Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

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1 Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer Readers (9): Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Narrator 4 Boy/Mark Boy s Dad Boy's mother/mark s mother Buddy (the little dog) Woman (Buddy s new owner) Reading time: approximately 10 minutes SCRIPT Narrator 1 & 2: Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer Buddy and her boy were perfectly matched and perfectly happy together Buddy was a little dog with brown paws and a brown mask and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum. Ruff! She also had ears like airplane wings Page 1 of 12

2 Narrator 1 & 3: that dropped just at the tips. Ruff! Ruff! I know she s a girl, the boy often said, but she s my buddy anyway. And then he would take Buddy s pointy face between his hands and kiss her on the lips SMACK! (kissing sound) just like that. When Buddy was quick Ruff! she could get in a lick at the exact moment of the kiss. Arghhh! But nothing, not even the sweetest love, can be certain of lasting forever. Dad: We re moving, said the boy s father. Page 2 of 12

3 Dad: Dad: Boy's mother: We're moving to an apartment in a big city, What? The boy cried. And an apartment in a big city is no place for a dog. Ruff? We'll have to find a new home for Buddy. No! Buddy. Boy's mother: The family piled into the car. Buddy was excited. She loved car rides. And here she was with her bowl her bed her bone her ball And the orange-marmalade stuffed cat she liked to toss into the air and catch again, (still slighty weepy) the orange-marmalade stuffed cat she liked to rest her chin on when she slept. They drove to a town called Erthly, stopped in front of a strange house. Page 3 of 12

4 Woman: Woman: And got out of the car, with Buddy on her red leash. I ll take good care of her, Her Buddy s new owner said. But when she looked down at the little black dog, at his bowl and his bed and his bone and the orange-marmalade stuffed cat, she said, Oh, my. I know nothing about dogs. How will we manage, you and I? Buddy Slight, sad whimper Another boy, Mark, lived in Erthly. Mark had no dog at all. He had asked for a dog. He had begged for a dog. He had pleaded and prayed and whined for a dog. Once I even tried barking for a dog. But his mother always said No! Page 4 of 12

5 Still... Mark dreamed about dogs He spent hours and hours reading about how to care for a dog. You have to give a dog food, fresh water, exercise. He even pretended that he had a dog. Every night, he'd pat the side of his bed and say, Here you go. Come on up now. And the little dog who lived in my mind always jumped right up. Mark often lay in bed thinking about the dog he wanted: And one bright summer morning Mark woke, thinking about dogs. again. (read the following lines faster with each line) Big or small, rough-coated or soft, black or brown or white or red Page 5 of 12

6 or brindled. (Slow down again) This time, though, he was thinking about his friends' dogs. Wouldn't it be fun to have a place in town where dogs and kids could run free together? We'd step through the gate, (read the following lines faster with each line) unsnap the leashes, and watch the snarl of dogs untangle and bound away, scattering rabbits and squirrels (reading more slowly) like leaves before a rowdy breeze What we need in this town is a dog park! Mark s mother: A dog park? Mark s mother was the mayor of Erthly, and if anyone could get a dog park, Page 6 of 12

7 Narrator 1&2: Mark s mother: Mark s mother: she was the one. This is a small town, Mark. The budget has no room for dog parks. (Big sigh) What do you want with a dog park anyway? You don t have a dog. But my friends have dogs, I could play with them there. See, that s the point. Because I don t have a dog of my own, I need a dog park! Woman: Woman: Woman: Narrator 1 & 2: Narrator 3 & 4: Sometimes Buddy woke in the night feeling so alone in the world that she pointed her muzzle toward the darkness where the ceiling lived during the day and howled. Howl Quiet, Buddy! Howl Please, be quiet! Howls louder Buddy! Shut up! Buddy always shut up but that didn t keep her heart from howling. Lost. Lost. Lost. Page 7 of 12

8 Buddy lay curled in a corner of the yard, tight against the picket fence thinking about her boy. He must be out there somewhere. Some of the dirt in the corner was loose Easy to dig. Buddy tested it. One paw full. Two. Woof! Buddy was free! She trotted along in the gathering dark Searching for her boy. Searching. She passed a school, three churches, a grocery store, a post office, a hardware store, a bank. But she found no boy. The night grew darker. Buddy grew tired, Page 8 of 12

9 Narrator 1 & 2: discouraged. lost. Little dog lost. A cry drifted along Walnut Street, more mournful than any tears. Bark! Bark! Bark! A-wooooooo-oooooo-oooo! I was lying in my bed, awake, and I heard, Mark! Mark! Mark! I need yooooooooooooo-ooo-oou! I slipped from my bed, tiptoed into the hall, through the living room, and out the front door. Quietly. Quietly quietly quietly (read as if an echo) Mark! Mark! Mark! I need yooooooooooooo-ooo-oou! Mark followed his pounding heart toward the sound. a small black dog with a brown mask. Just sat there. Waiting There, beneath an oak tree Page 9 of 12

10 narrator 4: In the night dark, waiting. waiting. She seemed to be waiting. for him. Here little dog! Mark whispered. Mark stretched a hand toward the waiting dog. Buddy stretched her cool, damp nose towards Mark, touching his palm lightly. It was a boy hand a good boy hand. And Mark, feeling the coolness, the dampness of the nose and the snuffle of warm breath against his palm fell instantly, deeply, helplessly in love. But when he took a step forward that step, Page 10 of 12

11 Woman: that one step, was too much for the lonely, tired, frightened little dog. Instead of remembering all the good boy moments that had filled her life, Buddy remembered Shoo! and go away! and Buddy! Shut up! The spring that held her tight, sprung, and she ran fast away toward anywhere. And I ran fast away toward home. Mark s mother: Sunlight danced across the kitchen table. It glinted in Mark s orange juice and skittered across his bowl of cereal. What are you going to do today? Page 11 of 12

12 Mark s mother asked. Ride my bike, Mark said. And that's exactly what he was going to do. He was going to ride his bike all over town to talk to his friends about a dog park even if his mother said it couldn't be done because you never know what can be done until you try. And he was going to ride his bike all over town looking for a lost little dog. A small black dog with ears like airplane wings Because you never know when a lost little dog might be calling your name. Page 12 of 12

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