d20 Modern: Beginnings
George Newton and his wife Alice have three children Ryce, Ted and Emily. They have a St. Bernard dog. The father, George Newton, doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a dog, but his wife, Alice, and their children convince him otherwise. While trying to name their new-found dog, the youngest daughter, Emily, plays a portion of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the puppy barks along; the family thus names him “Beethoven.”
While George focuses on Beethoven’s negative qualities, the rest of the family grows attached to Beethoven. He helps the children overcome their problems in various ways; he scares off the bullies that were bothering middle-child Ted, helps the eldest girl, Ryce, talk to her crush, and saves Emily’s life when she falls in the irresponsible babysitter’s swimming pool. However, George becomes increasingly jealous of the affection Beethoven receives, feeling as though he is being neglected as the family fawns over Beethoven. His frustration comes to a head when Beethoven’s antics ruin a barbecue George is hosting for two venture capitalists looking to invest in his car freshener firm.