Amazing Kids! Magazine

Finding Mumbles

By Cassandra Alvarado, age 11, California


It was a sunny Sunday morning and I could hear robins chirping, doors opening, and cars driving. I woke up, ate breakfast and went to my room, so I could get ready.  First I took a shower, and the water was as warm as a hot tub on a summer day. Next, I picked my clothes out, put them on and headed to the bathroom, so I could brush my teeth. Since I have braces, my teeth looked and felt like I had train tracks on them. We were all finally ready. We got to church at 2:00, and we left from church at 3:15.

When we got back home, our backyard fence was open and our dog was gone!  We were all shocked and scared that we weren’t going to be able to find him and that he was gone forever!

My mom asked us, “Who was the last one to open the fence?”

We all stayed quiet… until my dad said, “I did!”

My mom got mad as a gorilla getting his bananas stolen by a monkey because she would always tell us to make sure we locked the fence right.  “All of you guys need to go find Mumbles right now!”

“Why?” my sister Natalia asked.

“Natalia, because Mumbles means the world to me, I love him so much.”

“Listen you guys, Mumbles is like a son to me,” my mom told us.

Although, none of them wanted to help, I told my mom that I would help my dad find Mumbles.

We first started looking around our neighborhood, but we couldn’t find him anywhere! We decided to go knock on people’s doors and ask if anyone had seen Mumbles. All the people we asked said that they had  not seen Mumbles around their neighborhood. So, we went to another neighborhood to try and find him, but still no one had seen him. Hours later, we called it a day and went back home. We were very sad that we had not found our dog, but we were going to try again tomorrow.

It was the next day and I hastily got ready for school. When I got to school all I could think about was Mumbles. When school was finally over, I ran home so I could go back to finding him. Although, yesterday my dad and I walked to find Mumbles, this time I rode my bike. I looked for him everywhere, but I still could not find him!

Where can I find him? I thought to myself.

I finally thought, Aha, my school!

I went in and I saw my friends because they were in the after-school program.  Since all my friends already knew what Mumbles looked like, I asked them if they had seen Mumbles. They said “Yes, they had seen him!” They said they had seen him in the grass field, but that they weren’t allowed to go over there.

“Which way did he go?” I asked.

“He went through the fence to the other side.”

“Thanks!” I told them and left.

I went to go look where they told me to look, but he wasn’t there! I called it a day since it was getting late. I went home and told my mom that I still didn’t find him.  She got really sad and so did I since I really wanted to find him for my mom.

Days went by, and we still had not found him or heard news about him. My dad told my mom that he thought it was time for us to let him go. He told her that she had to live with the fact that our dog was gone forever! My mom didn’t want to give up on Mumbles, and I didn’t either.

But then my mom said, “Maybe your dad is right, maybe he is gone forever…”

But I didn’t know what to think! Half of me just wanted to give up and stop trying to find him, but then at the same time I didn’t want to give up on him because I still had faith that I was going to find him. I had to make a choice and fast! So I did, I decided to not give up on him. I was going to keep trying to find him, and I wasn’t going to stop until I did!

The next morning during school I heard my friend talking to his friend about a dog! What if he was talking about Mumbles? I told myself.

“Hey!” I told him.

“Hey,” he said back.

“What were you guys talking about?”  I asked.

“Oh…Umm…a dog that was playing with my dog yesterday.”

“Oh, what did the dog look like?”

“Oh, he had brown fur, and was kind of chubby. But I didn’t get to see him very well because he started running away. I was trying to get him, but a lady that lives a few houses down caught up to him and took him with her.”

“Oh, ok. Thanks for telling me.”

“You’re welcome, but why did you want to know about the dog, and what it looked like?”

“Oh, it’s because my dog ran away and I am trying to find him for my mom.”

“Oh…well I hope you find your dog.”

“Thanks, I hope I find him too.”

The school bell rang. I went home to go tell my parents what my friend told me. They were happy because there was still a chance that we could find Mumbles again, and that now we actually knew where to find him this time. The next day after school we went to go look for him around my friend’s house. My dad drove around and I had to keep a look out for him. We kept driving and driving and driving…when all of a sudden… I saw a dog! I told my dad, “STOP! He stopped the car and we got out. It was him! it was Mumbles! Sitting there scared because he was at a stranger’s house. We called out to the person who lived here.

She came out and asked us, “Is this your dog?”

“Yes!” I said back.

She opened her fence and gave us Mumbles. My dad and I were so happy that we found him.

We went back home and my mom saw Mumbles. She couldn’t believe we found him for her and she was so happy. Then, she told my dad, “Next time, make sure you lock the fence right, so we won’t have to go through all of this again!”

We all started to laugh.

“I know, I know,” my dad told my mom.

Ever since then we made sure to lock the fence right, and Mumbles never ran away again.