Sammy usually went for a walk in the afternoon when the weather was nice. He would check out the neighbor’s yard to see if the dog had time to play. Then he would stop at the park to smell the flowers, flop around in the grass, and chase the bugs. If it was sunny and warm, he liked to lie on his back and let the sun warm up his belly. The last stop before going back home was the waterfront where some of the dock hands would feed him fresh fish. Yum!!! That was worth the walk!
On a particularly hot day, the dog didn’t feel like playing. Sammy didn’t have much energy either because of the heat. He was slowly making his way to the park when he noticed that a rabbit was walking with him. He’d never seen this rabbit before and thought the rabbit would just go on its way. No, the rabbit kept up with him until they got to the park. Sammy found a nice, shady place to lie down. However, the rabbit disappeared. Sammy went on to the waterfront and back home by himself.
The next day the rabbit was back walking with him again. This time, Sammy asked him who he was and where he came from. The rabbit told Sammy that he actually lived in the same yard with the dog. He would always hide when Sammy came around. He was curious about where Sammy would go and finally decided to find out. From that day on, they walked together. The dock workers enjoyed the rabbit too and would always have fresh lettuce to feed him.