CJ desperately wants to have the puppy Molly for her own. However, her rather self-absorbed mother does not like dogs and would never agree to let her daughter keep the dog. Keeping Molly in the basement with instructions to keep quiet when her mother is home, CJ relishes her time alone with the dog and even skips school to be with her. When Molly escapes from the basement and is picked up by Animal Control while exploring the neighborhood, CJ’s mom takes the puppy to the animal shelter without telling her daughter. CJ, learning of her mother’s action, is determined to get Molly back no matter what she has to do to do so. A story for animal lovers that does examine some poor choices by both CJ and her mother, this latest in the Puppy Tales series is one not to be missed.