How Doodle Met Molly
Doodle, the canine narrator of The Doodlebugged Mysteries makes no secret of the fact that he flunked out of service-dog training. His reason is that “smart and obedient don’t always go hand in hand.” In this excerpt from Bed-Bugged, Doodle explains how he came to be a bed-bug dog for the boss, and, more important, how he met Molly.
Chapter 1: How It All Began
HERE’S THE STORY OF WHAT happened when I took the Canine Good Citizen test. Actually, it is the story of a bunch of other things, too, but they all mostly started with the test, which Molly says turned out to be way more complicated, not to mention dangerous, than she planned.
The idea to take the test came from Molly’s friend, Grady, who goes to her school, but is in a different class. She met Grady when his mother did this big video blog about the bed-bug business that the boss (Molly’s dad) and I run—he gets the jobs, I sniff out the bugs.
The blog had tons of what the boss calls “unintended consequences.” Not sure what he means, except he went from texting and calling Grady’s mother all day, to being really angry with her for a while. In fact, things got pretty exciting all around. That’s when, as Molly puts it, “Grady saved our bacon,” which can only be a good thing, right? Although, to be honest, I don’t actually remember any bacon being involved, which is strange because bacon is something I don’t usually forget.