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Inside Highlights® January 2018

How Arizona’s really good deed turned into a pet-sitting disaster

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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The takeaway goes like this: always have plan B ready to go—and ask plenty of questions.
Ask Arizona

Arizona shares her best tips when a reader who wants to pet-sit a cat worries he may not be up to the challenge. Check out the summary of our monthly Ask Arizona feature here or get the full details on the pet-sitting misadventure on pages 40–41 of the January 2018 issue of Highlights. Then use the prompts that follow to start a conversation with your child and help him boost his reading comprehension.

Recap: “Unsure on the North Shore” is so nervous about caring for his vacationing aunt’s cat that he isn’t sure he should even do it! Arizona encourages the reader to proceed with his plan but to make sure he knows ahead of time what to do and whom to call if problems develop.

Conversation Starters:

  • What would you rather do: baby-sit or pet-sit?
  • Which would be more fun for you—and why? Which would be more challenging? Explain your answer.
  • If you were to pet-sit, would you do it for fun, to get paid, or to help a relative, friend, or neighbor?
  • What kind of experience do you think you should have to be a responsible and reliable pet-sitter?
  • What would you do or whom would you call if you were pet-sitting a pup and couldn’t get him to listen?

Reading-Comprehension Boosters:

  • Why did Mrs. Gonzales name her dog “Rascal”?
  • Why doesn’t Rascal get to run around as much as he’d like to?
  • What did Mrs. Gonzales tell Arizona and Ollie to do if they returned to the house before she did?
  • What kind of trouble did Rascal get into while Arizona and Ollie were pet-sitting?
  • What commands didn’t work with Rascal? According to Mrs. Gonzales, what commands would have worked?