Kylie, Kana and June have a problem. Their shoes, or at least some of them have gone missing. Laura doesn't seem to be affected though, she hasn't lost any shoes, at least, not yet. It's an odd problem, but nobody really seems to know who could be behind it. There are some ideas flying though: perhaps maybe Roberto? He's been going home early a lot lately. Laura arrives home and finds Hamtaro sleeping. He wakes up and is ready and raring to go. She asks him if he was a good boy, but he doesn't seem to be interested in chatter, he just wants to play. Then, Laura finds that one of her shoes has gone missing too. Hamtaro takes the problem to the clubhouse. The ham-hams agree that they should try and do something to solve the problem. Oxnard's certainly interested, since Kana is one of those who lost a shoe and he "hates callouses" and Penelope and Pashmina want to track the thief down for Kylie and Junes' sake. Hamtaro says they'll search for clues at every house that's missing a shoe. In the meantime, Laura and Kana are also out and about. Laura says that she isn't going to put up with what's happening. Kana, sort of dragged along by Laura's strong will, ends up being a part of the search to find the missing shoes and the thief who took them. The ham-hams don detective outfits and head to Laura's place, where Hamtaro finds tiny footprints. They're small enough that they have to be those of an animal, but the ham-hams aren't sure just what exactly. Then, Boss picks up a scent. It's not enough for him to identify the culprit, but it's enough of a scent to follow. Meanwhile, Kana and Laura come across Roberto. Kana wonders if perhaps Roberto had one of his shoes taken too. The ham-hams come across a crow and think that maybe the crow could be thief. They nearly become food for the crow, but then a puppy appears and rescues them. They all hide at a playground. With the crow gone, the ham-hams get on their way. They tell the puppy they'll come back and play later. As they continue their investigation, Laura and Kana are walking along and come across a TV broadcast about a baby monkey that escaped from the local zoo. They wonder if the monkey could be the thief. They finally are also able to talk to Roberto, who reveals that his uncle gave him a little puppy, but it's gone missing. The girls realize that the reason Roberto has been running home so quickly lately is because of the puppy. As the girls talk with Roberto, the ham-hams come head-to-head with the monkey. It's a mischievous little monkey and the ham-hams soon also suspect that it might be the thief. The monkey chases after them and Oxnard wonders if anyone has a banana. The ham-hams climb up a pole, but the monkey still comes after them. Fortunately, the puppy dog comes to their rescue again. He finally ends up knocking the monkey into a pool, where a police officer spots it and takes it to be returned to the zoo. Now, Laura and Kana are out looking for Roberto's puppy. Kana thinks that they should have asked Roberto for its name, but Laura notes that puppies tend to just run up to anyone. They end up coming to a large house, which they recognize as Roberto's. It has to be his because it has his last name: Arvello, on the door. They find the puppy there as well. It's unchained, so it's no doubt: it's his. Then, the ham-hams find the missing sneakers behind a bush in the yard. Roberto comes and gives the puppy's name as Samba. He admonishes Samba for taking the shoes, but he's not mean and Laura and Kana are impressed with the way he handles the situation. He gives them back their shoes and then says that he's going to go to give the rest back to their rightful owners. Hamtaro notes that the "big-bad shoe thief" was really just a little puppy and Howdy cracks some bad jokes about "lacing up" the case. That evening, Laura reflects on the day's events. She thinks that Roberto is very good with dogs. Now if only he would work on his people skills. She thinks that it was a fun day and that tomorrow will be even better. She asks Hamtaro if he's thinking along the same lines and Hamtaro seems to agree.moreless
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