Dixie knew how it felt to be alone, hoping someone would help.
She had read all of Wiggle's stories very closely, because she understood
what it meant to be junked. Poor little Dixie had been thrown away
for real in her past. While they were waiting for the
guys to get back, she told Wiggle how she had been rescued from a nasty
Once again Wiggle realized that knowing what other pawsons had gone
through helped her to put her own pawblems into pawspective.
"I was very, VERY scared for a long time," Dixie admitted.
"Even when I got to my new home here, all the way from Furginia!"
"Is that why they called you Dixie?" asked Wiggle.
"Partly," said Dixie. "Plus, I'm small for a Coonhound, so
I'm a little like a Dixiecup!"
"How did you get all the way to New England?" asked Wiggle.
"My Uprights adopted me through Coonhound rescue. They helped
me to get all better. I call them my gooddad, and goodmom. I
finally have someone that I can trust, and I finally know what it means
to be happy. My family pawficially calls me Dixie the Bluetick Coonhound
"Well then," said Wiggle, "Dixie the Bluetick Coonhound Speckledog,
I cannot thank you enough for stopping to help me today. We have
never even met before!"
"But it takes someone special to be a friend," said Wiggle.
"Especially to someone you've never met who needs you. A friend
in need is a friend in deed," she said.
"I will never forget that you were a friend when I needed you!"
At that moment, Dixie heard the guys pulling up. "They're back!"
"We had to go to six different places," said Kramer, "before we found
someone who could help."
"What does plugged mean?" asked Wiggle, uncertain if that was a good
"It means that it will be safe to drive it home, but you MUST go
right away to get a new tire," said Max. "Safety first."
"Oh dear," said Wiggle, "do you think I will be able to get Patrick
and Cricket by 4:00?"
"Just to be on the safe side," said Kramer, "Let's give the pawlice
in your town a call and ask them to watch out for them until you return."
Wiggle let out a huge sigh of relief. "Of course!" she thought.
"Pawlice know what to do in an emergency."
Henry noticed Dixie and Max putting Wiggle's tire back on.
"Is everything alright?" he asked them.
"It is now," said Dixie, introducing herself.
After everyone met, Dixie told them all that Wiggle had been through.
"As soon as we have her tire back, you can load up the bus again,"
said Max, but she must go right to the tire repair. It isn't safe
to drive around like this for very long."
"I thought you were going to be bored out here in the parking lot
all day," said Molly.
"Really," said Wiggle, "it was an adventure!"
"I'm sorry we missed it," laughed Henry.