He wants a Newfoundland but his mother gets him a cocker spaniel like she had as a child. He names it Moose but hers was Puck and that's what this one comes to be called. He feeds and walks it but the dog follows his mother around and sleeps outside her door. It takes a new baby, who pushes both boy and dog out of their accustomed places, for Puck to turn to the boy and decide to become his. Skorpen's flat narration suits the unnamed boy's forsaken mood, and Mullin's soft line and watercolor illustrations, expressive in their quietness, reinforce it.