A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.  He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and  set about nailing it to a post on the edge of  his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the  post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked  down into the eyes of little boy.  “Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your  puppies.”  

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come  from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”  The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then  reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a  handful of change and held it up to the farmer.  “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take  A look?”  “Sure,” said the farmer.

And with that he let out  a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.  Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran  Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.  The little boy pressed his face against the chain  link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the  dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy  noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.  Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably  smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat  awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward  the others, doing its best to catch up….  “I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the  runt.

The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said,  “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able  to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”  With that the little boy stepped back from the fence,  reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his  trousers.  In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down  both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made  shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir,  I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone  who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and  picked up the little pup.  Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy  “How much?” asked the little boy. “No charge,”  Answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”

The world is full of people who need someone who  understands.