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By Slim Randles

Billy had to get his chores done early. It was the heat, of course. Now that it’s summer, he no longer has to escort the kids across the street while Martin holds the sign. No kids at the crosswalk for a couple of weeks now.

So Billy, being the official town dog, was still kind of feeling his way along in this business, because he was not quite a year into his reign and he was learning to roll with the seasons.

He got up from his bed under the elm tree before it was even daylight and went on down to the Mule Barn truck stop and coffee shop, because they turned their lights on first. Well, except for the police station, and nobody needed him there, really.


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