PJ knew this was his last chance. He looked out the window
at the huge animal hospital. "If they can't help me here, then no
one can," he thought.
So many friends had sent their well wishes. PJ wanted to tell
them all he was going to get well. He was especially thinking of
his pawmise to his mother.
"The doctor will see you now," said the technician.
"Am I going to die?" PJ blurted out to the doctor.
"I have some good news and some bad news," said the doctor.
"Which do you want first?"
"The good news please!" begged PJ.
"The good news is that you have grown quite a bit, you have put on
weight and you seem to be responding to all your treatment. I think
you will survive an opawration that will remove the sick parts of your
lungs, but it must be scheduled right away. We haven't a moment to
"The bad news," said the doctor, looking at all the test results
in PJ's medical chart, "the bad news is that there is no guarantee he will
survive it, and the cost will be over seven thousand dollars."
"Seven THOUSAND dollars?" gasped Patrick. That was more money
than he had ever made in his entire lifetime.
"Yes," said the doctor. "And if you decide to do it, we must schedule
it as soon as possible, before the medicine stops working for PJ."
"Then I will hand pick a team of surgeons," said the doctor.
"We will need to opawrate within the month."
Patrick was stunned. Did Cricket understand that she just agreed
to spend more money than they have ever seen?
He whispered softly to her. "Cricky, HOW are we going to get
all that money?"
"It's only money," smiled Cricket. "Look at PJ. He has
a chance! Our puppy has a chance!"
What Patrick was too stunned to see, Cricket could see with no pawblem.
Little PJ was surrounded with rescue dust. "Can't you see it?" she
asked him. "Our puppy is surrounded with Rescue Dust!"
"Believe in the rescue dust," Patrick could hear Guinney's voice
say deep inside him. "You will always see its magic when you love
and care for someone beyond yourself."
Not having a clue how all this would work out, Patrick and Cricket
scheduled PJ's surgery for the following month. With all the love
surrounding him, surely they would find a way to pay, but that dear friends,
is an entirely different book!
Book 5, The End. Ready for Book 6?