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Chapter 1 WHAT KIND OF INVOLVEMENT IS NEEDED?

Afew years ago, Jake was faced with a challenging project. A friend had given him his first puppy, a black Labrador retriever. His family already had dogs; his daughter and son each had one. But Theo (named after jazz great Thelonius Monk) was Jake’s first, and that made him responsible for everything from feeding and training the puppy to taking him outside in the middle of the night when nature called.

Theo proved to be an active little guy. His idea of fun included activities like chewing on someone’s sandal and polishing off a whole chicken left unguarded on a kitchen counter.

After a few ...

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