A book for younger readers, illustrated by Brian Kogler
Dylan wanted a puppy more than anything in the world. Any kind of puppy. He didn't care if it had long legs or short, if it was black or white or brown and spotted. He just wanted a dog. He would look after it, and play with it, and take it for walks, and teach it tricks . . . and name it Toby.
But Dylan's parents say that he is too young to be responsible for a pet. So when he finds a puppy hiding in a tin can at the tip, Dylan takes the puppy home and hides it . . .