Ann and Friends - Lance

A dog story and questions for Beginning Braille Readers by Ann Gelles.

16. Lance the Pound Hound

Lance is an old hound dog that lives at the Littlemount Dog Pound. Littlemount is a home for dogs with no people family. Lance is too old to race like he did as a young hound. So it doesn't surprise him to live there. Lots of dogs live at Littlemount all their lives. Nevertheless, Lance wakes up every day with the hope that people will come to the pound, feel love for him, and take him home with them. He hopes for someone he can count on to give him hugs, play with him, and give him food every day.

One day, a young boy named Mike Boundless came to Littlemount on a mission - to look for a pet to prance about and make everyone happy. Some dogs made too many sounds; some dogs did not dance or act happy. Lance got to bound from the cage, so he pranced and danced at the pound for Mike. Mike gave him a big hug and Lance felt love and lots of passion for Mike. "Great! I found a sweet and happy dog to love me. My mission is complete," Mike said.

Mr. and Mrs. Boundless, Mike's father and mother, love Lance too. Lance's boundless joy lifts the spirits of everyone every day. Lance feels lucky. He hopes the other dogs at the pound will get found just as he did. Would you adopt a pound hound?

Lance the Pound Hound Questions

  1. Who is Lance?
    (An old dog looking for a home, a dog that lives at the pound.)
  2. What is a pound?
    (a home or shelter for animals who don't have a people family)
  3. What did Lance do when he was young?
  4. Why didn't Lance's owners keep him?
    (They didn't want an old dog who couldn't race anymore. They didn't want the expense of caring for an older dog who couldn't race anymore.)
  5. What is Lance's hope?
    (He hopes someone will adopt him and love him.)
  6. What was Mike's mission?
    (He wanted to find a dog to love and make his new dog friend happy.)
  7. Why didn't Mike pick some of the other dogs?
    (Some dogs barked too much. Some dogs didn't seem happy to see him. Some dogs acted too sad.)
  8. What is Lance's hope for his pals at the Littlemount Dog Pound?
    (He hopes they will find happy homes like he has.)
  9. Why might people want a pet dog?
    (Dogs bring love and joy to people.)
  10. Describe the dog you might like to adopt from the Littlemount Dog Pound.

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