Here is the entry that
was received from Andrea Hebda for her 4-year-old son, Richie. Here is how Andrea
introduced this submission: The following story is told by
Richie, who is 4 years old. Richie has a Great-Aunt Lori who lives in Arizona with her
husband, Dave, and their beautiful red golden retriever, Brandy. Here is a picture that he
drew of Aunt Lori and Brandy. I think it is sooo good!
Lori is a quadriplegic and Brandy is her assistance dog. Richie has always loved books
and stories, and, as is evident by his story, he is fond of Fairy Tales. When I asked him
if he wanted to make up a story about Aunt Lori and her helper-dog/best friend, Brandy, he
said, sure and immediately started off with Once upon a
. What you will read below are Richies EXACT words. As Richie told
the story, I was writing down every word and I think he thought I was writing a letter, as
he addresses Brandy and Lori directly sometimes.
Brandy and Lori—A 'Furry' Tale
By Richie, age 4
Once upon a time where there are
cactuses. Brandy helps Aunt Lori open the door. The cactuses have sparkles and prickles on
Brandy helps Aunt Lori grill. Aunt Lori cant use her hands and her husband
grills for her. His name is Uncle Dave.
Its really nice of her to help
Lori, thank you Brandy.
Brandy, I know you like your
stuffies a lot. You can play with them whenever you want to. Brandy, I know you like your
pillow a lot too.
Aunt Lori is happy when Brandy sits
by her and looks at her face. I love Aunt Lori and she has pretty hair.
Brandy keeps Aunt Lori safe from
strangers when they walk at the park. When Aunt Lori gets tired, Brandy pushes her in the
Brandy, I know you pull open the
door with the rope with your mouth. Brandy, I know you close the door with your nose. I
know you must be very strong.
Aunt Lori, heres a special
message for you, Richie loves you very much. Happily ever after.