You know, being a dog is very interesting. Everything smells so different. You have to keep sniffing to see what’s been happening. You can tell a lot from sniffing.
My human, she is called Katie, she can’t tell much from sniffing. In fact the only time I see her sniffing is when she’s sniffing me! She cuddles me and sniffs my head. I hear her telling her mum that I smell nice – sort of warm and fluffy.
‘Are you dog sniffing again?’
‘Yes, I like sniffing Poochie!’
Poochie, that’s what they call me! My real name is Puccini! I am quite small for a dog. I can fit onto Katie’s lap and fall asleep and she just sits there stroking me.
One day I saw a hole in the garden fence. I sniffed at it and smelt something different. I just had to squeeze through and look around . Katie saw me go. She screamed and shouted to her mother. What a terrible noise she made! I hid behind a bucket. I didn’t want to be with her if she was screaming.
‘Poochie won’t come back if you go on making all that noise. Now dry your tears and get a treat from Poochie’s tin. He’ll soon smell it and come back.’
Well, Katie must have done what her mother told her, because the next thing I knew I could smell my special treat from Katie’s side of the fence. And there was Katie peeping through the hole and calling gently ‘Come on Puccini, come and get your treat.’
So I followed my nose, didn’t I? Katie’s mum quickly blocked the hole in the fence behind me and there I was being stroked and eating my treats! Then Katie’s mum was stroking Katie’s head and saying, ‘There you see, it’s much better not to panic and scream and cry. Everyone feels better if they keep calm and get help.’
What was the little dog’s name in the story?
How do dogs get to know what’s been happening around them?
What did Poochie mean when he says that Katie was his human?
What did Katy like to do Poochie when he was on her lap?
How did Poochie’s nose get him into trouble?
What did Katie do when Poochie disappeared through the fence?
What did Poochie do when he heard her screaming and crying?
What did Katie’s mum say when Katy was screaming and crying?
How did Poochie’s nose sort out the problem? (Why did he come back through the hole?)
Does this story remind you of anything in your life?
Sometimes it is good to cry and shout and let your feelings out. Then when you have done it, you can stop and tell people who love you about your problem, and then you feel a bit better about it. In this story Katie’s mum came quickly to help, and that was when Katie needed to stop screaming and crying, so she did!