Monday, April 20, 2015

Auction for Petz in Need!!!!

 Blogville is being asked again to support one of our families in ned!  This time it is AMber Da Weenie and her pack in FLorida.  Her Human sister is having serious medical issues due to Lupus and has lost one leg and will require more surgery before she can finally begin the long road to recovery.  We the DWM are having WHN donate a quilted placemat, a stocking and a quilt to support AMber and her family.  Lin ks to the auction item will post once they are available, so we hope that Blogville will pawticipate.  A goFundMe page has also been set up

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Wild Blue, Black and Tan Yonder (Not Necessarily in That Order)

Chapter 12

By now, a heavy rain was falling, and the sirens continued. When they all reached the ground, Walter pulled a tarp off the DUK, and they all hopped inside.

Walter started up the motor, and they began driving. 

"Where are we going?" Easy asked.

"We've got a Tsunami alert", Snoopy said. "We're going to try to drive to Blogville."

"Why do we have to ride in this contraption?" Easy asked.

"This is a DUK", Ernie said. "It can run on land like a jeep, or on the water like a boat. We're using this in case the Tsunami hits."

"Is that like a tidal wave?" Easy asked.

"Yeah", Snoopy said. "We don't call them tidal waves any more, because oceanographers get mad."


"Because they have nothing to do with the tide."

"So why do we call them tsunamis?"

"It's a Japanese word", Snoopy said.

"What's it mean?"

"Tidal wave", Ernie said.

The rain was getting harder, and so was the wind. Walter hoped it wouldn't blow the canopy off the roof. As the neared the beach, the tail end of the blimp came back into view.

Snoopy looked up, and said, "Here's the plan. We take the DUK to to Blogville, and we pick up Ranger and the Jet Jeep, and take him to where he's within a safe distance to the blimp."

"Copy that", Walter said.

"Why do they call this a DUK?" Easy asked.

Walter blew the horn. It went "Quack quack!"

Easy then looked out the rear of the DUK and said, "What's that?"

Ernie looked, and saw a big funnel cloud. "It's a waterspout!", he said. "Let's get out of here!"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Wild Blue, Black and Tan Yonder (Not Necessarily in That Order)

Chapter 11

Tasha looked out the front window of the blimp, and said, "How are we going to get down?"

"Until that storm clears, we're going to be in a holding pattern", Shasta said. "How does it look?"

"Still dark."

Suddenly, a jolt ran through the blimp, and it looked like they were picking up speed. Tasha grabbed the seat, and said, "What's happening?"

"We caught a tail wind. Our ground speed is up to 300 knots, and it's getting faster."

"Can't you do something?"

"We don't have that kind of power. I'll let go some air and see if we can rise above it."

Shasta reached up and pulled out the air valves. They could hear a hiss, and the altimeter turned green, but the ground speed was still increasing, and the airfield was now getting farther away. Within seconds, the ground below gave way to the beach, then the open sea.

At Squeaky Toy Tower, Walter said, "This doesn't look good."

"Where are they going?", Easy asked.

"It looks like they have a tail wind", Snoopy said.

"Is that bad?", Easy asked.

"It'll conserve their fuel", Ernie said. "But they won't be able to control the blimp until the wind dies down. By that time, they might not have enough fuel to return. Where is that Jet Jeep?"

Suddenly, they heard a loud siren. Walter pulled off his headset, and said, "Clear the tower!"

Up in the blimp, Shasta momentarily rested her paw on what she thought was the deck. Suddenly, the blimp seemed to be going into a turn. She looked down, and saw two pedals. 

Pushing down on the left one turned the blimp to the left, and pushing the right one turned the blimp to starboard.

"I found the rudder controls", she said. "Now, let's see if we can steer away from the tail wind."