OMAR BLUE AND A DOG CALLED HORSE

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I was busy doing as little house cleaning as I could get away with, wanting to get out in the fresh air.

Omar was complaining because I wouldn’t let him out until he put his bones away. I caught him trying to sneak out the back door. I could tell by the way he was dressed in his cap and bling, he was on his way to the hood to see some of his buddies.

“Oh no you don’t!” I told him. Bones away first.”

Off he went into his room to hide more bones. He thinks I’m as fond of bones as he is but at least that gets them out of the middle of the floor.

I was silently laughing as he walked away. Then it came! One of those sounds that always sends mixed feelings through me. A low bark.

Omar had dashed from his room before I even heard it. “Ma, I’ll be right back,” he said as he ran by me.

Of course, I ran straight for the window.

Oh no! It was Freedom Dog and he was pacing.

I just love Freedom but he hardly ever comes unless there is a big problem. I could tell this was the case from their body language.

When Omar came back in he was moving fast. He was no longer my baby boy, he was Omar Blue, pack leader.

“I gotta go, Ma,” he said. “They got A Dog Called Horse.”

“Oh no!” was all I could get out.

A Dog Called Horse was the nicest super large dog you’d ever want to meet. We call him Horse for short.

Omar said, “He found a place where puppies were being abused; instead of waiting for Freedom as they had planned, he went by himself. He got caught and they took the puppies back too.

I told Freedom to take some of the K-9 Town pack with him. They’ll get the puppies.

I’m taking some of the others. We’re going after Horse. Don’t worry Ma, I’ll be back as soon as we get him.”

Oh my gosh! I had to go too. Maybe I could help. I grabbed my camera (habit) as I called upon my Mojo to work. Thank goodness it did.

When I came out of my Mojo trance, I was in an unfamiliar place, on a street I’d never seen before. I don’t know how much time had passed and I have to admit I was a little afraid that getting home wouldn’t be as easy.

There were other people on the street, all looking in one direction.

It didn’t take long to see why!

I started hearing dog noises and from around the corner they came. I recognized my K-9 Town pooches instantly, running fast, with A Dog Called Horse in the lead. They had got him, just like Omar said they would. But now they were being chased.

I didn’t like the fact that Omar was in the very back, knowing what a fast runner he is. He had told me once before, that’s how he made sure none of his pack were left behind. He’s such a good leader.

Though the rider after them was fast, somehow Omar and his pack out-distanced him. I’d never seen anything like it. Their feet were barely touching the ground as they ran by.

I’m still wondering where this place was. It looked and felt so strange.

After Omar Blue and his pack had passed, I waited until I saw their chaser return without them to call on my Mojo to get me back home. I was trying to be cool but was very relieved when I got back.

It was then that I could look back on what had happened. Wow! What an adventure.

Omar came home a little later. His friends dropped him off with his assurance that he would be following shortly.

When he came in, I asked about A Dog Called Horse and the puppies. He said Horse was fine and he had promised he would never do anything like that again. “His heart is always in the right place, Ma, but he’s a little hard-headed sometimes.”

At that, I said to myself, “Look who is talking.”

He said the puppies were safe and already enjoying the loving care of the K-9 Town females. We both knew, Freedom and the others would leave no stone unturned until they found the puppies and got them to K-9 Town.

As Omar started to leave to catch up with his pack, I asked, “Weren’t you supposed to be putting your bones away?”

We both laughed out loud, as he broke into a run.

I watched, as I always do, as he caught up with the others, on that path behind my house that somehow leads to K-9 Town. They were whooping it up, talking about what they had just done, then they were gone.

Omar Blue And The Partners For Life

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Omar and I were out walking. It was a beautiful Saturday morning. As you can see, he was preoccupied.  Walk a minute, stop and look back for a minute, and so on. I know my Omar Blue and I could tell something was up.

 

 

 

 

It didn’t take me long to find out what it was. As we walked around the back to enter the house, there he was.  The beautiful wolf Bennie Ba was waiting for us. So cautious, he would never come close. He would wait for Omar to call him in.

 

 

It was obvious by the look on his face that he needed something. What could it be? I told Omar to call his buddy in. I’ve always had a soft spot for Bennie. He’s come a long way from his wild wandering days as The Ghost. You can see how he got his name.

 

Bennie was ready to ask Wolfhound Winnie to be his Life Partner. But, he had lost his nerve and the opportunity had passed. Or so he thought. Even I knew that Wolfhound Winnie was just waiting for him to ask. She had been waiting since the first day she saw him, sick and wounded after a savage fight with some timber wolves. She had taken the lead as the females nursed him back to good health.

 

All of the above would have been easy to remedy but the pack had already started inviting friends to Bennie Ba and Winnie’s announcement party at K-9 Town. You know how they love a party. Bennie Ba had to move fast. He needed my help.

 

I had some roses in a vase. I gave them to him and told him exactly what he had to do. He was nervous but excited and happier than I’d ever seen him, when he ran down that road they always take to go back home.

 

I noticed Omar didn’t go with him. Usually he would have. Then it hit me.

 

Party! “Omarrrrrr.” 

 

“I was getting ready to ask you, Ma. Can some of my friends meet here so we can leave for K-9 Town together like we always do?”

 

Before I had a chance to answer, there was a noise at the back door.

 

 

It was the Berry pooches. Aren’t they something. Obviously, Omar had invited them. “Come on in,” I said and they obeyed. I’d knock on Augustus Berry’s door before he came looking, to make excuses for them. I have to admit, I was starting to get in the spirit of things. This was already getting exciting.

 

Not a minute had gone by, when we heard barking outside. Omar and I went out together.

 

It was those playful boxers Buster and Bella. Omar said they wanted to tryout for his ball team before coming in. He liked their moves. They were in.

 

Then came that handsome Crixus. He had slipped away with his new harness on. I have to remember to ask his Ma, Mary Davis where she got it.

 

I asked Omar if the show dogs were coming. He said they wouldn’t miss this for the world but they were waiting for Britches. She should be finished soon. She just won another ribbon. Her cousin Rottweiler Brady is waiting for her at K-9 Town.

 

 

This time the doorbell rang. I knew who that was, without a doubt. It had to be that handsome fawn dobe Spartacus and his cute little sister Athena Puddy. They are used to waiting here for the others so they came right in and took a seat after sincere hellos and face licks.

 

 

I asked Omar if there were any more coming. Surely there couldn’t be, but then I heard her. It was Lilly, aka Batdog. You may recall not so long ago, Omar went to New York to help her bring back some stray dogs. They are now living at K-9 Town getting ready for the celebration (if Bennie Ba did what I told him to.)I don’t know how she got here but wherever she goes there is a rainbow near by. I think it’s a portal. I heard her tell some of the others that she could drop them off after the party.

 

 

Omar’s friend Sebastian Cabot and his little brother Elliotness were the last to arrive. They were excited about their first trip to K-9 Town after listening to the others tell how much fun they were going to have and what a wonderful place it was.

 

I was having a good time with them all, when Omar came over to me. He asked if I’d mind him leaving for a few minutes. He was very serious so I said, “Of course not, Omar,” wondering what he was up to.

 

He wasn’t gone long and when he came in he had me look out the window.

 

It was Tyson the Coonhound! His Mom is a deployed soldier and he’s staying with that wonderful doggie caregiver Wendy Campbell. Not that he isn’t well taken care of, as you can see he’s beautiful, but he certainly deserves a trip to K-9 Town with the others for some real doggie fun.

 

I was so proud of Omar for thinking of him at a time like this.

 

It was time for them to go. Word had come that they should hurry. Wolf Bennie Ba had done it and even the show dogs had arrived.

 

So off they went. Down that road behind my land, that takes them where all is well.

 

It must have been some party. I didn’t try to use my Mojo to go see. I waited it out this time.

 

I was at the window washing dishes when Omar Blue returned home the next morning after making sure all the guests got home safely. He was wearing a fancy shawl he said the show dogs had brought him and still dancing and howling the tunes of Lufa the Bloodhound.

 

 

He brought me a message from Bennie Ba saying he had done exactly as I told him to. Look at him. No way Wolfhound Winnie could say anything but yes.

 

 

That must have been some celebration.

 

Omar Blue And The Partners For Life

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Omar and I were out walking. It was a beautiful Saturday morning. As you can see, he was preoccupied.  Walk a minute, stop and look back for a minute, and so on. I know my Omar Blue and I could tell something was up.

 

 

 

 

It didn’t take me long to find out what it was. As we walked around the back to enter the house, there he was.  The beautiful wolf Bennie Ba was waiting for us. So cautious, he would never come close. He would wait for Omar to call him in.

 

 

It was obvious by the look on his face that he needed something. What could it be? I told Omar to call his buddy in. I’ve always had a soft spot for Bennie. He’s come a long way from his wild wandering days as The Ghost. You can see how he got his name.

 

Bennie was ready to ask Wolfhound Winnie to be his Life Partner. But, he had lost his nerve and the opportunity had passed. Or so he thought. Even I knew that Wolfhound Winnie was just waiting for him to ask. She had been waiting since the first day she saw him, sick and wounded after a savage fight with some timber wolves. She had taken the lead as the females nursed him back to good health.

 

All of the above would have been easy to remedy but the pack had already started inviting friends to Bennie Ba and Winnie’s announcement party at K-9 Town. You know how they love a party. Bennie Ba had to move fast. He needed my help.

 

I had some roses in a vase. I gave them to him and told him exactly what he had to do. He was nervous but excited and happier than I’d ever seen him, when he ran down that road they always take to go back home.

 

I noticed Omar didn’t go with him. Usually he would have. Then it hit me.

 

Party! “Omarrrrrr.” 

 

“I was getting ready to ask you, Ma. Can some of my friends meet here so we can leave for K-9 Town together like we always do?”

 

Before I had a chance to answer, there was a noise at the back door.

 

 

It was the Berry pooches. Aren’t they something. Obviously, Omar had invited them. “Come on in,” I said and they obeyed. I’d knock on Augustus Berry’s door before he came looking, to make excuses for them. I have to admit, I was starting to get in the spirit of things. This was already getting exciting.

 

Not a minute had gone by, when we heard barking outside. Omar and I went out together.

 

It was those playful boxers Buster and Bella. Omar said they wanted to tryout for his ball team before coming in. He liked their moves. They were in.

 

Then came that handsome Crixus. He had slipped away with his new harness on. I have to remember to ask his Ma, Mary Davis where she got it.

 

I asked Omar if the show dogs were coming. He said they wouldn’t miss this for the world but they were waiting for Britches. She should be finished soon. She just won another ribbon. Her cousin Rottweiler Brady is waiting for her at K-9 Town.

 

 

This time the doorbell rang. I knew who that was, without a doubt. It had to be that handsome fawn dobe Spartacus and his cute little sister Athena Puddy. They are used to waiting here for the others so they came right in and took a seat after sincere hellos and face licks.

 

 

I asked Omar if there were any more coming. Surely there couldn’t be, but then I heard her. It was Lilly, aka Batdog. You may recall not so long ago, Omar went to New York to help her bring back some stray dogs. They are now living at K-9 Town getting ready for the celebration (if Bennie Ba did what I told him to.)I don’t know how she got here but wherever she goes there is a rainbow near by. I think it’s a portal. I heard her tell some of the others that she could drop them off after the party.

 

 

Omar’s friend Sebastian Cabot and his little brother Elliotness were the last to arrive. They were excited about their first trip to K-9 Town after listening to the others tell how much fun they were going to have and what a wonderful place it was.

 

I was having a good time with them all, when Omar came over to me. He asked if I’d mind him leaving for a few minutes. He was very serious so I said, “Of course not, Omar,” wondering what he was up to.

 

He wasn’t gone long and when he came in he had me look out the window.

 

It was Tyson the Coonhound! His Mom is a deployed soldier and he’s staying with that wonderful doggie caregiver Wendy Campbell. Not that he isn’t well taken care of, as you can see he’s beautiful, but he certainly deserves a trip to K-9 Town with the others for some real doggie fun.

 

I was so proud of Omar for thinking of him at a time like this.

 

It was time for them to go. Word had come that they should hurry. Wolf Bennie Ba had done it and even the show dogs had arrived.

 

So off they went. Down that road behind my land, that takes them where all is well.

 

It must have been some party. I didn’t try to use my Mojo to go see. I waited it out this time.

 

I was at the window washing dishes when Omar Blue returned home the next morning after making sure all the guests got home safely. He was wearing a fancy shawl he said the show dogs had brought him and still dancing and howling the tunes of Lufa the Bloodhound.

 

 

He brought me a message from Bennie Ba saying he had done exactly as I told him to. Look at him. No way Wolfhound Winnie could say anything but yes.

 

 

That must have been some celebration.

 

Omar Blue And The Partners For Life

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Omar and I were out walking. It was a beautiful Saturday morning. As you can see, he was preoccupied.  Walk a minute, stop and look back for a minute, and so on. I know my Omar Blue and I could tell something was up.

It didn’t take me long to find out what it was. As we walked around the back to enter the house, there he was.  The beautiful wolf Bennie Ba was waiting for us. So cautious, he would never come close. He would wait for Omar to call him in.

It was obvious by the look on his face that he needed something. What could it be? I told
Omar to call his buddy in. I’ve always had a soft spot for Bennie. He’s come a long way from
his wild wandering days as The Ghost. You can see how he got his name.
Bennie was ready to ask Wolfhound Winnie to be his Life Partner. But, he had lost his nerve
and the opportunity had passed. Or so he thought. Even I knew that Wolfhound Winnie was
just waiting for him to ask. She had been waiting since the first day she saw him, sick and
wounded after a savage fight with some timber wolves. She had taken the lead as the
females nursed him back to good health.
All of the above would have been easy to remedy but the pack had already started inviting
friends to Bennie Ba and Winnie’s announcement party at K-9 Town. You know how they love a
party. Bennie Ba had to move fast. He needed my help.

I had some roses in a vase. I gave them to him and told him exactly what he had to do. He

was nervous but excited and happier than I’d ever seen him, when he ran down that road they

always take to go back home.

I noticed Omar didn’t go with him. Usually he would have. Then it hit me.

Party! “Omarrrrrr.”

“I was getting ready to ask you, Ma. Can some of my friends meet here so we can leave for K-9 Town together like we always do?”

Before I had a chance to answer, there was a noise at the back door.

It was the Berry pooches. Aren’t they something. Obviously, Omar had invited them. “Come on in,” I said and they obeyed. I’d knock on Augustus Berry’s door before he came looking, to make excuses for them. I have to admit, I was starting to get in the spirit of things. This was already getting exciting.

Not a minute had gone by, when we heard barking outside. Omar and I went out together.

It was those playful boxers Buster and Bella. Omar said they wanted to tryout for his ball team before coming in. He liked their moves. They were in.

Then came that handsome Crixus. He had slipped away with his new harness on. I have to remember to ask his Ma, Mary Davis where she got it.

I asked Omar if the show dogs were coming. He said they wouldn’t miss this for the world but they were waiting for Britches. She should be finished soon. She just won another ribbon. Her cousin Rottweiler Brady is waiting for her at K-9 Town.

This time the doorbell rang. I knew who that was, without a doubt. It had to be that handsome fawn dobe Spartacus and his cute little sister Athena Puddy. They are used to waiting here for the others so they came right in and took a seat after sincere hellos and face licks.

I asked Omar if there were any more coming. Surely there couldn’t be, but then I heard her. It was Lilly, aka Batdog. You may recall not so long ago, Omar went to New York to help her bring back some stray dogs. They are now living at K-9 Town getting ready for the celebration (if Bennie Ba did what I told him to.)I don’t know how she got here but wherever she goes there is a rainbow near by. I think it’s a portal. I heard her tell some of the others that she could drop them off after the party.

Omar’s friend Sebastian Cabot and his little brother Elliotness were the last to arrive. They were excited about their first trip to K-9 Town after listening to the others tell how much fun they were going to have and what a wonderful place it was.

I was having a good time with them all, when Omar came over to me. He asked if I’d mind him leaving for a few minutes. He was very serious so I said, “Of course not, Omar,” wondering what he was up to.

He wasn’t gone long and when he came in he had me look out the window.

It was Tyson the Coonhound! His Mom is a deployed soldier and he’s staying with that wonderful doggie caregiver Wendy Campbell. Not that he isn’t well taken care of, as you can see he’s beautiful, but he certainly deserves a trip to K-9 Town with the others for some real doggie fun.

I was so proud of Omar for thinking of him at a time like this.

It was time for them to go. Word had come that they should hurry. Wolf Bennie Ba had done it and even the show dogs had arrived.

So off they went. Down that road behind my land, that takes them where all is well.

It must have been some party. I didn’t try to use my Mojo to go see. I waited it out this time.

I was at the window washing dishes when Omar Blue returned home the next morning after making sure all the guests got home safely. He was wearing a fancy shawl he said the show dogs had brought him and still dancing and howling the tunes of Lufa the Bloodhound.

He brought me a message from Bennie Ba saying he had done exactly as I told him to. Look at him. No way Wolfhound Winnie could say anything but yes.

That must have been some celebration.

Omar Blue, Batdog and the New York Experience

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ImageI was sitting thinking about the next chapter of the new book I’m working on when I happened to catch Omar Blue’s eyes.

 

He had been staring at me and that’s never a good sign. I looked away quickly, but not quick enough. Caught!

 

“Ma,” he asked. “Would it be okay if I have a little company. We need to talk to you.”

 

 

 

 To late. No way to get away. I was hooked, as usual. Too curious to say anything but, “Sure Omar, what’s this about.”

 

“I want you to meet my friend Lily. She’s outside waiting.”

 

I went over to the window and sure enough, there was a beautiful little Doberman standing on the outskirts of our yard, with the cutest ears, standing straight up in the air. Omar later told me that they call her Batdog because of the way her ears stand straight up.  “They’re natural. Her people parents didn’t have anything done to them.  Isn’t she something. I’m taking her to K9 Town too. The females will love her.”

 

I wanted her to come in. “Omar, go get her before she runs away.” Little did I know, there was no chance of that.

 

 

Omar went out and without hesitation Lily followed him back inside. As the two settled down I went for the snacks.

 

When I returned Omar began to tell me how Batdog needed our help. She lives in New York City, he began. She heard about me and my pack from our friends, the show dogs.

 

Batdog took over then. She said she needed Omar Blue and his pack to help her find a place for a pack of dogs that are roaming the streets of New York, before they are captured and hurt. They’re not really bad, they just don’t have anyplace to go or enough food to eat.

 

 

My people sister Tatienne, and I, used to go to the park and sit together for long times but now she’s afraid the dogs will come, even though she knows I’ll protect her.

 

I was out looking for the dogs. I was going to talk some sense into them, when I heard those guys in the funny clothes talking about catching them and what they were going to do to them. That’s when I decided to come to you for help, Omar Blue.

 

“How did you get here?” I asked, though I didn’t really want the answer. No answer was forthcoming.

 

“Ma, we have to go to New York,” said Omar. “What we, Omar, and how do you plan to get there?” Again, I really didn’t want the answer. No answer was forthcoming.

 

Just then there was a soft bark outside. I glanced over and could tell Omar was expecting it.

 

When I went to the window, I saw that handsome German Shepherd, Freedom Dog. “Oh Boy,” I said to myself. This is definitely serious. What were they planning to do? Omar went out to talk to him; he came back in, took Batdog out and away with them.

 

 

As they were leaving, he told me not to worry and he’d tell me all about the trip to New York when he got back.

 

Back from New York, Omarrrr!

 

I knew I couldn’t stop them. I have to admit, if he were going anyplace without his entire pack, I was glad Freedom would be there with him. Remember when they were looking for the puppynappers and I made the mistake of following them. I’ll never forget that night. I ran home before the action started. The tree monsters helped them find the puppies. I never asked what happened to the abusers. 

 

 

I waited for the three of them to return.  I was beginning to worry, when I heard barking coming from the back yard. It sounded like an army of canines. I looked out and couldn’t believe my eyes. There were dogs everywhere.

 

 

 

Omar, Batdog and Freedom came in. They were as happy as could be. Omar and Freedom were telling me that Batdog didn’t really need them. She was one tough little cookie. She needed rest now. The K9 Town females were waiting to take care of her.

 

They were taking all the dogs to K9 Town, USA. There they would learn the ways of Omar’s pack and become a part of the K9 Town family. Those dogs were in for a real treat. They would never be without a home or love again.

 

I found out today that Lily and her sister Tatienne, are back to their old ways; sitting in the calmness of beautiful Central Park for long periods, enjoying each other’s company, no longer worried about the furry intruders.

 

Too cute!

 

 

 

 

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A very special thanks to Batdog’s family, Michelle and Tatienne for letting Batdog be a part of Omar Blue’s “true tales.”

 

To find out more about this celebrity canine, Batdog Desmangles Derenoncourt, visit her at  www.facebook.com/BatdogNYC  and twitter/pinterest: BatdogNYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonial – Senator Yvonne Miller

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 Black History Month is coming to a close. Some people may not think about her again until next year as her historic achievements will surely lead them to do. Not me. I’ve decided Senator Yvonne Miller is going to stay right here with us. Not in person of course, but in spirit.  You see, Senator Miller passed away last July 3, 2012, a day before her 78th birthday.

 I was going to write about this history-maker being the first African American woman to serve in both House of Delegates and State Senate; how in following her deeds I found that she truly cared about people, and how devoted and passionate she was about her service to the people.

I’m not going to talk about those things but I will say that in the political arena she held her own with the best of them.

I had followed Senator Miller’s activities for years when I had the opportunity to be in the audience during a Black History celebration, when she agreed to be our speaker.  It’s not hard to imagine what this trailblazer went through to gain the respect and admiration of her peers. As she spoke, her audience, blacks and whites, were mesmerized. I remember that day like it was yesterday. She became my secret mentor. I can’t count the times I started to walk away from my dream of becoming a writer, only to think of her encouraging words and what she would do.

I had heard from office executives who were personal friends of hers that she was ill. Not knowing the seriousness of her illness, I decided she needed something to sidetrack her, if only for a little while. To my way of thinking, what better than a copy of my first book, Omar Blue and K-9 Town, USA. I was hoping she wouldn’t think it childish because I had received comments from others older than her, who had enjoyed it immensely.

 I sent it to her office, actually thinking she would never get it and, if she did, she’d never have time to read it. I would have been satisfied knowing it was in her library. But shortly thereafter, and by then I knew how sick she was, I received a handwritten note from her, on her Senatorial letterhead which is now framed in my library, saying how much she enjoyed reading my book. There is no way I can express what this meant to me.

She thanked me, told me how much she enjoyed my book and said she was going to pass it  along to a close relative. That’s the kind of person she was.  This is why her spirit stays with me. I’m going to keep this writing. I’m going to republish it every year. Because she’ll always be with me. Gently pushing me on.

 I’ve invited some friends to share my testimonial. I know Senator Miller wouldn’t mind. I hope she’d be proud of us.

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Olyn Warfield