Previously: As mile after mile after mile slowly passed, so too their daydream thoughts began to overcome their vigilance.
The K9 deputies moving much faster than their human friends had already passed into Cook County and were rapidly working their way along northeast shoreline when they stopped suddenly—all senses on alert and scanning for the danger ahead.
There was danger ahead—extreme danger.
Season Ten—Chapter Six—WAANAKI`—Episode 3…
The K-9 Deputies were deployed with Daisy nearest the lake, Pepper on the trail and Buttons in the forest on their right flank.
They, like their human friends, had lapsed into daydreaming as the boredom overtook them—fortunately not to the same degree as the humans.
All three suddenly stopped; all senses at maximum.
“Crap,” Daisy thought to herself, “The humans have dog-people with them—we didn’t anticipate that. Fortunately, they are not sentient. Now what can I do?”
Pepper had similar thoughts and being closer he was able to determine the dogs were fighting dogs—backed-up by armed humans. He also determined they were headed directly towards Buttons. He knew they had to warn Buttons, or to run to her aid—but which?
Buttons’ nose wasn’t as fine-tuned as her friend’s, but her hearing was quite-good, thank you very much. They were quite noisy—but what could she do?
“Did you hear sumptin’ Ralph?”
“Yer hearin’ things, Fred. Th’ dogs ain’t gittin’ excited.”
Fred spoke too soon at the dogs began to bark furiously.
Before the men could react they heard a howl from near the lake.
“AR-ROOOOOO!!! AR-ROOOOOOO!!! AR-ROOOOOOO!!!”
What neither non-sentient dogs nor their humans could detect—was what Daisy was saying. Her friends could, “To Buttons!!! To Buttons!!! FLUTTERS—GET HELP!!!”
Pepper joined Daisy in her efforts, “AR-ROOOOOO!!! AR-ROOOOOOO!!! AR-ROOOOOOO!!!”
This temporarily spooked the men and their dogs.
Regaining their senses, they began to head towards the sound.
Buttons detected this and quickly decided to distract the enemy from intercepting her friends, “ARF-ARF-ARF-ARF!!!”
The humans and their dogs broke into a run—towards Buttons!
To be continued…