A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups
and
set about nailing it to a post on the edge of
his yard. As he was driving the last nail
into the
post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He
looked
down into the eyes of a little boy.

"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your
puppies."

"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the
sweat
off the back of his neck, "These puppies
come
from fine parents and cost a good deal of
money."

The boy dropped his head for a moment.
Then
reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled
out a
handful of change and held it up to the
farmer.

"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough
to take
a look?"

"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he
let out
a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp
ran
Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the
chain
link fence. His eyes danced with delight.
As the
dogs made their way to the fence, the little
boy
noticed something else stirring inside the
doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this
one noticeably
smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a
somewhat
awkward manner, the little pup began
hobbling toward
the others, doing its best to catch up...

"I want that one," the little boy said,
pointing to the
runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's
side and said,
"Son, you don't want that puppy. He will
never be able
to run and play with you like these other
dogs would."

With that the little boy stepped back from
the fence,
reached down, and began rolling up one
leg of his
trousers.

In doing so he revealed a steel brace
running down
both sides of his leg attaching itself to a
specially made
shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
"You see sir,
I don't run too well myself, and he will
need someone
who understands."

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached
down and
picked up the little pup.

Holding it carefully he handed it to the little
boy.

"How much?" asked the little boy. "No
charge,"
answered the farmer, "There's no charge
for love."

The world is full of people
who need someone who understands.