A pet dog brings things and people to his young master, a boy suffering from a debilitating illness, whenever it feels that he needs them. At first this proves quite useful but it takes a rather bizarre turn at the end.
Martin is a lonely boy confined to bed because of his illness. His only contact with the outside world is through his loyal dog that brings flowers and objects from the streets to him. When his mother questions the actions of his dog, Martin decides to prove his efficiency to his mother and asks the animal to find a friend for him. The dog brings Miss Haight, Martin's teacher if the boy could go to the school, and she becomes his friend, visiting him every day. One day, Martin is informed by his parents that Miss Haight died in a car crash; after her funeral, his dog goes to the cemetery to bring her back. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Spirit of Life in Every Leaf, in Every Breath of Air
I'm very familiar with this story from Bradbury's "The October Country." It involves a boy who has an undisclosed illness. He seems pretty vibrant in general, so we are not privy to the symptoms. While other kids go to school, he remains in an upstairs bedroom. He has a dog named Dog who is his emissary; that is, the dog simply runs around doing dog things, but in the process he brings smells and small items from the neighborhood. He is the connection to the outside. One day the boy puts a metal tag on the collar asking for friends. The teacher he would have had discovers the tag and comes to see him. She develops a loving relationship with him, bringing him books and making them come to life. Unfortunately, one day she is killed in a car accident. Dog has one more task and it brings about quite a conclusion. This episode banks on he images of childhood again with beautiful fall images and a kind of magic.
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