A Pet for Sugar

by Marci Smart
(Grants Pass, OR)

Sugar sighed and kicked at a clump of grass overgrowing the sidewalk. All her friends had a pet except her. Caitlin said she only had a goldfish and that didn’t count as a pet but Sugar disagreed…anything alive that you get to feed and take care of and talk to if you’re lonely is a pet. Even a goldfish would be better company than nothing. Besides, her parents owed it to her for naming her Sugar. “It’s because you’re so sweet.” Her mom would always say and Sugar would always groan and roll her eyes. Obviously her mom hadn’t thought about what it would be like to go through middle school with a name like Sugar.


Sometimes Sugar wished her mom and Dad would have had more kids. At least they would be company, and maybe they could have names like Cookie or Honey, then Sugar wouldn’t be the only one teased for her name. Caitlin had two younger brothers and said Sugar was crazy to want any siblings but Sugar secretly thought even rowdy, bratty little brothers couldn’t be so bad all the time. She kicked at some gravel and went back to mentally counting all her friends with pets.

Caitlin with her gold fish Sam.

Jennifer and her cat His Majesty.

Felicity had a golden lab named Henry.

Madison had a parakeet Sparky.

And the Sommer’s twins had pet rats Swiss and Cheese.

Everyone had a pet but her! It was so unfair! Her parents had even told her she couldn’t ask about it anymore and had stopped taking her to the mall that had the pet store because she would always have to go inside and look at all the puppies and kittens, rabbits and birds, fish and lizards that they had…hoping for just one…even a little mouse would make her happy. Her class at school had an ant farm but her parents wouldn’t even let her have one of those! Sugar gave an angry snort.

Sugar rounded the corner to the soccer field and picked up her pace as she saw the other kids on the team out on the field already warming up. Sugar didn’t want to get yelled at again by Coach Brown for being tardy to practice again. It seemed like no matter how hard she tried to be early the time just slipped away from her and she ended up late. Sugar pushed through the gate and ran out onto the field to join the other kids hoping Coach Brown hadn’t noticed her late arrival.

Caitlin waved and kicked a ball to her and Sugar ran towards it to kick it back. She could always count on Caitlin to keep an eye out for her.
“Did he notice?” Sugar whispered as she neared Caitlin who was now kicking the ball to Sam.

“Not yet.” Caitlin whispered back “He hasn’t taken roll yet.”

“Whew!” Sugar sighed as she received the ball from Sam and then nudged it over to Caitlin before moving farther away to form a triangle with Sam and Caitlin. Coach Brown blew his whistle a few minutes later and all the kids trotted over to him.

After practice Sugar waved goodbye to Caitlin and headed back towards home. As she stepped onto the sidewalk she heard a rustling in the low hedge that ran along the fence bordering the field. Sugar thought about making a dash for home before curiosity got the better of her. A low whine made up her mind and she crouched down to peer under the hedge. There was a fluffy black and white puppy in the bushes. When he saw Sugar he started wiggling and yelping happily as he scrambled out. Sugar reached for him and he launched into her arms jumping and licking her face. Sugar laughed and tried to push him down. But he was wiggling and squirming too much in puppy ecstasy for her hands to have much effect.
Sugar played with him for a few minutes, laughing and stroking his soft fur while he licked and wiggled and jumped. Then he settled down contentedly in her lap with a big sigh and fell asleep. Sugar bit her lip while she petted him. She couldn’t just leave him there and her parents would never allow her to take him home. He didn’t have a collar, but he must belong to someone nearby, though he seemed a little thin like he hadn’t eaten recently. Finally she decided to check the neighborhood to see if he belonged to anyone.

Sugar pulled the puppy closer to her chest and stood up making him wiggle to get more comfortable but he stayed asleep. Looking around Sugar crossed the street to the closest house and knocked on the door. A nice older lady answered and said she didn’t own the puppy with a smile at Sugar. The lady didn’t think she knew of anyone nearby who’d gotten a puppy lately, but encouraged Sugar to keep looking.

Half an hour later Sugar still had no luck. No one seemed to have lost the dog and he was now awake and squirming like crazy. Even though her parents wouldn’t like it she decided to take him home. They would be starting to worry about her and Sugar was beginning to harbor a small hope that if the owner couldn’t be found they might let her keep him. Especially once they saw what a great dog he was. Sugar hurried the rest of the way home. She kept an eye out for lost dog signs along the way but didn’t notice any.

Sugar bounded up the three steps to the house and pushed open the front door.

“Mom? Dad?” She called

“In here honey.” Called her mom’s voice from the kitchen. “Did practice run late today?”

“No” Said Sugar as she walked towards the kitchen.
“Um…something…I…found…” She trailed off not sure how to explain and appeared around the doorway with the puppy in her arms.

“What honey?” Said her mom not glancing up from her recipe book. Sugar could see her Dad in the backyard through the kitchen window digging up something.

“I found something on the way home.” Sugar mumbled at the top of her Mom’s head.

“What did you…Oh” Sugar’s Mom looked up and spotted the dog. “You found a puppy on the way home?” Her voice was dry.

“Yes.” Said Sugar “He was in the bushes by the soccer field. I tried to find who he belonged to but no one knew. I couldn’t just leave him there.”

Her mother frowned looking at the dog clutched in Sugar’s arms that was wagging his tail like crazy and trying to lick her chin. “We can’t keep him Sugar, he doesn’t belong to us.”

“But what if he doesn’t belong to anyone?” Sugar pleaded.

“I’m going to talk to your Father, bring him outside with you so he doesn’t make a mess on my floor.”

Sugar followed obediently outside and set the puppy down while her mom stalked purposefully across the yard to where her Dad was digging. In a few minutes her Dad came over followed closely by her Mom.

“What have you got here Sugar?” Dad asked.

“I found him Dad. I couldn’t just leave him!”

“I know pumpkin, I know. But he may belong to someone. We can’t just keep him. We’ll have to take him to the Humane Society. Perhaps they can locate his owners.”

“But Dad!” Sugar wailed. “That’s not fair!”

“I know sweetie, but that’s how life is sometimes.”

Sobbing Sugar scooped up the puppy and ran inside the house to her room. She flung herself across the bed and the puppy bounced next to her licking her face and making little whining noises. Sugar pulled him close and cried into his soft fur until he wiggled to be released. Her Dad knocked on the door a few minutes later.

“C’mon Sugar, we need to take him before they close. Do you me to take him or do you want to come?”

Sniffing Sugar got up off the bed and opened the door. The puppy jumped clumsily off the bed and followed her.

“I’ll come.” Was all Sugar said.

She picked up the little dog and followed mournfully in the car. On the way to the Humane Society she stroked his ears and told him what a good dog he was. The lady at the desk was nice enough and she took the puppy saying they’d try to locate the owners if they could.

Sugar cried all the way home and ignored her Dad’s lame jokes as he tried to cheer her up. She went straight back to her room and wouldn’t come out for dinner. Eventually her parents gave up and left her alone.

Since it was Friday, Sugar had a long weekend to mope about the puppy. She had already called Caitlin and told her about the puppy and what happened. Caitlin of course agreed it was completely unfair, but there was nothing they could do about it. Sugar just couldn’t understand why her parents had to be so mean about it! They knew how much she wanted a dog! And this one was perfect for her! He had found her as if they were meant to be together. Why couldn’t her parents see that?

It was a hard week at school. Sugar forgot her homework on Tuesday and was late to soccer practice. Friday morning was a pop quiz in Math and Sugar knew she did terrible on it. Friday after school Sugar was surprised to see her Dad’s car in front of the school waiting to pick her up. Hoping nothing was wrong she ran towards it and opened the door.

“Hi Sugar!” Her Dad exclaimed almost too cheerfully causing Sugar to feel instantly suspicious.

“Hi Dad, um why are you here?” she responded.

He laughed “Can’t your Dad pick up his favorite daughter after school sometimes?”

Sugar shrugged “I guess.”

The whole way her Dad acted really strange and Sugar was left wondering what on earth was wrong with him.

When they got home Dad bounded up the stairs and stood expectantly while Sugar trudged up after him. With a huge grin her Dad yanked open the door and out bounded the black and white puppy! He ran straight for Sugar, jumping and yelping while she dropped her bag and threw her arms around him.

“What? Where? What?” Was all Sugar could sputter. Her mom came out the front door laughing.

“Surprised?” she asked.

“Really? He’s mine? I can keep him?” Sugar asked with amazement, afraid she was misunderstanding something.

“Yes he’s yours!” cried her Dad “Your mom and I had a long talk this week about him and when the Humane Society called today and said they hadn’t been able to locate the owners and were overcrowded we decided that we should go get him for you.”

“Wow!” exclaimed Sugar “Wow, you’re my very own!”

She grabbed the puppy in a tight squeeze before letting him down and running out to play with him on the lawn.

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Jul 26, 2016
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by: Sofia Therese Capili

I could relate in this story so much,I am an only child and I really want to have a pet but my parents said they will give me a pet when I turn 12 and responsible enough. 3 more years to go.

Jul 23, 2016
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Heartwarming
by: Anonymous

Amazing what an awesome story could be written in such a way that it would only take a few hundred words.. Heartwarming

Jul 04, 2016
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puppies
by: Anonymous

yay suger great story I would like a pup but i have a horse called cookie

Jun 05, 2016
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A Pet for Sugar
by: Anonymous

I was only looking for stories I could use for my reading homework and this one's perfect!

Jun 02, 2016
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Greatness
by: EJ

I enjoyed reading this story, things was unfair in the beginning, and at the end it was happy Great story:)

Jun 01, 2016
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i want a pet too
by: Ahmed Omar Dipro

i want a pet too

May 28, 2016
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awesome story !!!!!!
by: kitkat

the story was so much fun when i read it to my daughter. she loved A pet for Suger so much i even wanted to buy the book!

May 09, 2016
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What is this!
by: Anonymous

This is like...

A great story! Who made this? Great job whoever did.

Apr 29, 2016
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Love this story
by: Anonymous

This is so heart warming and makes me happy.

Apr 29, 2016
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Amazing Story
by: EnderSoulWolf626

I really enjoyed it and it was a very good story. The begging was a bit sad but the build up to getting the puppy was amazing. Great story!

Apr 11, 2016
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Kinda cool
by: Hiho

Not the best one ever

Mar 21, 2016
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Yes
by: Sadie

I loved it

Feb 25, 2016
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grace
by: Anonymous

this is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 17, 2016
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This was awesome
by: Anonymous

Couldn't of written it better myself

Feb 16, 2016
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Good
by: My mama

I had a dog 2 times

Feb 16, 2016
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Wish I had a did
by: Anonymous

Good story I have a bunny I'm begging for a puppy

Feb 16, 2016
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WOW
by: Madi

That was a good ending!

Feb 07, 2016
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MLG STORY BRO
by: Lolz over 9000

This was one of the best in fact the best story I have ever heard please continue making more story ever whoever you are you deserve 9001out of 5 and wow you deserve a clap and you should start writing books really 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 you sir are a story God p.s nice vocabulary,and once again I shall give you a clap 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Jan 25, 2016
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Great!!
by: Anonymous

I love pets and i think this one is awsome.

Jan 20, 2016
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Amazing
by: Luv2

This story is amazing it was a good story at first it was a bit sad and in the end I turned out crying

Jan 18, 2016
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about the story
by: jojo

the story was really nice

Jan 06, 2016
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Dog
by: Pro reader

I started crying about it because I always wanted a dog too

Jan 05, 2016
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by: ana

What's the dogs name

Dec 14, 2015
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good
by: Anonymous

It the best story, and I don't like reading chapters book,which mean it a really good book!!!

Nov 25, 2015
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Amazing
by: Himaa

It. Is. Nice. Story. I. Love. It❤️💖

Nov 21, 2015
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Rubbish
by: Anonymous

I am 9 and mature and from the UK and I think it is rubbish.

Oct 29, 2015
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LOL
by: goku

lol

Oct 22, 2015
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A Pet For Sugar
by: Russell Ng

I love this story I love it


Thanks
Regrad
Russell

Sep 13, 2015
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So cool
by: Teddy

Great story, who will hate this. I love it.

Aug 20, 2015
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Love it
by: Nisha

This is such a cute story I would definitely feel the same as Sugar!

Jul 02, 2015
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Liked the story
by: Joan

I loved the story!!! I have a dog just like the one in the story.

May 28, 2015
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supre
by: Anonymous

absolutely anazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 07, 2015
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a pet for sugar
by: Anonymous

I loved the story...It teaches children to take care of animals even though it does not belong to them.A good story indeed

Mar 01, 2015
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LOVE
by: Anonymous

AMAZING I LOVVED ITT

Jan 28, 2015
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brilliant story!!
by: Lexie lulu

I loved it so much it was sad at first but happy and the end brilliant that's a perfect story !!!:-) :-)

Jan 18, 2015
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amazing story
by: Anonymous

I love this story, its so heart warming

Jan 16, 2015
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Very Cute
by: Sparkle

At first it just felt unfair but then became very happy ever after.

Jan 07, 2015
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Best story on this site
by: Anonymous

I loved your story and I had fun reading it with my dad and I have two dogs so I can relate.

Dec 29, 2014
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awsome !!!
by: Rahul

This is the best story i have read in my life very very very nice and exciting.

Dec 07, 2014
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Like it
by: Anonymous

Sweet story .... Basim

Nov 25, 2014
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A pet for sugar
by: Anonymous

this story was excellent

Nov 18, 2014
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Cool
by: ?!?

It was a good story

Oct 18, 2014
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really
by: Roops

I think you should add some pictures because I got a bit bored after a while.

Oct 06, 2014
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pet
by: Anonymous

I wish I had a pet

Sep 25, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I think this and these stories are very helpful for me and other children , I am 11

Aug 05, 2014
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This book is awesome!
by: Anonymous

I really like this book because it it so adventurous and interesting.

May 12, 2014
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I like the story
by: Ana

My daughter read this book and she is 9 yrs. old and she loves the story because it has a cute puppy that was lost and I love the story because it is a very cute story that is about a girl that wanted a better pet than a fish.

Jan 06, 2014
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a pet for sugar
by: kj

This is a very good story. It made me sad at first but it had a great ending.

Dec 16, 2013
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Wow amazing
by: Stephanie

That what's a good story it was kind of sad but good hope you like it!!

May 06, 2013
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lol
by: Anonymous

lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 05, 2013
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awsome
by: pernelle

love it

Mar 20, 2013
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awsome
by: Anonymous

loved it

Oct 16, 2012
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Good story
by: Anonymous

My daughter and I read this for reading homework. My daughter is 9 and doesn't like reading chapter books. This short story was just the right length and the vocabulary was within a good reading level for her.

This was a good fit story.

Aug 29, 2012
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LOVED that story sooo much
by: Zoie

It was a great ending for Sugar I love puppies bet that puppy was cute I wander what she named it


Feb 25, 2012
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nice story
by: Anonymous

Nice story

Feb 03, 2012
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Wow
by: Amazed!

It was very interesting in my opinion. I felt like that before my first pet, even though I already had a cat. I was overwhelmed when the experience came to me, and I encourage you to keep doing what you do best (:

Feb 02, 2012
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wow
by: chewy

I hate reading long books but this one's the best by far.

Oct 23, 2011
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POOO
by: POOOO

IT WAS A COOL STORY

Oct 23, 2011
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CUTE
by: Anonymous

LUCK DOG SOOOOOO LUCKY

Oct 22, 2011
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yeah!
by: Jae Eun

I like the story thank you to make this story

Oct 22, 2011
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Yeah
by: Jae Eun

Wow I like it
The story is long but is really funny!!!

Oct 17, 2011
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wow
by: Anonymous

cool

Oct 26, 2010
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Heart warming
by: Annie

I loved the cute names everyone was given. I really enjoyed how you used dialogue to move the story along. The detailed actions of your characters gave the story life. Great job Marci! :)

Sep 22, 2010
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Lucky Dog
by: Bob

A true connection between a dog and a child, is a positive influence for life.

Sep 17, 2010
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Just like my daughter.
by: Anonymous

My daughter and I read this together and she said, "Mommy, you have to give this one 5 stars!"

This story reflects our family so well, so many times we have not let her go to the pet store because it's more agonizing for her to go in and leave with nothing than to not go in at all! You portrayed the emotions so well.

Bravo!

Sep 17, 2010
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:)
by: Sarah

Great job Marci, I loved it :)

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