Adventures with Astro: Sharing a Love of Books and Dogs by Susan Day Part 28
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 Last Dog is Saved
Once the cats were back on their feet they raced after Dingo and Indy. They just got to the entrance of the tunnel to see them disappear down it. Lily rushed forward to follow them with the twins close behind, but a large dark mass thrust itself out of the hole and burped loudly. It sounded like thunder and smelt like a three month old dirty sock. The cats were thrown back with the force and then they passed out from the smell.
“Come on, Alfie,” Indy called over her shoulder. “That will do.”
Once they came around, the cats wanted to get out as quickly as possible. They all scrambled under the fence except Speed Bump Charlie. He decided to try and climb over it, but he touched the electric wire and the shock sent him flying through the air. He landed on the back of an interstate truck and he was never seen again.
Meanwhile, Astro moved closer to the small dog. She stood up, but turned her back on Astro so he couldn’t see her.
“Leave me here,” she demanded. “I have nothing to live for.”
“That’s silly,” said Astro. “There are lots of things to live for. Aren’t there, Commander Rocky?”
Astro looked behind him at Commander Rocky who nodded. He had wanted Astro to see for himself how unlucky some dogs were: How badly they had been treated. He hadn’t thought Astro to be the rescuing kind of dog. Because he had been so spoilt, Commander Rocky thought that he was a coward and a weakling. Now Commander Rocky was very proud of him.
Astro nudged the little dog, “What’s your name?”
She looked over her shoulders; her eyes were large and wet. “Roxy,” she whispered.
“I’m Astro and this is Commander Rocky.”
Roxy looked around at the Commander. She had heard tales of The Organization when she was in her litter, but had thought they were only fairy stories to put a young puppy’s mind at ease.
Stories of The Organization were told to all puppies when it was time to leave their mothers and go to their new homes. They were told that if they weren’t looked after properly, a wonderful group of secret operatives would rescue them.
Commander Rocky bowed his head slowly.
“Are you really Commander Rocky?” she asked a sparkle of hope glistened in her eyes.
“Yes, that’s him,” Astro answered. He was very enthusiastic. “Let’s go and we can tell you all about The Organization when we’re safe.”
Roxy looked at them both and then down at her coat. “I had a lovely home once. I was washed and bathed every day. My owner brushed my long coat and put bows in my hair.” She began to sob. “Then she got sick and I had to live with another family. They liked me, but soon my long coat became too much and they couldn’t afford to look after me.”
She looked up into Astro’s eyes, “I was such a good dog. I couldn’t help being born with a long coat. I didn’t hurt anyone.”
Astro nodded and put his paw on her shoulder. “Let’s go, little Roxy. I promise we will find you a lovely home.”
He walked her slowly out of the pen and down the corridor.
Find out what happens next…Astro’s Adventures Stories to Share