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Acceptance - The Slow Puppy - Story
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:40:55 AM »

VALUES:  Compassion; Acceptance; The value of each person

STORY:    A pet shop owner placed a sign that read “ Puppies for Sale” in the front window of his store and soon a little boy entered the store, pointed to the sign and asked: “How much are you selling the puppies for?” The owner replied: “Anywhere between £30 and £50.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out a few coins. “I have £3.75. May I please look at them?”

The store owner smiled, whistled and out of the kennels at the back came Lady, who ran down the aisle of the store, followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One of the puppies lagged quite a long way behind the others. The little boy immediately went to the slow puppy which seemed to have a limp. “What’s wrong with this one?” he asked. The store owner explained that he had been born without a hip socket and would always limp and would not be able to run and jump as well as other dogs.

Surprisingly, the little boy became very excited and said: “That is the puppy that I want to buy.” “I can’t sell him to you,” said the owner. “However, if you really want him, you can have him for nothing.” At this, the little boy became quite upset. He looked straight into the owner’s eyes, pointed at the crippled puppy and stated: “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth as much as all the other puppies and I want to pay full price for him. In fact, I’ll give you £3.75 now and £2.00 a month until he’s paid for.”

“Are you sure? He’ll never be able to play with you like other dogs,” said the owner. At these words, the little boy reached down, rolled up the left trouser leg and revealed his badly twisted, crippled leg, which was supported by a heavy metal brace. “I don’t run and jump so well myself and this little puppy will need someone who understands!”


TEACHING POINT:

Accepting differences is more than just tolerating difference – accepting difference is when you recognize and respect people who are different to you, but you also embrace their differences and see what you can learn from them.


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