A BAGFUL OF PUPS by Dick Gackenbach

A BAGFUL OF PUPS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As a dog story, this one's a fish story: Mr. Mullin, whose dog has just had twelve pups, plants himself on the sidewalk, calls out ""Free pups!,"" and speedily disposes of eleven--to a Blind Man (""I will train her to guide me when I walk""), a Policewoman (""He will help me catch the bad guys""), a Dog Trainer (""I will train him to win ribbons and prizes""), and a Hunter, among others. The unlikelihood that eleven pups of any mixed litter would take to those diverse roles is presumably beside the point--which is that the last remaining pup is claimed by a little boy who simply wants a pup ""to play with and to be my friend."" Says Mr. Mullin: ""My, that's what I call a lucky pup."" As a cartoony trifle, it would hardly be worth dwelling on--except that the problem of disposing of unwanted pups is one that young children do encounter, and it's no kindness to them to fantasize it away.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1981
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin