A Friend in Need
Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs who met every day to play together. Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhood, these two loved each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through the grass of the field between their respective houses.
neighborhood n. 附近、临近 respective adj. 各自的
One evening, Brownie's family noticed that Brownie hadn' t returned home. They went looking for him with no success. Brownie didn't show up the next day, and, despite their efforts to find him, by the next week he was still missing.
show up 露面 missing adj. 不见的
Curiously1, Spotty showed up at Brownie's house alone. Barking, whining2 and generally pestering4 Brownie's human family. Busy with their own lives, they just ignored the nervous little neighbor dog.
whine5 v. 哀鸣 pester3 v. 纠缠
Finally, one morning Spotty refused to take "no" for an answer. Ted6, Brownie's owner, was steadily7 harassed8 by the furious, adamant9little dog. Spotty followed Ted about, barking insistently10, then darting11 toward a nearby empty lot and back, as if to say, "Follow me! It's urgent!"
harassed adj. 厌烦的 furious adj. 狂怒的 adamant adj. 坚定的、固执的
Eventually, Ted followed the frantic12 Spotty across the empty lot as Spotty paused to race back and bark encouragingly. The little dog led the man under a tree, past clumps13 of trees, to a desolate14 spot a half mile from the house. There Ted found his beloved Brownie alive, one of his hind15 legs crushed in a steel leghold trap. Horrified16, Ted now wished he'd taken Spotty's earlier appeals seriously. Then Ted noticed something quite remarkable17.
frantic adj. 疯狂的 desolate adj. 荒凉的 horrified adj. 惊骇的
Spotty had done more than simply led Brownie's human owner to his trapped friend. In a circle around the injured dog, Ted found an array of dog food and table scraps18 which were later identified as the remains19 of every meal Spotty had been fed that week!
array n. 排列 remains n.残余
Spotty had been visiting Brownie regularly, in a single minded quest to keep his friend alive by sacrificing his own comfort. Spotty had evidently stayed with Brownie to protect him from predators21, snuggling with him at night to keep him warm and nuzzling him to keep his spirits up.
sacrifice v. 献出 predator20 n. 食肉动物 snuggle v. 偎依 nuzzle v. 用鼻爱抚
Brownie's leg was treated by a veterinarian and he recovered. For many years thereafter, the two families watched the faithful friends frolicking and chasing each other down that well worn path between their houses.
veterinarian n. 兽医 recover v. 痊愈、恢复 frolic v. 嬉戏