A Dog’s Dream

Borbála Sós

Once upon a time somewhere in Nebraska, a beautiful female Golden Retriever gave birth to her three puppies. They were full of life. They played together in the grass all day long, explored the farm, made friends with the cows, and learned tricks with their owner, the twelve-year-old Jamie. The puppies loved him. He was always there for them through thick and thin, and vice versa. Jamie’s favourite puppy (and also his best friend) was the youngest one, the little Sydney. She was a rather clever dog. She was quick witted and loved to learn new things about the world. She was not like her brothers, Cookie and Keith; her secret dream was to become a movie star. Ever since she watched Lassie Come Home with Jamie, she couldn’t stop thinking about what it would be like to star in a movie. One special night when Sydney was just casually lying under the dinner table, she found out that Jamie’s parents had planned to take a trip to New York in the summer. “That’s it! That’s my one and only chance to accomplish my dreams!” she thought. That night, when Jamie’s parents were watching TV, she snuggled up to them. Cookie and Keith were watching from the door suspiciously.

“What does she think she’s doing?” Cookie scoffed.

“I have no idea. But she must have a reason to be all snuggly like that.” Keith shook his head.

Later that night, the two older puppies woke Sydney from her sleep. “What do you think you’re doing?” they asked her. Sydney gave them a confused look. “We know that you are playing some kind of game here. Tell us,” Keith added. The youngest had nothing else to do but tell her brothers the plan. They agreed to work together to achieve Sydney’s dream. For the next couple of weeks, they acted like angels. They were sweet and cooperative, and even the parents noticed the difference in their behaviour. The family decided that they would take the puppies on vacation with them. So they did.

The family had an amazing time. They went to see the Statue of Liberty, walked the dogs in Central Park, and just had a lot of fun afterall. One afternoon, Sydney decided to take a little trip on her own, so she went another way. Shortly after, the puppy got lost in the city. All the bulildings looked the same, and she just didn’t know where to go. Luckily, a kind man found her, picked her up, and called the number on the tag on her collar. The family was really relieved when Sydney returned in the hands of the generous man. “How can we thank you for bringing her back to us?” Jamie’s mom asked. “Oh it is really not that big of a deal,” the man said. “Actually, though, I work in the film industry, you know. And we are currently filming at Times Square. If I could only borrow her for a day, and shoot a couple of scenes for the movie with her?” he asked.

Sydney got very excited. It was her biggest dream to star in a movie, ever since she was little. Jamie ended up giving the man permission to film with Sydney. Later on, when the movie came out, other directors noticed the puppy’s talent, and Sydney’s dream came true after all. She became a movie star in New York.