad she had gone along with the rescue squad.
“Grandma,” sobbed Zappy, “I’m sorry! I should have listened to you. Next time, I promise that I will do what you say, no matter what.”
Grandma hugged him tightly. “Zappy,” she said, “you had me worried sick. I love you so much, and I don’t want anything to happen to you. I’m so glad you’re safe!”
“Me, too,” agreed Zappy. “And I’ll stay that way—because next time, I’m going to listen!”
Grandma Dog’s birthday was coming up, and Zappy the happy puppy had no idea what to get for her. Especially since Grandma kept telling him, “I have everything I want and need. I’m perfectly content, so don’t bother with a gift this year, Zappy.”
“But I want to give you a gift,” Zappy would reply. “I want to make your birthday special.”
Grandma would smile and pat Zappy’s cheek. “You make every day special, Zappy,” she’d assure him. “Just by being you.”
Although Grandma’s words made Zappy feel happy, they hadn’t changed his mind: He still wanted to get her a present she would love. He decided to ask for the help of his friends.
First stop: Shelly Turtle’s house. When Zappy told Shelly about his dilemma, Shelly suggested, “Why don’t you get your grandma something she can use up, like candles or soap? My grandma always appreciates things that are practical and don’t take up a lot of room.”
But Zappy didn’t think that candles or soap sounded special enough for Grandma Dog.
Second stop: Whiskers Cat’s house. When Zappy told Whiskers about his dilemma, Whiskers suggested, “Why don’t you make your grandma a cake or a loaf of sweet bread? Everyone appreciates something they can eat, after all.”
But Zappy didn’t think that cake or sweet bread sounded special enough for Grandma Dog, either.
Third stop: Lucy Goose’s house. When Zappy told Lucy about his dilemma, Lucy suggested, “Why don’t you get your grandma a gift certificate to have her nails painted or her fur styled? Every lady appreciates being pampered once in a while.”
But Zappy didn’t think that a manicure or a fur-style sounded special enough for Grandma Dog.
Fourth stop: Pinky Rabbit’s house. When Zappy told Pinky about his dilemma, Pinky suggested, “Why don’t you help your grandma by cleaning the house or washing the windows? My parents always appreciate it when I give them gifts like that.”
Zappy already helped out a lot around the house, and he would continue to. But he didn’t think that cleaning the house or washing the windows sounded like a special enough birthday present for Grandma Dog.
Feeling discouraged, Zappy walked home the long way. As he did, he happened to pass the stationery store at the edge of town. The front windows showed a special photo-album display. Looking at it reminded Zappy of Grandma’s words: “You make every day special, Zappy. Just by being you.”
All of a sudden, Zappy had a wonderful idea! He rushed into the stationery store and bought a pretty photo album in Grandma Dog’s favorite color, sky-blue. He took it home, locked himself in his bedroom, and spent hours hard at work.
On Grandma’s birthday, he handed her a wrapped package and said, “Surprise!”
“Oh, Zappy,” protested Grandma, “didn’t I tell you—”
“Just open it!” Zappy interrupted.
So Grandma did. She gasped in delight at the sight of the photo album, which was now jam-packed with pictures of Grandma and Zappy together, beginning when Zappy was just a tiny baby puppy.
“Oh, Zappy!” exclaimed Grandma, dabbing at her eyes. “You really did come up with an absolutely perfect present.”
Zappy threw his arms around Grandma’s neck. “I thought so,” he smiled.
Photo albums make wonderful gifts! Consider putting one together for a parent, grandparent, or special friend next time they have a birthday. Be sure to include lots of pictures of you and them together!
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Q: If your dog eats a dictionary, what should you do?
A: Take the words right out of his mouth!
Q: What do you call a happy Lassie?
A: Jolly collie!
Q: What kind of dog sniffs out flowers?
A: A bud hound!
Q: What kind of dog is a human’s best friend?
Q: What do you get if cross two puppies with a pair of earplugs?
A: Hush puppies!
Q: What happened to the dog that ate nothing but garlic?
A: His bark was much worse than his bite!
Q: How do you find your dog if he is lost in the woods?
A: Put your ear up to a tree and listen for the bark!
Q: Why do dogs run in circles?
A: Because it’s not easy to run in squares!
Q: How do you stop a dog from barking in the front yard?
A: Put him in the back yard!
Q: What do you call a litter of puppies in the snow?
A: Slush puppies!
Q: What do you call a boring dog?
Q: What’s a dog’s favorite hobby?
A: Collecting fleas!
Can you find your way through the maze?
Can you find your way through the maze?
Can you find your way through the maze?
Can you find your way through the maze?
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