"Well thank you kindly. My name is Chance," said the horse. "You
are welcome to visit us anytime. What brings you to our town?"
"I am here to meet the Animal Control Pawficer," said Henry.
"Pawficer Andy sent me".
"Oh, I know Pawficer Andy," said Chance. "Did you ever wonder
why they are called 'Animal Control Pawficers'?" Chance asked Henry.
"It seems to me it is the people who need help with control."
"I know what you mean," Henry agreed. "Some uprights don't
take care of their animals, and WE are the ones they send the cruisers
"Just once I would like to drive a cruiser around town," said Henry.
"Only I would like it to say 'Upright Control Unit". Henry
and Chance laughed.
"You'd fit in just fine here," Chance told Henry.
"Pleased to meet you," they said to Henry.
"Where did you learn to dance like that?" asked Henry.
"Hawk and I have visited many nursing homes to bring cheer to senior
citizens. I learned to dance with my upright to bring smiles to their
faces. Senior citizens are uprights who usually know how to communicate
"Yes," agreed Hawk. "They are usually the wisest of all uprights."
"Yes," agreed Henry. "Molly calls them antiques."
They all laughed.
"Why thank you," said April. "What a gentleman you are!
Are you from around here?"
"From the South, Ma'am," said Henry pawlitely.
"How did you come so far north?" asked Hawk.
"I was rescued and transported here," said Henry.
"Looks like you hit the jack pot, you found a gorgeous home!" said
Henry, looking around at the sparkling barn and grounds.
"You look pretty happy yourself," Indy said to Henry. "But I wasn't
always this lucky. My first owner bought me because she thought it
would be fun to own a horse. She didn't know how much time I would
take, and how much work she was going to have to do."
"So you ended up in rescue?" asked Henry.
"That's how I got here," said Indy. "Now I get all the
hugs and kisses I want. --And also the other things a horse really
needs, like fresh carrots and clean stalls and brushing and veterinary
care. You name it, we've got it. I don't have any worries anymore."
"My friends over there thought that someone may have shrunken you,"
said Henry, slightly embarrassed to acknowledge how short the horses were.
Hawk let out a giant laugh, (for such a little horse). "We
are Miniature Horses," said Hawk. "We are supposed to be this size."
"He?" asked Indy.
"Well, I haven't met him yet," said Henry. "I'm still waiting
for him to get here."
"Well wait no longer," said Indy. "He, is back."
"You mean?" asked Henry. "The Pawficer is the beautiful lady?"
Now it was Henry's turn to laugh out loud. "Wait 'til
I tell Cricket and Molly. They were certain he, I mean she,
was going to be a nasty man in a funny car who hated animals and drove
around snatching dogs and putting them in jail."
Indy smiled a big smile too.
"Pawficer Ellen would do anything for an animal in need," she said
proudly. "She is the best trained Upright I have ever known.
No matter what the time of day or night, if there is an animal in trouble,
she goes right away to help. She's rescued dogs, birds, horses, cats,
a lizard and even raccoons and their little raccoon babies."
"As long as the Uprights paint the cars," said Indy, "they'll probably
get it wrong."
"I just wish folks didn't think that the Animal Pawficer was a bad
guy. If they only knew the sacrifices pawficers make every day to
keep the animals safe, they wouldn't think of them as villains. They
really are rescue angels," said April.
"Oh I know all about rescue angels," said Henry. "Cricket and
Molly are going to be so surprised."