Once upon a time there was a young little mule deer lost in the woods. He was a small deer, with large, mule like ears. His name was “Nick.” Nick spent many days wandering through the woods in search of his family. Along his travels, Nick ran into many other animals. One of the animals Nick met along the way was Bossey the black bear. Bossey told Nick that his family was probably in a farmer’s field eating oats.
After Nick had heard that, he decided to look outside the woods in a farmers field. Without any luck, Nick could not find his family in any of the fields nearby. Nick was on his way back to the woods when he saw some people standing outside in a farmers yard. Nick decided to go into the yard because he was a curious little deer.
At first the people standing in the yard did not notice the little deer walking towards them. Then the farmer’s dog began to bark at Nick. Nick was scared at first, but the people seemed friendly and Nick was lonely. The dog stopped barking and everyone stopped what they were doing and looked at the little mule deer.
Nick then asked the dog his name. The dog replied, “my name is Max, and I am the watchdog around here.” Max then asked why Nick was not in the woods. Nick then told him that he was lost. “You can stay here if you want,” said Max. Nick decided to take Max up on his offer and they became friends.
The farmer fed Nick some oats, and made Nick a little bed of straw. Nick was glad that some nice people took him in because it was cold out. Nick spent the next day playing with the cows and the horses. He loved staying on this farm, but still missed his family.
One day, when nick was playing with the horses, he looked off into the field and saw a large herd of mule deer. Nick walked a little closer and recognized the heard. It was his family! Nick was so excited.
Nick’s family was so happy that they had found him. They told Nick that they were going back to the woods right away, and Nick must hurry if he wanted to say good bye to Max and the farmer and the rest of the animals.
Max and the farmer were sad to see Nick leave, but they knew that Nick belonged with his real family. Just before Nick left, the farmer put a tag on Nick’s ear. The tag read “Nick,” that way everyone would recognize their little friend.