Today is Anastasia Pickering ("Pickles) 's sixth birthday and the day she gets her very first dog! But their new dog, Rufus, seems frightened and the excitement of the dog selection process tests her patience at every turn. . .and raindrops start to fall. With the guidance of Patience, a ponytail-riding, blueberry-snitching fairy, Pickles patiently allows her new shelter dog time to adapt. Children learn about the virtue of patience, as well as the value of a positive attitude, for anyone can have a rainy day! It also helps children understand the importance of listening to their fairy/inner wisdom when they find themselves in a "pickle."