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"4 dogs are stuck in a dog rescue centre – nobody wants them. will they ever get out. Here’s how it starts. (This is based on my latest novel, a heartfelt comedy due for release next year)" - Cliff McNish
It’s what the Happy Paws staff call it when one of us dogs leaves here with a new owner.
‘Patch went home,’ they'll say. ‘What happened to Sammy?’ A big beaming smile, followed by, ‘He’s gone home.’
It's what all us dogs at Happy Paws dream about. To chance to go home. To live in a proper house again. To walk off-lead. To sleep on a carpet, instead of a stone floor. To lie beside a fire. Simple things like that. That’s not too much to ask, is it?
And I refuse to accept that it’ll never happen to me. I won’t listen to Fred. I know I look horrible, but I could still get out here, couldn't I? Someone might want me. Call me stupid, but anything’s possible in this world, isn't it?
Whatever happens, anything’s better than becoming like Fred, curled up unhappily at the back of his cell refusing to look at visitors any more.
‘This year we all to do everything we can to get out of here,’ Bessie said to me and Mitch recently. ‘Be even friendlier to visitors. Look our best. Wag our tails till they fall off if we have to. Make a really special effort.’
And she's right. Which is why this morning I’m practising my backflip.
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