After

school,

Matthew

sat

down

on

the

steps

with

Mum.

He

stroked

his

dog,

Bear.

“Bear

didn’t

come

to

meet

me

at

the

back

gate

today,”

said

Matthew.

“No,”

said

Mum.

“I’m

a

bit

worried

about

him.

I

know

he’s

getting

old,

but

he

just

seems

to

sit

around

these

days.

I

think

he’s

overweight,

too.”

“Maybe

there’s

something

wrong

with

him?”

said

Matthew.

“We

could

take

him

to

the

vet.”

“That’s

a

good

idea,”

said

Mum.

“I’ll

make

an

appointment

for

Bear

to

see

Dr

Kelly.