The Wedding Planners!
Well, THIS was different!
I usually dreaded the arrival of the ScotCorde and the bedlam it
brought along with it. Katie and Riley assured me that I'd LIKE this arrival. I glanced around at
the nervous officials standing around the concourse, poised and tense. I had learned LONG ago to
take their words with a HUGE grain of salt! I felt the same anxiety as the nearby officers.
I watched as my two wee ones walked across to gaze out of the enormous window at the far end of
the waiting area. Their cellphones rang continuously, as the wedding guests checked on the
Scotcorde's arrival times. Every so often, Katie or Riley would allow a devilish snicker to escape
as they conversed excitedly with first one guest, then another. I wondered if I should be worried,
then shook off that familiar feeling of unease.
"It's only a wedding!" I reassured myself, then forced my mind to move on to other things.
Looking back at my two scotties, standing across the waiting room, I noticed how nice they
looked! Katie's new Versace suit fit her perfectly, its sleek lines showing off her square,
boxlike figure to perfection.
Riley was the perfect example of a handsome Scottish gentleman, his finely tailored Bill Blass
sport coat was thrown carelessly over his shoulder, held casually by one paw. His crisp, white
shirt had 3 buttons open at the top, to reveal his black brindle fur.
I smiled proudly. My two scotties were quite the dashing duo.
Then I heard it... the familiar scream of powerful engines drawing closer and closer. Yes, that HAD
to be Captain Scotty. He DID love his arrivals at the airport to be "moments to remember"!!
I joined Katie and Riley at the window in time to see the enormous silver jet streak by
overhead, its engines straining under the intense power. "Sleek One" sped by then, almost as an
afterthought, turned back toward the airport, its swept-back starboard wing pointing directly toward the
I held my breath, wondering if these violent maneuvers would allow the jet to safely
reach the runway. The Scotcorde completed its drastic turn then straightened up and settled
gracefully to the ground and rolled to a stop at the far end of the runway.
Just then, a large, burly man approached Katie and Riley.
"My truck is outside, as you instructed. We're ready whenever YOU are," he said, then turned
and headed through the door toward the tarmac.
"SEE, Mam!! What'd we tell ya... NO scotties bursting off the plane this time. It's as QUIET
as a church! Nothing at ALL to worry about! We're going to be on our BEST behavior!" Katie smiled
But I DID catch the nudge she gave Riley, catching him right in the ribcage. He huffed, then
covered it quickly as he cleared his throat.
"Bye, Mam! Gotta go," Riley said. " We had Captain Scotty come pick US up first. We've got some
decorating to do before the Scotcorde picks up the other guests!"
"Yessum, we'll be good, and we'll call ya when we get there," Katie said. She and Riley each
gave me a quick kiss and headed off to follow the truck driver. Katie waved over her shoulder
just before she disappeared through the doorway. And they were gone.....
I returned to the window, expecting to see the Scotcorde take off into the morning sunshine. I
was rather curious when, instead, I saw a large 18-wheeler pull away from the concourse and head
directly for the huge jet parked at the far end of the runway.
This had Katie and Riley's pawprints all OVER it. It MUST have something to do with their
busy preparations for the wedding. I sat down and propped my feet up. This WOULD be interesting.
The large truck pulled to a stop near the rear of the jet. I could see, even at this distance,
that Captain Scotty had emerged from the cockpit and was waiting at the rear of the plane. Katie
and Riley greeted him excitedly, and then they all moved to the rear of the truck. The truck driver
began off-loading boxes... many, many boxes. Katie began supervising each box as they opened them and
began spreading items out on the concrete.
Stunned, I watched as they began attaching LONG streamers of items behind the great, silver jet.
Then I realized what they were doing, and laughed out LOUD!
"How in the WORLD did they talk Captain Scotty into THIS little scheme?!?!" I wondered. I was now certain that the plane would not be able to get into the air again, not with all that
STUFF trailing off behind it.
The truck finally pulled away. I watched as Katie and Riley, small black blurs from this distance,
walked around the plane, inspecting their handiwork. Captain Scotty must have given his final
approval, as the three figures soon climbed the stairs and entered the jet.
Within minutes, the engines roared to life, as the plane raced skyward, circled the nearby
Scottie Oaks golf course, then disappeared into the distance to begin picking up the wedding guests.
"Katie and Riley were certainly TIGHT-lipped as to their destination! Now WHERE in the world
are they going THIS time?!?!?!
A Quiet, Peaceful Flight!
It didn't take long for the Scotcorde to fill to capacity with laughing, noisy scotties and
their friends. At each stop, the wedding guests boarded to exuberant greetings as they
renewed old friendships and began new ones.
Baxter Arthur Nyberg entered the cabin and waved to his friends. Shouts of greetings and
well-wishes echoed across the cabin as everyone cheered the bridegroom. Immediately his bags were
taken out of his paws, and he was unceremoniously pushed toward the back of the cabin by
Bartholomew van Dulken, Gus Oglesby, Duncan Lyons, Floyd Johnson, Wolfgang Yeager, and Bran Burks.
"Come on Baxter, we've been waiting for you! We've got plans to make!" Bran and Gus wrapped their
paws around Baxter's shoulders and guided him toward the rear of the huge cabin.
The noise level continued to increase at each stop, as more wedding guests boarded the plane.
The scotties' enthusiasm rose noticeably at the next stop, as Gracie Kubicek stepped carefully
onto the legendary ScotCorde. She paused, just inside the doorway, and stared down the length
of the tastefully furnished cabin. Amazement was written on her face as she took in the Tiffany
lamps on the side tables, the Persian rugs on the floor, Waterford crystal bowls on the side
tables, filled with treats and snacks, and the priceless paintings that hung
along the walls.
Katie Wild Child stepped up to Gracie and gently placed a paw around her shoulders.
"Hello, Gracie! We are all so excited to see you here! We've been so eager to meet you and have
you join our BASH adventures. I'm....."
"Oh, you must be Katie! Hello! I'm so happy to be here. Spoiled Stormy left specific
instructions on BASH behavior for a Kubicek scottie. I DO hope I don't let you all down."
Gracie smiled shyly as she glanced around at the friendly faces surrounding her. Agnes Lucille
Donnelly and Molly Wynne took Gracie's paws in theirs and began to lead her to a nearby sofa, where
they could get better acquainted. They hadn't gotten far when Robbie McGillivray hurried up to Gracie.
Stopping in front of the girls to block their progress, he introduced himself to Gracie.
"Hi, Gracie. I'm Robbie, your date for this week-end. I promise you a grand time, a lot of excitement,
and enough adventure to age your Mam.....IF you tell her!" Smiling, he joined Agnes Lucille and Molly as
they escorted Gracie to the sofa. The group was soon busy regaling Gracie with stories of past BASHES.
Laughter floated across the cabin as the group shared first one Spoiled Stormy adventure, then another.
The last stop to pick up wedding guests was the Quarry estate. The Scotcorde settled lightly onto
the private runway, pulling to a stop next to a waiting limousine. Everyone pressed their muzzles to
the windows of the Scotcorde, all wanting a better view. Annie Laurie, Mickie, Sunny Sieber, and Shiloh
Quarry stepped gracefully out of the limousine and walked across the tarmac toward the steps of Sleek One.
Captain Scotty stood at the base of the steps, and held his hand out to Annie Laurie as she reached
"M'lady, your Coach awaits!" Captain Scotty said, bowing low, and presenting a gentle kiss on her
outstretched paw. His sparkling blue eyes twinkled as he saw her blush daintily.
"Why, THANK you, Captain Scotty! We've been SO impatient... shall we go??" Turning to her sisters,
she smiled broadly, then turned toward the plane and laid her paw on Captain Scotty's arm as he
escorted her up the stairs to her friends, and her Baxter Arthur.
A Technology MOMENT !!
One of the scottie wedding guests has contacted home, and reports that a good time is being had by all!
Now, we're SURE that there is nothing to be concerned about, but a text message accompanied the following
phone photo, saying they were "shooting the moon over the moon"! Again, we want to reassure Mams and
Dads. The scotties are behaving themselves admirably.....aren't they??
The Wedding Gifts
Annie Laurie was greeted with wild applause and much ARROOOOO'ing as she boarded Sleek One. She
absolutely beamed as she saw Baxter Arthur approaching her from the rear of the plane. He planted a
gentle kiss on her cheek, then began to lead her to a quiet corner where they could chat in private.
But, THAT was not to be. Baxter's "posse" returned and after much tugging, managed to return him to the
rear of the plane, where they huddled closely together, whispering conspiratorially.
Annie Laurie watched the boys as they walked away. She saw Baxter turn and look longingly at her for
a second, before Bartholomew and Bran jerked his paw to get his attention. Annie Laurie turned toward
Heidi Delli Carpini and Angie Riches and pointed toward the departing scotties.
"What's going on with THEM? What're they talking about back there? Do you TRUST those fellas back
there, whispering and snickering?" Annie Laurie was definitely suspicious.
"I know how we can find OUT," Heidi said, then turned and located her brother. Catching his attention,
she waved him over.
"Billy, we need you to go check on Baxter Arthur back there and make certain that those guys aren't
giving him a hard time! Just make sure that he's okay!" Heidi patted Billy on the arm as he sighed
Grumbling under his breath, he casually wandered toward the rear of the jet, and leaned against the
bulkhead. He listened quietly for a few moments, then turned and headed back toward the front.
He was smiling broadly as he sat down on the arm of Heidi's chair.
Turning to Annie Laurie, he explained,"You are going to have your paws full, m'dear! Those guys back
there have brought BOOKS to help Baxter Arthur deal with married life!!! They're reading excerpts from
some real Hum-dingers back there!!!"
Billy laughed out loud as he began reciting the titles of the books he'd seen on the table in front of
Baxter Arthur.... "The Obedient Woman".... "Understanding Women, Made Easy".... "Master of Your Home".
Heidi, Angie, and Annie Laurie stared open-mouthed at Billy for a second, then collapsed into
uncontrolled giggling at the lessons being taught at the rear of the plane.
"Well, now," Annie Laurie said, a wicked gleam in her eye. "We will just have to see what happens
when he realizes that those books are purely FICTION!!!!"
The girls again were reduced to giggles at Annie Laurie's declaration. Billy shook his head and walked
away, deciding that he'd be better off practicing his guitar. He walked down the aisle, where he found
Stokie Poges Musial, warming up on his bagpipes. They moved to the upper salon, and spent the rest of
the flight practicing their music, to the delight of their large audience.
Jubilee, now a veteran Guardian Brigade member, watched the activity in the cabin. She turned to Haley
Gersch, who was standing near the cockpit.
"Things are about to get interesting!" Jubilee whispered behind her huge Lab paw.
"What makes you say THAT? They're behaving perfectly!" Haley said, as she glanced down the length of
"Hush and LISTEN!" Jubilee warned. "And go find Reggie and Jake! We may need them!"
Haley didn't know why it was so urgent that she bring reinforcements, but she hurried off to locate
the other Guardians.
Jubilee heard it again... the distinct sound of the rear cargo door being opened. She KNEW that the
scotties had brought a frightening number of wedding presents, all wriggling, all smelly, and every one
making angry noises. She KNEW that Captain Scotty had demanded that the "gifts" be placed in the aft
cargo bay for the flight. And she KNEW what the sound was that she'd heard. It was the bolt on the
huge door to the cargo hold being slid back. Someone was heading INTO the cargo hold, and was OBVIOUSLY
up to no good!!!
Concerned now, she turned back in time to see Haley hurrying up the aisle with Reggie, Jake, Sadie,
Callie Howatt, and Rose Oglesby behind her.
"What's up?" Reggie asked. He turned to Sadie and flashed a quick wink in her direction, then focused
his attention on Jubilee.
"Quick, someone's trying to get into the cargo hold. I would say, with the history that these
scotties have had with BASHES, that they're trying to release the 'wedding gifts'!!! Jake, you go guard
the cargo door, and take Callie with you. Don't let those scotties turn this flight into an air-borne zoo!"
The Guardian Brigade leaped into action. But Jake and Callie only made it half-way to the cargo
door when they heard it... the sound of the heavy steel door being thrown back against the bulkhead.
At the same moment, an unearthly blending of screams and howls were heard, all headed UP the aisle toward
the front of the richly appointed cabin.
Callie Howatt saw them first, but was unable to get out of the aisle quick enough and was soon
overrun by feet, paws, and hooves. Jake and Haley were quickly caught up in the rush, lost their
footing, and found themselves beneath the stampede of "gifts"!
Jubilee leaped to the top of a nearby seat, and stared down the aisle in disbelief!!! Up the aisle,
racing toward the front of the plane and trampling everything in their path, were the gifts destined
for the betrothed couple. She quickly glanced at the scotties, and was relieved to see that MOST of them
had managed to scurry to safety, climbing on top of any nearby furniture they could reach.
Jubilee returned her attention to the approaching herd. She hurriedly counted 5 angry angora goats,
6 panicked potbellied pigs, 32 dazed ducks, 15 crazed squirrels, 3 ticked Tasmanian devils, 1 very
hungry 15 foot long alligator, 2 furious bobcats, and 1 enraged elephant.... all headed straight for
the Guardian Brigade!
At the rear of the stampede raced Emmitt Bad Boy, Duffy Tracey, Darby Lawrence, MacTavish Williams,
Sadie Yeager, and Sherman Mathisen, all trying to catch up to the fleeing herd.
Jubilee looked back at the Guardian Brigade, standing in the path of the stampede, their mouths open
in utter shock.
"RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" she screamed.
Everything happened at once!
Haley and Callie tried to halt the stampede, but were overrun as
the herd roughly pushed them aside. Emmitt and his friends were
desperately trying to round up the animals, but only managed to
further anger the elephant, who took it out on Abbie Elliott and Lucy
Smith, who were perched precariously atop a nearby chair.
The enraged elephant lashed out at the nearest object, the snack table, that was laden with chips,
dips, grape punch, cheese spread, and cocktail olives. One swipe of the elephant's trunk sent the treat
table flying, dropping the table load of food onto the shocked and squealing girls!
Darby Lawrence and Sadie Yeager slid into the back of the goats, who leaped forward and slammed into
the cockpit door.
Everyone's attention was suddenly drawn to the front of the plane
as they heard it..... the sound of the cockpit door swinging open, slamming back against the wall.
Captain Scotty took a step into the cabin, then stopped. He turned back toward the cockpit, and with
a quick, "Take over, Riley", he turned back to face the chaos.
He stood tall, his feet braced, his wide stance spanning the aisle as he glared fiercely at the mayhem
taking place in front of him.
The intense gaze of those mesmerizing blue eyes said volumes.
And everyone froze........
His voice was soft, but the scotties knew by the steely tone that their Captain was not happy.
They froze in their tracks.
"And WHAT, may I ask, is going on HERE???"
The herd of wedding gifts could sense the tension in the air, and gathered closely together, to
protect them from this new danger.
Captain Scotty's expression never changed. The LOOK from those blue eyes was intense and unwavering.
Without another word, Emmitt and his pals eased around to the front of the wayward herd and began
urging them quietly back down the aisle to the cargo hold. MacTavish Williams kept glancing back over
his shoulder toward the Captain. Darby refused to turn around, preferring to pretend
the Captain wasn't looking!
Within minutes, the wedding gifts were back in the hold, with the cargo door firmly closed behind
them. Captain Scotty continued to glare, and signaled for the culprits to take their seats, which
happened without any spoken words at all.
Maggie and Katie Mac, Katie Scouten, Gillian Straw, and Aggie Bruce hurried forward to help poor
Lucy Smith and Abbie Elliott, who were covered in guacamole, olives, and cheese whiz.... and mad as
"Just you wait until I get my paws on those rascals!" Lucy threatened, trying to get the cheese out
of her beard. "They'll know they've crossed the line THIS time!"
She looked at Abbie, who was absolutely
covered in grape punch, and began laughing. The other girls, realizing the humor in the situation, began
giggling also. Soon, they had all collapsed into fits of laughter, spreading the mess on each other, then
laughing even harder.
Captain Scotty stood quietly at the front of the cabin, watching everything settle back down. Quietly,
but firmly, he announced, "Get yourselves straightened up, youngsters. We land in 15 minutes. And BEHAVE
After one last glance around the plane, Captain Scotty turned back toward the cockpit, to prepare the huge jet
But the scotties had seen it..... that twinkle in their Captain's
blue eyes. They looked at each other and smiled.... he wasn't mad, not
really. He NEVER really became ANGRY with 'his youngsters'. With a
sigh of relief, the joyous mood returned to the scotties and their
They were ready for this adventure, and began gathering their
things together. They were landing!!!
It was time to put their paws on the ground.... they had THINGS TO
Baxter Arthur and Annie Laurie were the first off the ScotCorde, eager for time to fly by, trying to
speed the clock's slow tic-tock until their paws could be joined in wedlock.
However, the moment they stepped off the Scotcorde, the "Committee" was back on the job. Pagan Marie
and Miss Fiona Baillargeon grabbed Annie Laurie and dragged her toward a waiting limousine, saying they
had some muumuu shopping to do!
The idea of a shopping expedition to the Ala Moana Center immediately drew a crowd. Having heard about
the world's largest outdoor shopping center, Lilly Gilmore, Maggie Nuckles, Zoe Gray, Dottie Smith,
Molly and Maggie Reyner, Annie Musial, Maggie and Abbie Zerkowski all piled into the now-overcrowded limousine. The
prospective shoppers squealed with delight when Gracie Kubicek stepped up to the car and asked if there
was room for one more. A paw reached out through the open limousine door and unceremoniously jerked
Gracie into the bulging car.
"We've gotta go by the INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE!!! I wanna shop under a banyan tree!!!"
"Get MOVING, driver!!"
"Mam didn't give me any MONEY!" complained one sad voice.
"Never fear!" another voice replied. "Stick with ME!!"
"Wheeeeeeeeee!! First jewelry's on ME!!" shouted an anonymous voice from deep inside the
The Guardian Brigade was in a panic as they watched the scotties scattering into a dozen different
Jubilee hurriedly pointed to the limousine that had just roared to life.
"Jake, go with 'em! Don't let them get into any trouble!!"
"ME???? Why ME?? Why can't Sadie or Callie go???" Jake grumbled, frowning fiercely.
"Because Sadie and Callie would fall victim to the shopping bug! And I assume YOU can be impartial and keep
your mind on BUSINESS! Now MOVE!" Jubilee said between clenched teeth.
Jake turned and trotted toward the overloaded limousine, determined NOT to be in the back. He reached
the sleek, black Lincoln just as it began to roll, pulled open the door, and slid into the front seat,
next to the driver.
Jubilee didn't have time to think about the shoppers. She was watching the guys, and they were
definitely up to something.
Rose Oglesby and Haley Gersch hurried over to keep an eye on the noisy crowd of terriers. It was
obvious that a plan was in the works, as their eyes were sparkling with excitement.
The two Guardians listened quietly.
Bert Williamson was giving instructions." You can get the gear at the beach. We won't need to go to
the hotel first. We can get everything we need at the BEACH!"
Riley added, "That way, we won't waste any time by taking the luggage to the hotel. We can get
straight out to the Pipeline!" He gave Webber Riches, standing next to him, a sharp slap on the back.
The two scotties smiled at each other, excited at the thought of the pipeline.
"Great plan, guys!" Mac Tracey replied. "Let's get GOING!" he said, motioning to Baxter Tucker,
Bailey Doud, Baxter Arthur, Bo'sun Howatt, and Alex Mathisen.
"WAIT!! We wanna go, too!!!" shouted a feminine voice.
Riley turned around to see Katie Wild Child, trotting toward the group, her eyes wide with
excitement. He groaned, then a slow smile spread across his face. He knew she would LOVE the adventure
they were about to have. After all, she DID like to live 'on the edge'!
"Come on, then," Bert said. "The more, the merrier!"
Katie turned to the group behind her. "Come on, we're INVITED!"
Margie Mae Velez, Kelley Lyons, Cammeron Meverden(wearing a 'Camm Shaft' t-shirt), Clio van Dulken,
Hoagy Devine, Polly Riches, Dughul Wilson, Reagan Wion, and Miles Davis all raced forward.
The huge group of adventurers piled into the waiting Humvee.
Rose and Haley rounded up the rest of the wedding guests and boarded the BUS, heading to the
Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Their afternoon was to be spent sunning on Waikiki Beach. Rose was determined that there would
be no string bikinis or Speedo's worn, but by the snickers she heard from the back of the bus, she knew
it was going going to be an uphill battle.
Meanwhile, Reggie, Sadie, and Jubilee crowded into the front seat of the Humvee, and after
checking to make certain that all paws were inside the vehicle, they headed out, their destination,
Waimea Bay and the famed Pipeline!
Captain Scotty stood in the open doorway of the Scotcorde and watched the vehicles, loaded with
his youngsters, heading in several different directions. He had seen the Guardians scrambling, trying to cover
all the groups, and smiled. He KNEW the 'youngsters' were going to have a LOT more fun that the
Gathering his own sports bag and tossing it over his shoulder,
Captain Scotty closed up the ScotCorde and walked toward the last
remaining limousine. He had some beach sunning of his own to do!
Ya have your swimsuit on???
Let's SHOOT the CURL!
"Dip your cursor in the WAVE to reach CHAPTER 6!"
The wedding guests had spent the afternoon scattered across Oahu, shopping, sunbathing on the
beach, or surfing. As the afternoon sun began to sink into the sea, the terriers began to congregate
at the hotel. Greetings quickly turned to tales of excitement and adventure from the day's activities.
Annie Laurie proudly displayed 3 truckloads of new clothing for her wedding trousseau, reminding
her envious friends that her Mam was independently wealthy and ALWAYS allowed her to shop to excess.
Not to be outdone, Maggie Nuckles and Annie Musial began opening boxes and distributing them to
all of the girls who had crowded around. Gasps of delight were heard as the girls opened the boxes,
revealing exquisite 8 carat flawless emerald cut diamonds. The rings glittered brilliantly as the
girls, swooning with glee, put the rings on, then began holding their paws at arm's length, admiring
their new jewelry!
The guys glared at the diamonds dripping from every female paw. With paws on hips, one lad
grumbled about the unfairness of a "girl-only" gift! Several other boys agreed, quite vocally.
Maggie and Abbie Zerkowski stepped forward and smiled broadly.
"Never fear, boys..... we've taken care of THAT! We couldn't decide WHAT to get on our shopping
spree, so we finally used Dad's card and we bought the entire International Marketplace! What you
have, gentleman, is 25 acres of shops, tucked under those luscious banyan trees.... ALLLL OURS!!!
After supper, we'll go down there and y'all can select whatEVER you'd like......OUR TREAT!!!"
Cheers erupted in the hotel lobby as the terriers praised the girls for their philanthropic
The conversation then moved on to the surfers, who were more than eager to share the events of
their afternoon. Gasps of shock and awe were heard as they described the sizes of the waves, and
told about their repeated trips out past the breakwater, to repeat the trip, over and over!
Reggie and Jubilee nodded in agreement, when some of the shoppers questioned the surfers' story.
Jubilee leaned against a nearby pillar, totally exhausted.
"Believe them," she said, fatigue apparent in her voice.
Laughter followed Jubilee's statement, as the group shared tales and stories of their day's events.
Conversation among the terriers was electric as they relived the afternoon's events.
Sherman Mathisen was the first to notice the police cars pull up to the hotel entrance. He nudged
Haley Devine, who turned to stare as several patrol cars gathered outside the hotel. The rest of the
scotties, always observant, began staring as a crowd gathered out front.
The BASH guests were shocked to see Ali Riches, Ace Graves, Bravo Belvin and Kelsi Burks,
Ziggy Riches and the Dowager Princess, Mandi Reyner exit the first police car. Mandi bent to
straighten her skirt as she stepped to the curb, then tured and placed her paw gently in Ziggy's
white paw. As Kelsi Burks exited the vehicle, she reached for Bravo's paw, who lifted her gracefully
to the sidewalk.
Behind them, climbing out of the other vehicles, came the last group of BASH adventurers,
those who had spent the day quietly sunning on the beach!!!
The terriers raced forward, everyone talking at once, all eager to find out how this very sedate
group had managed to end up in POLICE CUSTODY!
Ali and Bravo finally held up their paws, calling for silence. Everyone immediately quieted, their
attention focused on the two scotties.
"Well," Bravo Belvin began, "it wasn't actually their fault." He turned toward the quiet group of
terriers standing behind him.
Ali continued. "We all went down to the beach, and DID take in some sun. But, after an hour or so,
Bartholomew, Brewster, Stokie Poges Musial, Karey Lawrence, and Meg Wilson got rather bored. The
suggestion was made to take a tour bus to see some of the sights. We had no problem with that, so we,
the Elders, agreed. We took The Bus over to the Iolani Palace, and were all quite eager to see the
only royal palace on U.S. soil. We bought tickets, and waited quite a while for our tour to begin.
Everyone was very well-behaved during that time. We even managed to keep Brewster and Stokie from
climbing the banyan trees, much to their dismay."
Kelsi Burks placed her paw on Ali's paw and continued the story.
"About 5 minutes before we were to begin our tour of the palace, we were told to meet at the
rear portico. We were surprised when they gave us cloth 'booties' to wear over our paws, to prevent our
paw-nails from scratching the priceless wooden floors inside the palace. Everyone was very well-behaved
as they put the socks over their paws, although SOME of the terriers DID make some rather humorous
comments about Sock-pawed Scotties!" She turned a stern eye toward Stokie, who smiled devilishly.
"I didn't realize how slippery the floor inside the Palace would be, especially with the 'booties'
on," Kelsi said. "I guess I started it all." She mentally relived the events, then giggled.
"We walked into the Iolani Palace, our little 'booties' on our paws. Once inside, we were following
the tourguide, and we were ALL being QUITE well-behaved. Well, we were.... until I stopped, and
BRAVO wasn't watching, and he bumped into me. Now, those little 'booties' are slippery, so I went down,
Kelsi laughed outright at the memory, drawing her eager terrier audience closer, still waiting to
hear how the POLICE would become involved.
"ANYWAY," Bravo continued, "I knocked Kelsi down, and with those
'booties' on her paws, she
couldn't get up! So, I leaned over to help her up. But, with little cloth socks on, I couldn't get any
traction, so my paws flew out from under me. Now, we had TWO scotties sprawled across the
highly-polished floors of the Iolani Palace. WE were just trying to get back onto our paws, that
was all." Then he looked over at Stokie, Karey, and Brewster.
"Some OTHER terriers got the bright idea to have skating races in the front hallway of the PALACE,
for goodness sakes! When they began making wagers on who'd win, then RAN the race, 'booties' and all...
well, the staff there at the Palace frowned on that, and took exception to our behavior,
especially when all of the racers ended up in a huge pile at the
base of their Grand Staircase."
Ali continued, "The constabulary was called, and the entire tour group was taken down to the Police
station, including that nice little old couple from Louisiana!"
Kelsi smiled again, then finished with, "Ali, Ziggy, Ace, and Mandi spent the afternoon doing some
SERIOUS talking to the officers. They finally agreed to drop the charges, since we WERE following the
"Rules of the Socks" and didn't scuff the floors. We also had to promise NOT to return to the Palace,
at least not THIS trip!!"
Ali smiled as he added, "The hardest part was that they wanted to charge us with Mis-Use of a Sock.
Now, tell me......what scottie worth his salt MIS-uses a SOCK!!! Why, that's an OUTRAGE!!!"
The entire group broke into gales of laughter, smiling and slapping Ali on the back, and praising
him for his tact and diplomacy, and his ability to talk the scotties out of ANOTHER jam!!!
Jubilee turned to Rose and Haley, the Guardians assigned to
watch over the sun-bathers for the afternoon, and asked softly. "And where were you
two during all of
Rose turned to Haley and grinned broadly. "We won the Sock RACE!!!"
The Bow-Wow Luau
The BASH guests finally made it to their rooms, to quickly change into appropriate local attire
for their evening meal. They were headed down to Paradise Cove to a luau, planned especially for
the BASH guests and the betrothed couple.
Everyone was excited as they hurried back down to the lobby, determined to be on time to catch
the bus that would take them to the cove.
Sam E Williamson, Angus Wynne, Tosh II, McDuff, Wolfgang Yeager, Robbie McGillivray, Mac Tracey, Reilly Nuckles,
Hampton Elliott, Murray Reyner, Campbell Donnelly, Linus Smith, Riley Rambunctious, Webber Riches,
and Breeze Oglesby drew raves and howls as they boldly swaggered onboard the bus, dressed in
traditional Polynesian loincloths.
Directly behind them came Megan Wynne, Haley Devine, Bonnie Belle Bush, Maggie Johnson, Katie
Wild Child, Miss Sassy Williamson, Agatha Straw, Heather Tracey, Sofy Bradbury, and Pagan Marie.
Hips swished merrily as the lasses boarded the bus in their authentic grass skirts. They waved
happily to their costumed Polynesian warriors across the aisle, as they carefully sat down and
arranged their grass skirts.
The noise level on the bus rose noticeably as the bus pulled out of the parking lot, and continued
to grow until the bus arrived in the parking lot at Paradise Cove.
Baxter Arthur and Annie Laurie were the first to exit the bus as they strolled toward the
area set out for the luau, paw in paw. Their friends poured out of the bus, all headed toward the
gaily decorated beach area.
Shelby Scouten, Robin Baillargeon, Bohdi Tucker, Hamish MacBeth Wilson,
Andy Oglesby, and Sherman Mathisen
headed straight for the huge food-laden table, eager to taste some of the authentic foods.
They were immediately stopped and their paws gently slapped by an elderly Polynesian lady,
who told them that it was not yet time for the meal!
Zack Burks and Maggie Belvin Wallace had moved down toward the beach, where a crowd had gathered to
watch the hukilau, the traditional pulling ashore of the fishnets.
Morag Straw and Monte Reyner had joined in and had their paws wrapped around one end of the enormous
fishing net, and were pulling furiously on the net, growling low in their throats with each tug.
Between tugs, they told Zack and Maggie to grab hold.......and PULL!!!
Zack and Maggie leaped forward and grabbed pawfuls of net, and began to pull with all their might.
Scooter McSnorkles and Alexander Bradbury joined in, soon followed by Hamilton Straw,
Midget Wion, Darby Yeager, and Connor Bruce.
The growling from the scotties lured other eager terriers to the net, and soon the beach was
filled with excited scotties, furiously shaking and tugging on the net. Within minutes, the enormous
net had been pulled ashore and the fish had been gathered for the luau.
Chak de Mitey and Austin Tucker volunteered to help with the Imu ceremony, as they uncovered
the underground pit that had spent the day cooking the roast pig. The smells of the food wafted
across the beach, drawing the scotties and their friends, followed almost immediately by the
blowing of the conch shell to call everyone to the feast.
The BASH guests had never seen as much food in one place. Succulent
roast pork, fish prepared many different ways, and fresh, sweet fruits
covered the table. The poi drew the more adventurous of the terriers,
who were eager to at least taste what the locals described as
delicious, but to the scotties resembled gray paste!
Several muzzles curled up in distaste, as they barely dipped their
paw into the poi, to touch lightly to their tongue, then to hurriedly
look for something more palatable to eat.
The evening was spent eating, visiting, and enjoying the atmosphere of the beach. After the
meal, the locals entertained the scotties and their friends with traditional Hawaiian music and
dance, then invited the BASH guests to join in the Polynesian dancing.
Everyone clapped loudly as their friends joined in, doing a
remarkable job of honoring the Polynesian culture as they swished
their hips with the music.
Baxter Arthur and Annie Laurie had eyes only for each other as Annie Laurie performed an
authentic Hawaiian dance, telling the story of their love with her paws.
Everyone had a grand time, feasting and dancing, listening to the
waves crash ashore, and watching the moon's silvery glow light the
night as it glistened across the water.
The evening was drawing to a close when Emmitt, Mason and Connor Bruce, and Dougan
Gray announced that the guys had an appointment and would have to
"Hate to depart such beautiful company, ladies," Dougan crooned, "but Baxter Arthur has a
Bachelor Party to attend!"
The BASH terriers began breaking up, the guys heading to destination unknown with Reggie and Jake
in tow, to watch over the lads and keep them out of trouble.
"It's a shame the girls won't have as much fun as WE'RE going to have," Miles Davis announced, as
they all squeezed into the limousine that they'd arranged for just this occasion.
The other guys agreed, feeling sorry for the lasses who would spend the rest of their evening
sitting in their rooms, watching television.
As the limousine pulled out of the parking lot, the guys did not notice the smiles on the girls'
faces. They didn't catch that wicked gleam in Katie Wild Child's eyes.
It would be safe to assume that the ladies would NOT be bored this night.....
Swansong of the Single Life
Campbell Donnelly led Baxter Arthur and the terrier lads to the front door of the club.
As they reached the doorman, Miles Davis looked up at the
marquee over the doorway.... and turned back to his friends, a
questioning look on his face.
The pink and gold neon letters blinked
garishly... PUHDULS Por VU!
The terriers wondered, but quick
reassurance from Hamish MacBeth Wilson, Fala Devine, Murphy
Williamson, Dougan Gray, and Brimley convinced the guys that
this WAS the right place.
As they entered, a short, elderly Puhdul
lady met them at the door. Her hair was dyed an interesting
chartreuse color and was piled high atop her head, held in place
with a bright orange bow.
"Hello, gentleman," she said loudly.
"I'm your hostess, Twinkie. We've got your table ready. You DID want
us to give you grief, didn't you?"
By now, Twinkie's voice had
risen almost to a scream. She had a rather confused look on her
face. That same confused expression was on each of the terrier's
faces, as well.
Hamish MacBeth, Emmitt, and Stokie had made the
reservations, but they now looked at each other, totally lost.
Finally Stokie understood. He leaned over, to stare Twinkie in the
"No ma'am," he said, respectfully. "We didn't want grief, we
asked for roast beef."
The other terriers nodded, quite relieved that they would not be
receiving any GRIEF for being here.
Twinkie's eyes nodded in
understanding, then she replied, saying, "But we don't HAVE any gold leaf!"
Emmitt sighed heavily, but
maintained his composure as he tried to explain their wishes.
Much louder now, he answered,"NO, we WANT BEEF!!"
Emmitt was shouting now.
The other terriers were hard-pressed to keep a straight face.
They stared at their paws, or tried to brush imaginary lint off their
sleeves. They almost lost it completely, as the short, elderly
Twinkie came back with, "Well, SURE, I'll call you CHIEF. Whatever you
want! Now, follow me please."
Without another word, she turned
and headed into the darkened room. The terriers knew this was
to be a bachelor party, and as such, had certain expectations.
What met their gaze was something else, entirely. There were
dancers on the stage, as they expected. However, every one of the
dancers seemed to be ancient. Two of the 'dancers' wore thick
glasses, one had a hearing aid tucked into her ear, and another used a
cane to balance herself against the pole.
Baxter Arthur and Bailey
broke into gales of laughter, great guffaws of laughter. Several of the scotties turned
to glare at Stokie, Hamish MacBeth, and Emmitt.
The three organizers shrugged their shoulders and
explained, "Well, what do you expect with the $4.75 we had to spend?
Guess ya get what ya pay for!"
Still trying to get his laughter
under control, Baxter Arthur told his pals, "Ohhh, it's fine.
Let's go enjoy our Grief and Gold Leaf!"
Emmitt groaned, then the
humor of the situation overcame his discomfort. The terriers,
although still teasing the threesome, were having a grand time. In
spite of the situation, the terrier lads spent the remainder of the
evening talking and sharing tales of past adventures.......and
trying to get Twinkie to understand that they simply wanted some
MEANWHILE......... across town, the girls were
having a MUCH different evening! Annie Laurie had been shocked and
rather embarrassed to see that their destination was Pupendale's!!
What was even MORE unsettling was the fact that tonight, ONLY, the
headliners were "Hunk Studley and the Rottie Rockers"!
lasses were given seats right next to the stage, and poor Annie
Laurie was given the seat of honor, front and center, to better see
With dollar bills grasped into clenched paws and
wide smiles spread across pretty terrier muzzles, they settled
themselves into the plush, velvety chairs, ready for an evening of
They cheered for Mountain Man, they swooned for
Zorro, they blushed daintily at Don Juan's advances, and laughed
gaily as each terrier flirted with the sleek, strong Rotties on
Their evening, so different from the terrier lads across
town, was much too short. The terrier lasses cast lingering
glances back toward the stage as they left the club, with a few bold
scotties throwing daring kisses to the strong, bold Rotties.
Laurie and her friends laughed and chatted happily all the way home. As their limousine
pulled to a stop in front of the hotel, they saw
the bus carrying the guys arrive. Everyone piled out, eager to
compare stories and adventures.
The lads were quizzed fiercely
about their evening's entertainment.
"Super!" replied Emmitt.
"Dynamite!!" Stokie said, waggling his eyebrows suggestively.
"VA-VA-VA-VOOM!" Bartholomew offered.
ARROOOOOO!" replied several scottie lads, trying to
keep a straight face.
"And how was YOUR evening??" Hamish MacBeth
asked, between clenched teeth.
The girls looked toward Katie Wild
Child. She tilted her head coquettishly, thought for a second,
then with a shrug, replied,"Well, I guess it was all right. Nothing
big, just an ordinary, so-so evening."
The BASH terriers, exhausted from their busy day, headed into the
hotel. As they headed toward the elevators, glances were
exchanged, and unspoken vows were made. They were bound by the
code.... they would never reveal the events of this night.
Some things were better left unsaid.
Two Hearts Entwined
CLICK on pic to read Ch. 10
An Out-of-this-World Reception
CLICK on pic to read Ch. 11
This ORIGINAL story has been created and written by Carol Johnson .
Original artwork is the exclusive property of artist, Karen Donnelly.
This is NOT to be reproduced in ANY way
without the EXPRESS written consent of the author !!!
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