Adventures with Astro: Sharing a Love of Books and Dogs by Susan Day Part 30
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 Receives an Award
The Grand Hall of the Control Centre was humming with activity. Tables had been laid with the best table cloths and set out for a scrumptious dinner.
All the dogs were assembled in their best attire. So too, were the dogs that had been rescued. After medical care, training and several scrubs in the tub they had all found loving forever homes.
Commander Rocky approached the podium and bent the microphone up to his mouth. He cleared his throat. Operatives Digger, Indy, Sumo, Dingo and Alfie sat behind him quiet and still and next to them sat Astro.
“It is with great pride that I stand before you tonight,” he began. “This day will be forever recorded in our hearts and minds. Tales of bravery will, no doubt, be told for generations to come around warm heaters, open fires and in the queue at the fire hydrant.
For tonight, we celebrate the courage and bravery of our crack Operatives. All of whom made the Great Escape a reality with little care for their own safety and wellbeing. Some come from good homes and others have no homes except The Organization itself. Nonetheless, we have all come here tonight to give honour and thanks.”
The crowd applauded and cheered. Digger, Indy, Sumo, Dingo, Alfie and Astro stood up.
“Operative Digger, come forward and receive your medal,” instructed Commander Rocky.
Digger stepped proudly forward and bowed to the crowd. They cheered and clapped the little dog as Commander Rocky placed the gold medal around his neck.
“Indy, come forward,” boomed the big dog’s voice.
She walked up quickly, bent over sharply to receive her medal and gave a curt nod to the crowd before returning to her seat.
“Operative Dingo, you are next.”
Dingo trotted up and waved to the crowd. He took his medal, but it was so heavy he staggered and nearly toppled backwards. Commander Rocky set him straight and he dragged it back to his chair.
“Sumo!” Commander Rocky announced.
Alfie nudged Sumo who, as usual, had fallen asleep. Sumo yawned and slowly got out of his chair. He started making his way off stage but Indy and Digger grabbed him and pointed him towards the front of the stage.
“Isn’t it over yet?” he grumbled.
Once Sumo had received his medal, it was Alfie’s turn.
He bounced up so eagerly the stage began to shake and wobble. The crowd laughed and jeered.
“Settle,” whispered Commander Rocky. He placed the gold medal around Alfie’s neck and patted him on the shoulder. “Well done,” he commended.
Alfie trotted back to his seat and bit the medal to see what it tasted like.
Commander Rocky turned to the crowd.
“Silence, please.” A hush filled the room.
“And now, I would like to present the newest, and possibly the bravest dog in our organization. He showed tremendous courage and valor and if it weren’t for him, many of you wouldn’t be here today.”
He turned and looked at Astro. Alfie nudged him and smiled broadly.
“Come forward, Astro.”
Astro proudly walked forward waving to the crowd with his paws.
Rocky continued, “Along with this medal, I would like to bestow upon you the title of Operative Astro.”
Astro bent his head down and Commander Rocky placed the large medal around his scruffy neck. He stood back and Astro began to speak.
The crowd erupted. They cheered and whooped. Some danced with each other; others danced alone. They howled and bayed with sheer joy.
“It will not stop here, I promise you,” Astro barked over the noise. “I will make it my mission to make every doggie’s life full of fun, exercise and one free from cruelty. I will not stop until places such as the Check Out are gone. I will find homes for all doggies to live and be cared for.”
The crowd got more excited. Many didn’t hear his final words because they couldn’t wait any longer to celebrate. Soda corks popped and music boomed throughout the hall. The Operatives joined in the party and spent the whole night eating, dancing, singing and eating some more, especially Alfie.
It was certainly a night that no one would ever forget.
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