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There once was a dog named Peanuts. Now Peanuts was a little Yorkie dog. She lived with her Master high on a hill. Below the hill was a great and busy highway. Cars drove by very fast. There were so many that a great noise would rise up and sometimes you could hear it at the top of the hill. But Peanuts paid no attention to it. She was happy on the hill with her Master. There she would run and play in his yard. He would toss a bone or a ball and she would fetch it and bring it back to him. Then one day, when her Master was gone, Peanuts got bored. She heard the noise from the street and decided to look and see where the noise came from. She walked from her Master’s home and down the hill through his big yard. As she followed the noise it got louder and louder but then it started to get go away. Soon she realized she was going in circles and was lost. What would she do? How can she get back to her Master’s home?
She looked down and saw a worm crawling out of his hole. “I’m lost.” Peanuts told the worm. “I followed this noise from my Master’s home and now can’t find my way back.” “Don’t worry.” Said the worm. “Just stay in one place. That way he can find you.” Then the worm crawled away. Peanuts thought that made sense and stayed there a long time. Soon Peanuts realized that staying in one place wasn’t getting her back to her Master and she was still lost. So Peanuts started walking again. Soon she met a spider. “I’m lost.” Peanuts told the spider. “I followed this noise from my Master’s home and now can’t find my way back to where I was happy.” “You don’t need to worry about the noise and you can be happy without being in your Master’s house.” Said the spider. “Just look inside yourself and you will find all the happiness that you need.” Then the spider went away. Peanuts thought about what the spider said and thought about how she felt. Sometimes it did make her feel better but she was still in the middle of this big yard and lost. So Peanuts continued her search for her Master and his house.
Soon Peanuts saw a snake. She had never seen a snake before. He looked very wise and concerned as he approached her. “I’m lost.” Peanuts told the snake. “I followed this noise from my Master’s home and now can’t find my way back.” “Well,” said the snake, “if following the noise got you here, then all you have to do is follow it back.” “That sounds good but I never did get close enough to see where the noise was.” “Perhaps you just crossed over it and because you were so concerned and turned around while looking for your Master’s home you didn’t realiz you had been near it.” “Maybe.” Said Peanuts. “I’ll try and follow it back.” The snake smiled at Peanuts and crawled away.
As Peanuts followed the noise and went in a straight line instead of walking in circles, it got louder and louder. Peanuts kept wondering how she could have crossed over the noise and not known it. Suddenly Peanuts met a little mouse. “Hello Mr. Mouse. I’m following that noise back to my Master’s house.” “Well if your Master lives beyond that noise you won’t make it back. I was just there. It belongs to a great highway that is so busy you will never cross it and live.” Then the mouse ran away. Just then Peanuts knew that the snake lied to her. Now what will she do to find her Master? Just then a white dove landed next to Peanuts. “I’m lost.” Peanuts told the Dove. “I followed this noise from my Master’s home and now can’t find my way back.” “Don’t follow the noise.” Said the dove. “It’s a terrible place. You don’t want to go there.” “But how will I find my way back to my Master’s house?” “Just be still and listen.” Said the dove. “I’m sure your Master is back and already looking for you.”
So Peanuts closed her eyes and listened. Suddenly she heard a small voice. “Peanuts!” cried the voice. It was her Master’s voice. Peanuts started walking in the direction she thought the voice was coming from. “Peanuts!” cried her Master. With every step it got louder and louder. Peanuts walked faster and faster. “Peanuts! Where are you?” Cried her Master. “I’m here Master and I’m coming.” Peanuts thought to herself. By this time Peanuts was running. Soon she poked her head through some thick grass. As she looked up she saw her Master’s house not far away. In front of the house was her Master still shouting her name.
Peanuts bolted out of the grass and ran toward her Master. As he turned to see her coming her Master smiled and had both of his arms outstretched to greet her. Peanuts leaped into his arms. Her Master pulled her close and hugged her. Peanuts was happy as she licked her Master’s face. She was happy to be home and never wanted to be lost again.
Copyright 2010 by Ricky L. Phillips

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