Puppy Love (First Kisses Series #3)

Puppy Love (First Kisses Series #3)

by Jenny Collins

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How can Barkley, a sweet springer spaniel, belong to an arrogant guy like Jack, who laughs whenever one of our dogs at Perfect Paws has literally dragged me through the dirt? Plus he's dating Megan-the-Mega-Snob! I'm not sure why that gets to me—it's not like I like Jack, despite his surprising smile and the way he is with dogs. Sigh.

How do I know so much about puppies and so little about love?

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ISBN-13: 9780061972096
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: First Kisses Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 471 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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First Kisses 3: Puppy Love

Chapter One

It was Rufus who started all the trouble.

Wait. That's not fair. Rufus was just chasing the squirrel. So I guess you could say it was the squirrel's fault. But that's not really right either. The squirrel was minding its own business until Rufus decided to chase it. And I can't blame a squirrel for what happened. I mean, it was only doing what squirrels do. But then Rufus was only doing what dogs do, so now we're back where we started.

I should back up. My name is Allie. Actually, it's Allison Elizabeth Morris, but no one calls me that except for my great-grandmother Codwell (my mom's mom's mom) and she's something like eleventy-nine years old and lives in a house filled with way too many doilies and way too many cats. Not that she isn't great. She is. I love visiting her. Well, except for the doilies. They kind of freak me out. And the cats. I'm not really a cat person. I like dogs.

I don't just like dogs; I love dogs. In fact, I think dogs are just about the greatest things ever invented. I know, the rule is supposed to be that girls like cats and guys like dogs. But that's just dumb. Don't get me wrong. Cats are okay. I think they're cute, and I don't mind when they sit on me or want to be petted. But dogs are something else. Dogs are like people, but better. Not that I'm antisocial or anything. I like people. It's just that dogs are, I don't know, more reliable maybe. You always know where you stand with a dog. With people, sometimes it's hard to tell.

Anyway, I'm almost fourteen, and I'm going to be in ninth grade when school starts again. I'm pretty excited about that,but I'm not in a rush for summer to be over. I'm having too much fun with the dogs. Well, most of the dogs. There's one I could do without. Her and her owner. But I'm getting way ahead of myself again.

I'll start at the beginning. Not all the way back, like when I was born or anything, but right before what my friend Shan would call the Regrettable Incident with Rufus and the squirrel. See, my mother has this business called Perfect Paws. It's a dog grooming salon. She started it when I was little, so I grew up around dogs. When I was really small, my mom says I used to think I was a puppy. My first word wasn't mama or dada, it was woof. I'm serious!

I've been helping out at Perfect Paws since I was about eight or nine, washing the dogs and sweeping up hair—that kind of thing. But this year I wanted to do something more. A few months ago, I heard one of our customers talking about how she was sending her two kids to theater camp during the day so that they had something to do all summer. She joked that it would be nice if her Lhasa apso had somewhere to go too, so that he wasn't home alone all the time. Well, that got me thinking, and that night at dinner I suggested that we think about offering day care at Perfect Paws. My parents thought it was a pretty good idea, and we decided to try it over the summer and see what happened. Best of all, my mother put me in charge of it.

I really pushed the doggy day care idea to our customers, and the weekend before opening day we already had six sign-ups. I was kind of nervous because I wanted everything to go perfectly, and I tend to worry a little too much. So I decided to take my dog, Rufus, to the park for a walk. That almost always calms me down.

It's hard not to be relaxed around Rufus. He's the happiest dog I know: a big, brown mutt who thinks everything in the world was made just for him. My father calls him a Labragrizzly because he looks like a Labrador retriever crossed with a grizzly bear. We rescued him from a shelter about five years ago. When we walked by his cage he was sitting all alone in the corner, looking like he didn't know what he'd done wrong to be abandoned by the people he loved. As soon as I saw him I knew he had to come home with us.

He's been my best friend ever since. Well, one of my two best friends. My best human friend is Shan, who I mentioned before. Everyone thinks Shan is short for Shannon, but it's not. She's just Shan. Shan Chan. I know, it's totally unfortunate, right? She says one good reason for her to get married is that she can get a new last name. But then sometimes she says she's going to keep her own name when she gets married, so who knows. With Shan you can never tell.

Shan and I have been friends almost as long as Rufus and I have. She was going to help me with the doggy day care, but then her parents decided she was going to spend the summer in San Francisco with her grandparents, and that changed everything. I was really bummed that Shan wouldn't be here to have fun with me.

So anyway, Rufus and I went to the park. I love walking with him. He's curious about everything, and he always acts as if it's the first time he's sniffed grass or heard birds or seen people on bicycles, even though he's almost ten and we go to the park just about every day. There's no way to be sad when you're walking Rufus, or any dog for that matter. They're just so happy to be outside that their happiness rubs off on you. I'm telling you, the way to get yourself feeling good again when you're sad isn't to eat a dozen chocolate chip cookies or buy some new shoes, it's to walk a dog.

First Kisses 3: Puppy Love. Copyright © by Jenny Collins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Puppy Love (First Kisses Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Allie can't believe her luck. This summer she gets to do the one thing she loves the most, be around dogs.

It works out great, especially since Allie's mother owns a dog grooming shop. With a little mention of starting up a doggy day care, Allie is officially a dog-sitter in the shop, and she gets paid for it.

Being in charge of a doggy day care sure does has its benefits, like being able to see the new guy in town, Jack, who just so happens to love dogs and decides to let his own dog, Barkley, stay at the day care. But his sweetness towards the dogs and very attractive looks just doesn't excuse how much of a jerk-boy he is.

Of course there is always company that isn't really wanted, and for Allie it's Megan, the very rich and very snobby girl who happens to have one of the meanest and most unfriendly poodles around, Tallulah. It's bad enough that Megan just can't keep her paws off of Jack, but also owning a dog who happens to pick on other dogs is just so inexcusable for Allie.

But why is it that this sometimes nice jerk-boy, Jack, is becoming more interested in Megan then he is in Allie? And why is it that whenever Allie is with a pack of dogs in public, something has to go terribly wrong? Allie just doesn't know why everything bad has to happen to her. But maybe, just maybe, there is still a chance for Allie to make everything she ever dreamed of officially work out -- like her first kiss.

Another great addition to the FIRST KISSES line of books, PUPPY LOVE is both charming and satisfying. The interaction between Allie and Jack is what makes this book worth reading, since they will make you believe that anyone can find the perfect person for their first kiss.
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mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Allie loves dogs, even if they don't always portray her in the best light. She meets the perfect guy, chasing down four dogs in the park. He just moved to town. even his dog seems perfect. But upon a second encounter, Allie's not quite sure her first impression is accurate. And then she sees him talking and hanging out with Megan, the snobby girl that all the boys like. Soon she can't decide if she likes him or not. Will his dog help her decide her own heart? Cute series about first boyfriends and for girls looking for a little romance.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it is sooo amazing, its sweet, and cute, but also bold and HOT in a way that sometimes makes you smile so hard it hurts! its absolutely brill.!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so great. i'd never even heard about it before until i came across it in a bookstore. Don't pass up the chance to read this book!!!!!