Adventures with Astro: Sharing a Love of Books and Dogs by Susan Day Part 22
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 – Astro Learns a Lesson
Commander Rocky and Astro came out of the tunnel into the bright sunlight. Commander Rocky pushed Astro towards the office, but Astro didn’t want to go.
“Look,” Astro whispered, “I think there’s been some sort of mistake. I’m a house dog. I live in a warm house with my own bed and food bowl. My owner wipes my feet when they’re wet and takes me for a walk every day. I mean, I’m not really cut out for this type of thing.…”
Commander Rocky put his paw over Astro’s mouth, “If you want to return to your precious home, then I’d keep quiet if I were you and do as you’re told.”
Astro was silenced. He was very frightened.
The warden came around the corner with Sumo. Commander Rocky and Astro ducked behind a building and waited for them to pass.
“Where’s he taking that old dog?” whispered Astro.
“I’ll show you,” answered Commander Rocky, and he trotted in the opposite direction.
The Terrible Fate of Dogs in Shelters
He led Astro around the corner of an old building called Cell Block D and then slipped in between a cyclone wire gate and a post. Astro followed, but he was very scared. It was very dark inside the cell block. This shocking place smelt of strong disinfectant, but there was another smell which was even more awful than Alfie: The smell of fear and despair. It took several seconds before their eyes adjusted to the dim light, but when it did both dogs gasped at the horror of what lay before them.
“What is this place?” choked Astro.
He stared into long cages where shadows lay on concrete floors. Some trembled and others were as still as stone.
“Are they dead?” asked Astro.
“Not yet,” whispered Commander Rocky. “All the dogs in this building will be gone soon enough.” He gritted his answer between clenched teeth; he was so angry.
“All good dogs: some old and some young. This is how some humans deal with the problems they have with their dogs. If the dog chews the furniture because he’s bored; if he barks too much because he’s lonely; if he bites because he’s tired or scared or hungry, he can end up in here. It’s not fair and it makes my blood boil.”
Find out what happens next…Astro’s Adventures Stories to Share