Jackie was very excited. Her friend Jenny was going away during school break. She needed someone to take care of her dog. Jackie did not have a dog of her own, and her parents had decided to let Jenny's dog stay with them for a week.
"I can hardly wait until Princess gets here," Jackie told Jake as they hung out on Jackie's front porch.
"You've never had a dog, have you?" Jake asked.
"No. I'm hoping after Princess is here, Mom and Dad will let me have one."
Jake smiled. Maybe they would; maybe they wouldn't. Jackie's family was pretty busy, and Jake knew that pets took a lot of time and effort. Jake used to have a cat and a dog, but they had both gotten very old and died in the same year when Jake was ten. His parents decided not to get any more pets for a while after that.
Two days later, Jackie's friend dropped off Princess, a small white terrier, while Jake was visiting. She also brought a whole box of items. "What's all that stuff?" Jackie asked.
Jenny explained. "I have Princess's special food, some dog treats, her favorite toy, her bed, and her leash."
"Okay," Jackie replied.Paragraphs 9 to 24:
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