A shop owner placed a sign in his window that read “Puppies for Sale.”

These signs have a way of attracting children and very soon a little boy appeared at the shop. "“How much are you selling the puppies for?” The shop owner replied “Anywhere from $30 - $50.”

The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37, can I look at them?”

The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of her kennel came his dog called Lady followed by five little puppies, one of which was lagging behind.

Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy. “What’s wrong with this little dog?” The man explained that when the puppy was born the vet had said he had a bad hip joint and would limp for the rest of his life.

The little boy got very excited and said, “That’s the puppy I want to buy!” The man replied, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him I’ll give him to you.”

The little boy got upset. “I don’t want you to give him to me. He’s worth every bit as much as the other puppies and I’ll pay the full price. In fact I’ll give you $2.37 now and 50c every month until I have paid for him.”

The man countered, “You really don’t want to buy the puppy, son. He is never going to be able to run, jump and play like the other puppies.”

The little boy reached down and rolled up the leg of his pants to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the man and said, “Well, I don’t run so well myself and the little puppy will need someone who understands.”

The man was now biting his bottom lip and tears welled up in his eyes….. He smiled and said, “Son, I hope and pray that each and every one of these puppies will have an owner such as you.”

In life, it doesn’t matter who you are, but whether someone appreciates you for what you are, accepts you and loves you unconditionally. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks away.

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