Chapter 3 The Kittens

Chapter 3 The Kittens
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Chapter 3 The Kittens

In May the cat who lived next door to Henry and Mudge had a litter of kittens.

There were five kittens. One was orange. One was gray.

One was black and white. And two were all black.

The kittens sometimes stayed in a box in their front yard to get some sun while the mother cat rested.

One day Henry and Mudge peeked in the box.

They saw tiny little kitten faces and tiny little kitten paws and heard tiny little kitten meows.

Mudge sniffed and sniffed and sniffed.

He wagged his tail and sneezed and sniffed some more.

Then he put his big head into the box and with his big tongue he licked all five kittens.

Henry laughed. “Do you want some kittens of your own?” he asked Mudge.

Mudge grunted and wagged his tail again.

Whenever the kittens were in their front yard, Henry and Mudge visited the box.

Henry loved their little noses.

And he had even given them names.

He called the Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Henry loved planets, too.

While Henry was at school one day, a new dog came up Henry's street.

The five kittens were sleeping in the box in their yard.

Mudge was sleeping in Henry's house.

When the new dog got closer to Henry's house,

Mudge's ears went up.

When the new dog got even closer to Henry's house, Mudge's nose went in the air.

And just when the new dog was in front of Henry's house, Mudge barked.

He barked and barked and barked until Henry's mother opened the door.

And just as Mudge ran out the door, the new dog was in the neighbor's yard, looking in the kittens' box.

And just as the new dog was putting his big teeth into the box, Mudge ran up behind him.

SNAP! went Mudge's teeth when the new dog saw him.

SNAP! went Mudge's teeth again when the new dog looked back at the box of kittens.

Mudge growled. He looked into the eyes of the new dog.

He stood ready to jump.

And the new dog backed away from the box.

He didn't want the kittens anymore.

He just wanted to leave. And he did.

Mudge looked in the kitten box.

He saw five tiny faces and five skinny tails and twenty little paws.

He reached in and licked all five kittens.

Then he lay down beside the box and waited for Henry.

Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn went back to sleep.