The day after David's father left, Monty was lying on the Parker's front lawn when David came home from school. The sight of the fat and smelly dog sent David into a rage.
He picked up a stone and raised his arm. The dog stared at the stone and cringed, but he still refused to budge. Then David, who had never deliberately hurt a living thing, bounced the stone right off the fat dog's head. With a yelp Monty heaved himself up and started slowly away, his tail between his legs and his sides heaving.
"I'm warning you, get moving!"
The boy grabbed him roughly by the fur on his neck and hauled him roughly into the house. Although David had adopted Monty, his attitude towards him hadn't changed
How come you're bringing Monty in here? I thought you didn't like him.
The Claphams have moved out.
Suddenly a large figure stood framed in the doorway. The flashlight circled around the room, and stopped right on David's face. His eyes closed in terror as the arm with the flashlight descended towards his head. There was no pain however.Instead, he heard a low snarl, and when he opened his eyes, Monty was clinging tightly to the jacketed arm.
"I'll have to tell you all about Monty, Dad. He's the best dog you've ever seen.