Roxie runs after the trash truck to save her precious pet toy poodle.
But she's too late! The truck drives out.
The camera pulls out as the truck sputters off with her best friend. She watches happiness disappear into the distance.
That evening, the hoary black cloud of despair hangs low over the Heartaches' house.
A destroyed family gathers to taste of the first bitter chunks of forever blanded suppers.
Mom wonders what the heck is wrong with her usually jolly child, the once sparkling globule of proud joy who now withers like a dried caterpillar besotten leaf before her eyes.