Adventures with Astro: Sharing a Love of Books and Dogs by Susan Day Part 2
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.
All you have to do is find a nice comfy spot, and share this post on your phone or tablet.
Astro’s Adventures: The Great Escape – A Prisoner!
Meanwhile, in an underground building somewhere in a quiet suburb a computer sounds an alarm and a dachshund named Hans let out a yelp of excitement.
“Sir, Sir! Our electronic detection monitor intercepted this email. Sir? It’s urgent!”
Hans spun away from his desk and skittered over to Commander Rocky.
“We only have part of the message; the rest hasn’t come through. It’s completely scrambled, but you can clearly see the last line: I am imprisoned. I haven’t had a walk in over a week! I am a PRISONER!!!!
Commander Rocky read it carefully and shook his head. “Leave it to me. I’ll take control of this,” he said. “We will get word to him immediately.”
Commander Rocky turned away from the bone he had been gnawing. Hans glanced at it longingly, but quickly averted his eyes so as not to make his Commander angry.
Commander Rocky was a large black Border collie. He was in charge of the Canine Release Program. He had worked his way through the ranks of The Organization throughout his life and, now, at five years of age was considered one of their highest ranking officers.
Commander Rocky takes Control
Commander Rocky glared down at the Dachshund, “Oh, and Hans, assemble my team. We will not tolerate humans who treat their dogs like cats! No walkies! This is inhumane!”
Hans tilted his head in confusion.
“I mean, Un-canine!” Commander Rocky corrected himself.
Hans spun around so fast he hit himself in the face with his own tail. His short legs slipped on the floor as his scurried quickly out of the Control Centre.
Commander Rocky took a deep breath, calmed himself and sat in front of the computer and wrote the following email.
From: The Organization
To: Prisoner Astro
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 6:34 PM
Subject: Top Secret
Dear Prisoner Astro,
It has been brought to our attention that you are being held prisoner against your will. Please note: The Organization will act on your behalf and will issue a writ or something that sounds very important, and demand your release. There is also a team being assembled immediately to ensure your escape.
I understand from your captors that, “it is for your own good”. We know this is a common tactic by humans who don’t like going out in the rain and getting their feet wet even though they wear shoes! It’s maddening!
We will continue the fight for your freedom, and the freedom of many other dogs stuck inside, “for their own good”, and would like to offer this advice: don’t trust the cat, he may taste delicious but he is full of hidden spiky things that will hurt you.
Yours in Paws, Commander Rocky
Help is on its Way
In club all types of dogs were playing together. It was noisy and overcrowded. The microchip of a small terrier gave a pulse. Operative Digger slipped from the play area, and made his way outside to receive his mission.
Microchips were originally implanted in dogs and cats as identification devices by humans. The Organization had re-calibrated them so they could be used to send and receive messages.
Digger checked there was no one else close by. Once he was sure he was alone, he scratched at his collar seven times vigorously to activate the antenna and receive his orders.
Meanwhile the Control Centre received this email:
From: Astro’s Mum
To: J. E. Daily
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 7:15 PM
Subject: How’s ya day?
Hi Jane! My stomach muscles are hurting – I cannot stop laughing at your previous email – it was hilarious! That one paragraph is a great basis for a book. Do you know how to write? It will make you a fortune. Astro has requested a small part as an extra; he really looks up to Benji and Lassie and we all know he was born to act; he’s such a drama queen! ROFL!!!!!!
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