Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Different Kind of Fireworks

Last Saturday afternoon, Mom was reading and we were peacefully waiting by the door for our Dogdad to come home from the grocery store. All of a sudden we heard a commotion outside and sniffed something unpleasant. Our immediate response was to do what we do best: bark loudly and long. Mom finally looked up from her book and discovered that a car was on fire just outside our driveway.

She joined a bunch of neighbors outside and learned the car belonged to our next-door neighbor's nephew. He thought he could make it home -- but sadly not.

Neighbors started spraying water on the car, but the flames kept shooting into the sky. First a policeman appeared. Next the fire department came and thoroughly drenched the car, finally putting out the fire. And then a tow truck came and took the car away.

Just like that, these unexpected "fireworks" were over. (There were a few "booms" when each of the four tires exploded, but all in all it was much less damaging to our senses than what will happen this weekend.)

Were Dogdad home, he would have been the first one out there with a hose. Mom kept him apprised of what was going on by cell phone -- but he missed all the excitement and, indeed, couldn't have gotten back into our driveway anyway until all the other vehicles were gone.

If we hadn't barked, Mom might never have known what was going on, that's how engrossed she was in her book -- which, by the way, she recommends to everyone: Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse by Suraya Sadeed. (FYI: When she starts reading a book she likes, we could starve to death...)

Jake and Just Harry


Dexter said...

Same thing happens here. When momma gets her hands on a good book she spends so much time reading that I suspect she gets sores on her bottom.

Glad you sounded the alarm. Car fire. Bad.


Bouncing Bertie said...

Hi Jake and Just Harry
Sometime I feel that our capacity to raise the alarm is underappreciated...
Toodle pip!
PS from Gail - thanks for the book recommendation.

Two French Bulldogs said...

That is nutty, glad no buddy was hurt. Sounds like a purrty good book too
Benny & Lily

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Wow, some pretty exciting stuff happening there. Hope it doesn't take another car fire for Mom to pull away from her good reading to feed you - BOL. Have a great holiday weekend.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kari in Alaska said...

Oh wow! Thats a little scary!


Lorenza said...

Those were "interesting" fireworks!
Glad the owner of the car is ok!
You did a pawesome barking job!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Molly the Airedale said...

How scary! We're sure glad nobody was hurt! We'll have to let mom know about this book!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch


You live in an exciting neighborhood. Dog Dad and I like our quiet little street.