This is Andy.
This is Bentsen.
Andy and Bentsen believe that the world is a wonderful place filled with special things for them, and anyone else, to find.
Every day, they go for a walk and find things.
Bentsen finds things with his nose that Andy can't see. Bentsen stops walking when he wants to smell something good.
Andy finds things with his eyes that he might miss if he and Bentsen walk too fast. He slows down so he can notice. Bentsen helps with this.
One day when Andy and Bentsen were out walking, Bentsen smelled a smell that was so wonderful to him that he not only stopped, he put all four of his paws into the ground as if to say, "I want us to stay right here right now." Andy stopped walking while Bentsen smelled the wonderful smell. Andy wondered what it was like to be able to smell like Bentsen could smell, and just what could be so wonderful that it would cause him to stop in his tracks.
When Bentsen was done smelling the wonderful smell, he and Andy started walking again. Suddenly, Andy saw something that made him stop in his tracks. It was a sign on a patch of ground. The sign said, "Give and Take Garden."
On the ground, around the sign, were lots of little toys, cars and trucks and plastic rings and marbles. There were lots of pretty little rocks, too, and some nice small plants. The patch of ground wasn't very big, but Andy could tell someone loved it very much.
Andy looked and looked at the Give and Take Garden. Bentsen smelled and smelled the Give and Take Garden. Both Andy and Bentsen were happy for having found the Give and Take Garden. They continued on their walk with a spring in their step.
That night, back at home, with Bentsen asleep at his side, Andy thought about the Give and Take Garden. He decided that it was a place for people to bring little toys they wanted someone else to have, and take little toys they found there that they wanted to have.
Andy knew right then and there that he and Bentsen would go back to the Give and Take Garden the next day and leave a little toy for someone else to have.
So the next day, Andy and Bentsen went out walking, this time with a destination in mind. Bentsen still slowed down to smell smells along the way, and Andy slowed down so Bentsen could smell the smells. But both Andy and Bentsen seemed to be walking a little faster.
They arrived at the Give and Take Garden. It looked just as magical as it had the day before. Andy saw the cars and trucks and plastic rings and marbles. Bentsen smelled the toys and the rocks and the plants. They were happy to be there.
From his pocket, Andy took out a red toy car that he wanted someone else to have. He put it down right next to the sign that said Give and Take Garden. Bentsen smelled the red toy car.
Andy then saw a plastic ring that he hadn't seen the day before. It was orange and made to fit a small finger or a big finger. On its top, it had a picture of a strong woman superhero. Andy decided he would take the ring. Andy put the ring on the little finger of his left hand, the same hand that he used to hold Bentsen's leash.
Together, Andy and Bentsen walked away from the Give and Take Garden, this time even happier than the day before.