Everyone knows that Alfie and Dino are best friends, but there was once a time when they hadn’t even met…
Dino lived in a shop with lots of other toys. There were blue stripy cats that squeaked when children squeezed their tummies, pretty ragdoll princesses with long hair for brushing, toys that rattled, and wiggled, and even toys that could talk. But there was only one Dino. The lady who owned the shop had chosen just one to see if he would sell quickly. She placed him in the window, and he watched all sorts of people walk past. Days turned in to weeks and no one even asked to look at Dino.
One day, Alfie and mummy were out for a walk with Grandma. There were lots of really boring shops that Grandma wanted to look in. Alfie started to cry and whine because he hated being in his buggy. Mummy wouldn’t take him out though, she said there was nowhere for little boys to play here. They walked a little way to a shop window while they waited for Grandma. Alfie saw a dinosaur in the window and waved to it.
Inside the shop Mummy showed Alfie a stripy cat that squeaked. Alfie threw it on the floor. He didn’t like cats. Mummy showed him a cuddly rabbit. He chewed it’s ear, but it didn’t taste right so he gave it back to Mummy. Then she showed him the dinosaur from the window. Alfie smiled and reached out for it.
Mummy got distracted talking to grandma, but Alfie didn’t mind. He and Dino played together for a little while, they really liked each other. Eventually Mummy said it was time to go, and took Dino away. Alfie began to cry and reached out for Dino again. “Do you really like it that much?” Asked Mummy. She looked at the label in dino’s ear and then looked sadly at Alfie. “He costs too many pennies, he has to stay here my love.” Alfie cried some more, and so did Dino. Dino thought he had found a new home but now he was going back to the window!
"You can’t say no to that face" said grandma, taking Dino off mummy and giving him back to Alfie. She paid the shopkeeper and Alfie and Dino were allowed to stay together. Every day since then they have done everything together!