Laddie: My Four-Legged Protector
by Don Marler
Back in 1945 on Christmas Eve Day, a blizzard hit Wichita, Kansas. A freezing puppy crawled through a hole in the cinderblock wall of Tex's Welding shop. Tex had told Donnie the week before, "There's no money to buy presents this year." How could Tex anticipate what his wife, Irene, might do, if he took a free dog home to their four-year-old son so he could have a Christmas present, after all?