Adventures with Astro: Sharing a Love of Books and Dogs by Susan Day Part 26
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 – Don’t Save Me!
Commander Rocky and Astro banged and pulled at the last gate. No sound came from behind the bars.
“Perhaps this one’s empty,” remarked Astro.
“Yes, maybe,” agreed Commander Rocky and he tilted his head because he thought he could sense something. Alfie leaned forward and stretched his head above theirs.
“There’s someone in there,” he said. He pointed his large paw into the back corner. “See, just there.”
Both Commander Rocky and Astro peered through the gloom.
“He’s right,” yelped Astro. “Hey, come over here, we’ll help you out.”
The dark shape lifted its head and then put it back down again.
“Come on!” yelled Alfie, “The humans are coming. Quick!”
The shape didn’t move.
Astro became agitated. “We’re not leaving you behind!” he yelled. “Come on, Alfie; hit the gate with your head!”
Alfie immediately sprang into action. He took one step back and Commander Rocky and Astro took one step to the side to make room. He bent his head down, took a deep breath and hurled himself forwards.
He hit the gate with such force that the wire bent around his head and an indentation exactly the same shape remained there forever.
The gate sprung open and a cloud of dust and grit filled the air.
When it settled, Astro moved in gently. Still, the shape didn’t move.
He slowly stepped up and held out his paw. “Come with me. I’m Astro and I’m going to save you. You can trust me.”
The shape was a small dog. Her hair was very long. It hung from her head and body and swept along the floor. Astro could see that her hair was very mattered and dirty. He sensed that the little dog was ashamed of how she looked.
“Don’t worry. We’ll look after you,” Astro smiled.
Commander Rocky and Alfie stood back and watched. Commander Rocky looked over his shoulder. “We had better get going,” he said. “Alfie, go and help Indy and Digger. Astro and I will be okay with this one.”
Alfie nodded and left the building quietly. When he got to the tunnel, Digger was helping the last dog in.
“That’s the lot?” Digger asked.
“Only one left and she doesn’t want to come,” Alfie said sadly.
Digger looked at the old buildings. He patted Alfie on the side of his leg because he was too short to reach his shoulder.
“It can happen. Sometimes a dog can be hurt so many times she believes that nothing good can happen again,” he told Alfie.
“We’ve got to get these dogs back to Central Control for processing. They have to have baths and then we can find homes for them all.”
Alfie nodded and then smiled. “Good homes, Digger?”
“Excellent homes,” assured Digger with a smile. “Come on, big fella, let’s go.”
They both jumped into the tunnel and escaped.
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