"You are my last chance, Doctor." said PJ. "The other doctors
have said I'm not going to live long. I don't want to die.
Is there anything that can help me in your great big hospital?"
"Stick out your tongue," said the veterinarian.
"Mommy Cricket told me to never stick out my tongue at anyone," objected
"That's very good advice," said the vet. "Why don't you stick
out your tongue at my stick?"
"Ok," said PJ.
"Good," said the doctor, "stick it out as far as you can and say
"Hmmmm," said the doctor, as she listened to PJ's heart. "We are
going to have to run some tests."
"Am I dying?" said PJ. "Can you help me, Dr. Last-Chance?"
"What you have is very serious," said the doctor. "We are going to
have to run several tests before we know if there is anything that could
"Why aren't I like other dogs?" asked PJ. "Why can't I be healthy
and live a long time?"
"PJ, remember the puppy mill?" asked the doctor.
"I'll never forget it," sighed PJ, looking far away. "My mother
"You most likely contracted this disease there. It is destroying
your lungs," said the doctor.
"You have bordatella," said the doctor. "It can be treated, but your
lungs are damaged. Those cannot be fixed."
"Does that mean you can't help me?" asked PJ, getting scared.
"We'll do our best," said the doctor. "But it's serious. The
worst part is the entire disease could have been prevented if you had been
given a tiny vaccine that only costs a few dollars."
"Why didn't I get that vaccine?" asked PJ. "I am worth a few dollars!"
"Of course you are," said the doctor. "I know that, and you know
that, but puppy mills do not care."
"I'm going to stick out my tongue at the puppy mills!" declared PJ.
"That's a very good idea," said the doctor.
"She gave me more medication and said she'll call you tonight." said
He was very sad and very scared. "I thought the big hospital
could save me, but they are not even sure they can help."
"Wait for us!" said Henry.
"I'm going to tell Wiggle," said PJ.