Adventures with Astro: Sharing a Love of Books and Dogs by Susan Day Part 18
Sharing books and stories with your grandchildren is an excellent way to create memories which will last a lifetime.
Susan Day, children’s author and blogger, is going to share the first book in the Astro’s Adventures series, The Great Escape with us.
Susan began the Astro’s Adventures series of books out of a love dogs and reading. The books were created to inspire children to not only become better readers, but also to become responsible pet owners.
Each week the next instalment will be published here so you can share it with your grandchildren.
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Astro’s Adventures: The Great Escape – The Dogs Break into the Checkout
Dingo had followed Indy, but was not strong enough to climb the fence never mind throw himself over the electric wire. Instead, he lay on his side and slipped his tiny frame under the fence. She glared at him disapprovingly.
“Only rats crawl under fences,” she said in a low growl.
“I’m sick of these rat comments,” Dingo said in a huff and trotted off towards the office.
Indy ducked and rolled and slid herself under one of the buildings where she waited.
Back at Control Centre, the computer showed the movements of each operative. Hans monitored it very carefully. The large brown dot hadn’t moved. “Sumo!” he sighed in exasperation.
Sumo had received his message at the same time as the others, but needed a few prods to get moving. Hans hit the alert button several times and Sumo felt his microchip buzz again.
“I’m going. I’m going,” he muttered to himself and staggered towards the front gate.
What a Terrible Place!
As he approached, his old heart felt sad as he thought of all his friends that had been taken to this place and had never returned. Some were pups in their prime who had been wrongly accused of being vicious when they were only protecting their bone. Others had been left at this place after years of faithful service to humans and ended their days in a cold, loveless environment.
Then there were those who through no fault of their own had become sick and injured and their humans couldn’t afford to pay the vet bills. A cold shiver ran down his old spine.
He stopped at the front gate and coughed loudly. A few minutes later he had begun to nod off, then the huge gate creaked open. Instantly, he could smell cold despair and he coughed again but this time he was trying to remove the terrible taste from the back of his throat.
“Well, what have we got here?” a human voice creaked. It was an elderly man. He was stooped and withered. He had a bland brown uniform on and he smelt of disinfectant and cigarette smoke.
“Looks like you’re on your last legs old fella. Better come inside and we’ll take care of you… sort of.” The man chuckled to himself and pushed the door open for Sumo to squeeze through. He clanged it shut with a loud bang and Sumo shuffled inside the dark and hopeless place.
“Never thought it would end like this,” he muttered to himself sadly.
The Tunnel is Finished
Alfie had followed Digger into the tunnel and was extremely pleased with his efforts. He had been able to keep up with Digger and had removed all the dirt. He was now helping Digger complete the tunnel.
“Stop,” ordered Digger. He checked the GPS attached to his collar. “We need to go right and start tunneling upwards.” Alfie turned left and dug another two feet in a matter of seconds. “Right! You Dope!” barked Digger in a high pitched yelp.
Alfie pulled himself up and scratched his head. He turned and looked at Digger for help. Digger pointed in the correct direction and Alfie shrugged his shoulders and dug energetically at the wall of dirt in front of him. Within a few minutes, they had broken through the grass and were peering around.
“Nice digging,” complemented Digger who was genuinely surprised at how fast Alfie had accomplished the task. “Now, where’s Indy?”
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