Lily the Christmas Pug
Puppy Number 5 had 3 brothers and 1 sister. And 1 very nice Mother who loved her 5 puppy-kids more than anything else in the world.
She made sure they had enough food and water and time to play; something all kids need to do. This made Puppy Number 5 especially happy as she loved to play, more than anything else in the world.
She ran and jumped and tumbled head-over-tail all day long. She never got tired, even though her 3 brothers and 1 sister and her 1 very nice Mother did. But that didn’t matter to Puppy Number 5. She just continued to run and jump and tumble head-over-tail all by herself.
One day Puppy Number 5 noticed that one her brothers was gone. Now there were only 2 brothers and 1 sister to play with. This made her sad but her very nice Mother, who loved her puppy-kids more than anything else in the world explained that her brother had gone to live with another very nice family and that he was playing and jumping and tumbling head-over-tail with them.
This made Puppy Number 5 very happy and she ran and jumped and tumbled-head-over-tail some more – knocking over a potted plant. But her very nice Mother just smiled, gave her a lick and nicely asked her to be more careful. She loved her very nice Mother.
It wasn’t long before all of Puppy Number 5’s 3 brothers and 1 sister had left to run and jump and tumble-head-over-tails with new families and she was left all alone. But her very nice Mother explained that this was the way God had planned it. She told Puppy Number 5 that she was an extra special puppy with very special running and jumping and tumbling-head-over-tail skills and that it would take a very special home to properly care for her. It couldn’t be just any family; it had to be an extra special one.
So Puppy Number 5 continued to run and jump and tumble-head-over-tail while she waited for that extra special family her very nice Mother had said God promised.
One day, right before Christmas, a very nice man came to see Puppy Number 5. He got on the floor and held her. But she jumped out of his lap and ran and jumped and tumbled-head-over-tail. The very nice man smiled. He even began to laugh. She made him very happy. And his laughter made her very happy. And she ran and jumped and tumbled-head-over-tail some more.
Then Puppy Number 5’s very nice Mother gave her an extra special lick and told her that her extra special family had come to take her home. And so they had. The very nice man told Puppy Number 5 that she would be the perfect Christmas gift for his very nice wife.
And she was. His very nice wife loved that she ran and jumped and tumbled-head-over-tail. And she, just like her very nice husband, smiled and laughed and ran and jumped and tumbled-head-over-tail with her. And they both hugged and smiled and said “Merry Christmas!” and then they began to call Puppy Number 5, "Lily".
Puppy Number 5 loved her new name. The very nice wife explained that Lily meant graceful, beautiful, loyal, and smart and that it suited her perfectly. Lily thought so too and she ran and jumped and tumbled-head-over-tail – very gracefully.
Lily thought about her very nice Mother, who she loved very much, and knew that she was right. This was an extra special family that God had chosen for her and she loved her new family more than anything else in the world. So she ran and jumped and tumbled-head-over-tail some more.