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Gerald looked at the toy dog in dismay, his bottom lip starting to quiver.
‘His name is Pinocchio,’ his Dad said. ‘Here’s his lead and collar, and don’t forget to take these poo bags with you when you take him out.’
Gerald took the items from his father’s hands and looked at his Mum for support.
‘I wanted a puppy,’ he sniffed.
‘We know,’ she said. ‘But having a dog, or any pet, comes with responsibility. We will help you get into a routine for walks and feeding, and take it from there.’
Gerald noticed two bowls on a mat in the hall and suddenly smiled.
‘Pinocchio turned into a real boy, didn’t he,’ he said getting his coat.
‘Yes son, he did.’
Putting the collar and lead on the toy’s neck, he said
‘Come on boy! Let’s go walkies!’
He was just about to close the door behind him then turned back, shoving something in his pocket.
‘Forgot the poo bags!’ he grinned.