Wire Dog has big ears, but sometimes he doesn’t listen. One day Ellen and wire dog were playing together outside. At first it was a sunny day, but after a while some clouds began to roll in. At lunchtime Ellen’s mother told her that there might be a rain storm in the afternoon. She told Ellen to watch the sky, so that if the clouds turned dark she would have time to run home and get indoors before it started to rain.
After lunch, Ellen and Wire Dog went out to play again, but every now and then Ellen would look up into the sky to see if the clouds were getting any darker. Wire Dog didn’t pay any attention at all to the clouds in the sky. He never looked up even once, and he didn’t seem to care at all about the future. Wire Dog only seemed interested in the present. All he wanted to do was to run, bark and roll around in the grass.
Before long, Ellen noticed that some of the clouds were getting really dark, and it looked like her mother was right. A big storm was rolling in. “Let’s go, Wire Dog. It looks like a rainstorm is coming.” But Wire Dog just kept running around as if he didn’t have a care in the world.
Ellen called Wire Dog in a nice voice and he started toward her, but when she reached out to grab him, he turned and ran away as fast as he could go. Wire Dog thought this was a fun game, but Ellen didn’t think it was very funny at all. Ellen was frustrated. She was trying to help her dog stay dry, but he wouldn’t listen. So, she called him in a serious voice, but Wire Dog just crouched down on the grass and starred at her. Just then Ellen saw a flash of lightning in the sky. It was too far away to produce any thunder, so Wire Dog didn’t hear the thunder or see the lightening. “Fine then,” said Ellen to her dog. “Stay out her as long as you like. I’m running home like my mother said. I don’t want to get caught in a rainstorm.”
Ellen quickly walked home and went into the house. Soon she heard rain pounding on the roof. When she looked outside she saw Wire Dog trotting toward his little dog house with his head down and water dripping from his wet hair. He had a rather foolish look on his face as he crawled into his dog house. Once inside his house, he turned around and lay down with his chin on his paws and looked out into the rain. Ellen felt a little sorry for her dog, but she hoped that he had learned a good lesson.