“Remember to drink sparingly. Water supply is limited." “Is that understood?”(Paterson 9).
“Alert. Alert. Scanning unknown object.”
"Something was lying under the shadow of a tree. Something about a meter long. It was furred and quite still. The sound was not coming from it. And then he saw the small dog-- the puppy."(Paterson 30)
“It’s all right, dog,” “I won’t hurt you.” (Paterson 38).
"The puppy whimpered and looked up at Brock with large, trusting eyes. It was a puppy. One who had lost its mother."(Paterson 45).
Brock, a male podfellow, decides to leave and explore life outside of the dome he lives in.
While exploring outside of the dome, Brock experiences contact with a creature thought to be extinct. A dog. But he isn't sure what to do with it.
"His heart beating rapidly, Brock unscrewed his helmet just enough to let in a little of the outside atmosphere. Nothing happened. In fact, he seemed to be breathing perfectly normally. He took off the helmet entirely. He was still breathing freely." (Paterson 93).
He talks to it, realizing that its a living organism that should be taken back with him to the dome. So that's what he does, only to be met with the fear of the puppy being killed by the scientists.
“'Who knows, maybe out here you aren’t the last dog. Your mother had to come from somewhere.'”(Paterson 96).
Out of aspiration, Brock bites the puppies (Brog's) tail in order for the scientist to let Brock and Brag leave the dome to live outside of the dome.
"Brock turned and bit Brog on the tail so hard that the blood started. Brog, surprised and enraged, spun around and bit Brock on the nose. There was a shocked silence. Every scientist leaned backward, body pressed hard against his or her chair back. Every eye was on the two of them."(Paterson 89, 90).
After leaving the dome, Brock and Brog start with a new life. Before that can happen, Brock ends up taking off his suit and breaths non-toxic air.
I can breathe...
Brock realizes that what the people in the dome said about the outside world is incorrect. He sees that nothing is the way it was said to be... which he is very happy about.
“'And maybe, just maybe, where there are dogs, there are humans as well'”(Paterson 98).