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A Day In Town--a story for children

Updated on April 7, 2015

Authors note:

This is one of a few stories that I wrote for my children when they were young. The situations are fictional but they are based on the dogs we had.

One sunny winter day Shane was napping in his cozy warm doghouse.

 A thumping noise on the roof woke him up. "Oh-oh," he said to himself. It must be Elise the farmer's little girl.

She was fun to play with because she threw balls and sticks for him to chase. But she could be an awful pest sometimes. Like now, when he just wanted to take a nap and may stroll up his hill to watch the cars go by. He didn't chase cars anymore, but he did keep an eye on the ones that came into the yard to make sure they were welcome.

"Oh well, " Shane said, "I might as well see what it is she wants or she will just keep bouncing that ball on the roof.

"Shane'" she shouted.

He licked her hand and she giggled. She threw the ball. Shane chased it and brought it back.

Elise took the ball and said, "Guess what, Shane."

That always annoyed him. She asked him questions when she knew he couldn't talk to people, only to other animals. So he just barked.

Elise on ice

Elise is on ice while they are on a day in town
Elise is on ice while they are on a day in town

Trip to town

"No, silly. I'm not going to play ball. It's better than that. We're going into town and mama said that you could come. Sheila can watch the animals."

"Ruff, Ruff," Shane barked.

He liked going into town, even if he did have to wait in the van while the family shopped.

There were always some people who stopped and gave him candy or doggy treats. Sometimes Mark, Elise's big brother, would put Shane on a leash and take him for a walk.

When they got to town the farmer and his wife went to the grocery store. Mark put Shane on the leash and said, "Let's take Shane for a walk around town.

Shane took his place at Mark's left side and sat down each time they stopped to look in a store window.

“Good dog,” Mark would say and pat Shane on the head. Shane liked that. Elise ran up and down the sidewalk looking at trees and other interesting things.

Mark and Shane stopped in front of the hobby store Shane thought, “I bet Mark just got his allowance and wants to buy stamps for his collection.” Most dogs don’t know about such things but Shane knew everything about his people.

“Shane” Wait here with Elise. I’ll be right back,” he said. With his mind on a new stamp he didn’t notice Elise was following a kitten around the corner.

“Just Like Mark,” Shane thought. “Going into the store without checking on where Elise is. Shane forgot about his own foolishness as a puppy. He had forgot the sheep while chasing a butterfly and his mother, Sheila, had to rescue the sheep.

Shane chasing butterfly

Shane on his own

With the farmer and his wife in the grocers and Mark in the hobby shop Shane didn’t know what to do. As a good farm dog he was taught to stay where he was till one of his people told him otherwise.  At first he lay down and just looked in the direction Elise went. “Maybe she will be back in a few minutes,” he thought. Or maybe Mark will come out and catch up with her

Finally Shane’s protective instincts won out over his duty to obey orders. He went to find Elise. When the farmer and his wife came out they found Mark in the Van looking at his stamps. Where are Elise and Shane,” The farmer asked.

“I left them outside the hobby store. I thought they were with you.”

Shane followed Elise’s trail, which wandered around the corner, thru the alley, between the stores and across the street, which she knew she was not supposed to cross by herself.

She had caught the kitten and was carrying it across the park. Then the kitten jumped from her arms and ran to clump of trees above the waterfalls, which was frozen over.

She ran over the creek and the ice started to crack. Shane barked a warning. He was afraid if he followed his weight would break the ice. Elise was close to the waterfall when she heard Shane. She saw her danger and was scared.

Trying o run to the bank of the creek she tripped and her snowsuit caught on an overhanging branch. She couldn’t get up because of the slippery ice and the tree branch kept her partially suspended, so she couldn’t even crawl.

Shane went to find the farmer. When he found them he barked and they knew he wanted them to follow. When they got there the farmer knew why Shane had not tried to save the girl. He also knew he could not walk on it.


He took Mark and got the Van. When they got near the creek he tied one end of a rope to the vehicle and threw the other end across the creek. He crossed the creek at a narrow place. Figuring that the ice could hold Mark he told him to tie the rope around himself and leave enough at the end to tie around Elise. “The Rope will keep you from falling over the edge.

They got Elise back. She stopped crying when Shane licked her face. Then she giggled.

They all learned a lesson that day. Elise learned not to wander off chasing kittens, the farmer and his wife learned to know where their children were.  Mark learned to be sure he knew where his sister was when he was in charge of her.

Shane learned that he did the right thing, even though he had to disobey an order to do so.

© 2010 Don A. Hoglund


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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thank you for commenting.Glad you enjoyed it.

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for sharing a great children story dahoglund, I really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy W

      Thanks for commenting.It is all so long ago that the kids were that young. Quite awhile since there kids were that young.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice story and especially nice that it was written for your kids and included their drawings.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Nicole Canfield 7 years ago from the Ether

      loved this story. very creative and super appropriate for kids...i also love the main character! great job. thanks for sharing. :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'm glad you liked it. I think the kids might have liked having characters modeled after themselves.Thanks for commenting.

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      Kim Harris 7 years ago

      I love this story! Really smart dog. I like how everyone learned a lesson, and that sometimes you have to disobey orders! I especially like that you wrote it for your kids:)

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Elise,

      Thanks for your comment. I've posted them all now except "The Abandoned Farm" which is the one Mark did the most drawings for.However I've found the drawings don't scan well so I will have to work with them some.

      You probably cried because you thought you were going to fall through the ice.

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      Elise Hoglund Kisch 7 years ago from Fridley, MN


      Thanks for posting these stories, I know you were reluctant to do so. This is the story that used to make me cry for some reason - not sure if you remember that - however, It was always my favorite!


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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids


      Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you like it.

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      Vern Borth 7 years ago

      I like it too. Good job.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks again for being first to comment. My grandchildren are on facebook, I'll see what heir reaction is if they read it there.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I think this is also a great children's story just like the Hub you published yesterday!!!!!!!!!!