Millie promised her dog Honey and Honey's litter--Salazar, Jasmine, Burt, and Blinky a day of fun and picnic at the lake. She kept her word, and they set out trekking at the edge of the forest. As they were getting near the lake, Salazar found an egg-shaped, silvery shining vehicle, which, to their surprise, will take them to a journey and adventure beyond their imagination.
Join Millie and the gang as they ride the Instant Traveling Machine and explore Catatonia, a planet of felines, beautiful scenery, and one extraordinary amusement park.
Millie didn’t hear the screen door open and close, but she awoke to
the sound of four little fur balls running down the hall to the bedroom.
Honey was right behind them. The puppies were exactly like their mother
in that they were perfectly honey brown in color. Their hair was so fine
that it was almost like the fur on a stuffed toy, all soft and cuddly.
Each puppy was trying to be quiet, but in their excitement, their voices
kept getting louder and louder, until Honey had to shush them into
silence once again.
Honey was a beautiful dark brown colored Collie and Labrador mix, but
she looked more like a fox in the sleekness of her face with its long
thin nose. She was a medium sized dog of three years and this was her
first litter. The puppies were about 6 months old and constantly on the
move. They rarely sat anyplace for long unless it was their
mid-afternoon nap or the long night time sleep.
Salazar was the biggest male puppy and he was usually the ringleader in
all mischief. He stood a little taller than the rest and he was very
outgoing and quick to come to the protection of the others.
Burt was the other male and he was mostly a calm and sedate character
who would sit and watch what was going on to make sure no one got in
trouble before joining in on any playtime activities.
Blinky was the smallest female and she was constantly batting her eyes,
like her vision needed clearing. She occasionally rubbed her paw over
her face as if it itched. Sometimes she would spend five minutes rubbing
one paw over her long pointed nose, and then she would do the same with
the other. When she was nervous, her eyes batted even faster than
And that leaves Jasmine, a big female pup with an aloof attitude, like
she was the queen mother herself. She would come up and stare at you and
expect you to know that she was allowing you to pet her and even hold
her in your lap. She would usually be the one to enter into any fun
looking activity and never worry about whether they were going to get
Honey had a soft silken female voice like that of an angel. She spoke in
a strong, yet quiet tone that carried a long way, as if she were
shouting, which she rarely did. She was very intelligent and never
reacted to a command instantly. She would sit and think about what was
said and process it before going off to do whatever it was she was
asked. As she sat and pondered you could see in her eyes that her brain
was running through her vocabulary trying to find a match. If she could
not comprehend a word or she was asked something new, she would stare at
you and cock her head to the side and slightly close one eye, as if
asking you to rephrase the command so that she could understand.
Millie lay in the bed with her eyes closed and pretended to be asleep.
She knew that she promised Honey and her children that they would go to
the lake in the valley down the long hill today. She also knew that they
were anxious to get started so they would have all day to play in the
water. Her parents were on a short holiday, that ended today, and left
her in charge of the house while they were gone. She enjoyed having the
house to herself and to be able to come and go as she pleased. She was
very intelligent and liked being able to make her own decisions.
Millie was 14 years old. She was tall for her age and just a little on
the thin side. She had medium brown hair that reached the middle of her
back and was just a few shades darker than Honey and her pups. She had
an infectious smile and a laugh that could brighten a rainy day. She
could hear Honey and the puppies in the hallway, “Now, y’all go in
the bathroom and grab a towel each and Sal, you get two beach blankets
so that we will have a place to sit when we have our picnic.”
Blinky giggled, “Mommy called you Sal.” She giggled again in her
high pitched voice, as Salazar pressed his face down into his paws
embarrassed. Blinky’s eyes were flashing brightly as her eyelids
opened and closed like hummingbird wings. They always seemed to blink
faster when she was giggling, which was most of the time. She found
Salazar grumbled something unintelligible at Blinky as he headed off to
the bathroom, all the others following after him. “We are going to the
lake. We are going to the laaaake! WE ARE GOING TO THE LAAA-AKE!” They
all started to chant at once.”
“SHUSH!” Honey admonished over her shoulder as she pressed her nose
into the bedroom door. “If you upset Miss Millie, I doubt if you will
even get to play in the yard today. Now, Quiet!”
Turning toward the door, she pressed her nose into the crack and walked
forward a little, opening the door slowly, to keep it from squeaking, as
it was prone to do if you opened it quickly. Just as it was opened
enough to walk through and the door was stopping its movement, it let
out the barest of squeaks. Just one little “squeak”
Excerpted from "Millie and Honey: The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure: Volume I CATATONIA" by J. D. Means. Copyright © 2012 by J. D. Means. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
J. D. Means
Joe was born in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from Findlay High School in 1975. From there he joined the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger in Savanah, Georgia. After he left the Army, he went to the Aviation College in Ozark, Alabama and began his 30+ year career in Aviation Maintenance. He has worked in several locations throughout the United states and Overseas: Ohio - (Birth through High School), Louisanna - (U.S. Army Basic Training (Ft. Polk) Rotor Aides - Grand Isle), Alabama - Sikorsky and DynCorp (Ft. Rucker) also Dothan (Hayes Int.), Georgia - (1st Ranger Battalion), Indiana - (Grissom Universal Services, Inc), Minneapolis, Minnesota - (Northwest Airlines), Germany - (Agusta, Raytheon, Serv-Air, & E-Systems), Saudi Arabia - (Agusta), Dyabiker, Turkey - (Agusta), France - (Agusta), Baghdad, Iraq - (Raytheon), Kandahar, Afghanistan (L-3).
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