WooFPAK Heroes Episode 66 – On The Right Path

September 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

“Alright, boy.” There’s something pinched in the look on WoofDriver’s face when he kneels down in front of Chase. Around them, the world is a crashing, dark sheet of rain. It floods the earth around them in great pools, leaving

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 65 – Lightning Strikes

September 11, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The storm doesn’t miss them. It rolls in sudden and fast, a swarm of black clouds that blot out the rest of the sky. Chase whines and presses close to Legacy, who stares up at the sky with a haunted

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 64 – Another Dream And A Legacy

August 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Legacy is happy. It’s obvious in the way that he’s curled up around Jim’s feet, fast asleep beside the fire. Just looking at the stray dog makes something go warm and happy in Chase’s chest. When he talks, he makes

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 63 – Getting A Name

August 15, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Chase hears the rest of the pit crew long before they actually come into view. The pit crew is lounging around the cars, back hatches dropped and bags of chips popped open. There’s jerky, too. Chase can smell it. The

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 62 – The Stray Dog

July 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

WooFDriver is, if nothing else, utterly infatuated with animals of all sorts. But dogs? Oh, dogs are his favorites. It’s something that can be figured out in a matter of minutes. People can tell, sure, but dogs can tell that

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 61 – Helping The Stray Dog

July 16, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The fear stink that comes off of the dog is enough to make Chase want to choke. He’s never met another canine that smelled like this before. It’s like he’s never known kindness before, like he’s never known what it’s

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 60 – Finding The Spook

June 19, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The Youghiogheny River Lake Forest is a vast thing, and one that Chase hopes he never has to venture into again. He runs beside his pack, because that is what he’s meant to do, and because, no matter how afraid

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 59 – Youghiogheny River Lake Forest Spook

June 4, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The forest shouldn’t be anything special, shouldn’t be anything different. But it is. It is, and Chase hates it. Even with Princess trying to make things more light-hearted, there’s something about the air that makes him want to quail away.

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 58 – Youghiogheny River Lake Overflow Recreation Area

June 1, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

For the first time in Chase’s life, he isn’t excited about going on a run. In fact, the closer it gets to their time of departure, the more nervous he becomes. The poor dog can’t understand why his companions don’t

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 57 – About To Be Spooked

May 4, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

At night, Chase dreams of the Youghiogheny River Lake. He is standing in the middle of a town. There are people around him, happy but unaware. A massive wave has risen up behind them, topped with white foam, waters faceted

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 56 – Getting Spooky

April 6, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The Youghiogheny River Lake is beautiful. Even Chase is able to admit that much. The water smells fresh and clean, in a way that the lake they were just recently at didn’t. He goes to the very end of his

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 55 – Back On Track At The Dam

March 16, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

After hot dogs from Charlotte and pets from Johnny, the group head back towards the trail. Chase gripes about not having been able to bring his stick with him after all, but over all the mood has been considerably lifted

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 54 – Saving Johnny

February 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The lake is large and vast, sunlight shining down onto the smooth waters. It’s a pretty day. By all intents and purposes, it should be an easy day, something that has absolutely no problems, something that can’t really be separated

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 53 – At The Lake

February 1, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The branch scrapes its way along the entire path. At points, the entire team has to go slower because of it. WooFDriver and the other members of the pit crew find it funny – they make jokes about the branch,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 52 – Chase Finds His Branch And They Go To The Lake

January 2, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Jag leads the way when they go off the trail. He usually does. It’s one of his unspoken responsibilities – something that he does without thinking, that the others allow without question. There are parts where the cliffs are sheer

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 51 – WooFPAK Finds Turners Gap

December 18, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Turner’s Gap is a wind gap in the South Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is located between two counties in Maryland. It’s traversed by U.S. Route 40 Alternate, also known as the old National Pike. And, through

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 50 – Saying Goodbyes and Heading For The Next Leg Of Their Adventure

November 21, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Come dawn, the members of the WooFPAK are ready to leave. They load up what belongings had been unpacked, mostly just a few pieces of clothing, a bag with their own food and snacks for the animals. WooFDriver shakes Donna’s

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 49 – WooFPAK Almost Done At The Cabin

October 13, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

It works. For Bluebell, this is no surprise. The little rabbit knows full-well that her human is good at this sort of job. But the men, the dogs, they’ve never been around someone that does this. Donna steps close to

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 48 – Finding The Coon

September 20, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Bluebelll keeps to the brush. The rabbit is fast, easily able to keep up with the pack of husky dogs. Her nose twitches, whiskers wiggling every time she sniffs. Even though there seems to be no reason for her to

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 47 – Tracking The Coon

August 28, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

To an animal, no matter whether they are born in the wild or in the comfort of a human home, there is nothing more terrifying then the sound of a gun. Even now, within the safety of the Jumbo Jet,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 46 – The Hoomans Help A Coon

August 10, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

When they pull up in front of a house, the road breaks from dirt to gravel. There’s something distinctly modern about it; the building might be made from logs and hard, dark wood but it’s a pre-packaged sort of thing,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 45 – WooFPAK After Leaving The Deer

July 19, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Bluebell, it seems, is very much a chatterbox. It’s clear that the rabbit doesn’t like the dogs. Her lips pull back to show off her buck teeth whenever they draw too close to the table that she’s perched on, ears

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 44 – WooFPAK Finally Delivers The Deer

July 7, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The car doesn’t stop, not for what seems like a very long time. WooFDriver is determined to get the baby deer somewhere safe – somewhere that can help – and the rest of the humans are also on board. They’ve

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 43 – WooFPAK Taking The Deer For Help

June 19, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

“We can’t just leave it out here,” says WooFDriver, lips pulling into a heavy frown. “Look at that leg. It can’t stand, let alone run if something spots it.” “I hate hunters that leave these traps,” grumbles Chris. “Is it

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 42 – WooFPAK Saves The Baby Deer

June 7, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Verah goes tense. Every muscle in his body is wound up, ready for flight. It’s a battle against instincts that have saved his life countless times before and the desperate hope that he can truly trust this strange husky, that

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 41 – Getting The Humans To The Deer

May 23, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Zarro moves as fast as he can. His paws churn up wet mounds of snow. Brambles and thorns catch on the fur of his legs, the curtain of fur that hangs on his under belly. It pulls and tugs, but

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 40 – Helping The Stag

May 8, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Even with a wounded flank, the stag moves quickly. His long legs make it difficult for Zarro to keep up with him, as the husky dog keeps stopping and glancing over his shoulder. It’s night, and both his human pack

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 39 – Following The Deer

March 22, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

There’s something wrong out here. Zarro is sure of it. Even though the other members of the pack have long since fallen asleep, even though the humans are tucked up tight in their bed, Zarro can’t. He sits at the

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 38 – Zarro And The Train

March 6, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Going for a run is just a small respite for Zarro. Where it would usually clear his mind of all worries, it only makes him regret the idea of going back to camp that much more. It’s enough to make

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 37 – WooFPAK And The Casselman River

February 23, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The group decides, in the end, to go around the Casselman River. Rhett is keen on reading about their new destination, his level voice flooding the Jumbo Jet. “It’s a fifty six and a half mile river. This says it’s

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 36 – Finishing The Fair

February 11, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Chase isn’t a natural herder. In fact, he’s never done anything like this before. The actions are stilted and stumbling, far from the smooth response that comes from a cue given by his WooFDriver when he’s hooked to a sled,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 35 – Chasing The Sheep

January 31, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Despite the fact that it’s simply a group of sheep that have been let loose, the fair itself begins to dissolve and scatter. The women taking part in the beauty pageant snatch up their skirts and rush back behind the

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 34 – And The Troubles At The Fair Begin

January 20, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The dogs don’t have to wait long for their answer. As soon as the bell is done chiming, the loud speakers crackle to life. They send bursts of static sound into the air, catching the attention of human and animal

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 33 – The Fair

January 9, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The Somerset County Fair is unlike anything that the WooFPAK has ever seen before. They have been to a few different places with the same idea – festivals that were being held as they passed through town, and other such

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 32 – The Somerset County Fair

December 30, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Getting back to the WooFMobile is an easy enough feat. The problem arises with the open door, and the foul look that Zarro shoots him from the other side of the bench seat. “It’s fine,” insists Jag. “Nothing’s going to

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 31

November 28, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Meyersville looks very different at night. There are several lamp posts on each street, but the light that they cast is faint and ghastly. It makes the older buildings look abandoned, and makes the fact that no one else is

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 30

November 18, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The howl is echoed through the city. First by one dog and then another, until the entire city seems to be echoing with the sound. Jag lowers his head, staring at the malamute across the street. The old dog stares

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 29 – Into Meyersdale

November 3, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

For the next few days, the tension in the WooFPAK is thick. The dogs keep to themselves for the most part, laying in their own seats, only trading comments about the things they’re passing by when required. Eventually, WooFDriver and

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 28 – A Rift In The Pack

October 24, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

For a while, the dogs simply talk amongst themselves. No one can understand why Jag is so upset over the malamute. But then, they weren’t there. They didn’t see the fear in the other dog’s eyes, and they didn’t hear

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 27 – What’s Up With The Malamute

October 12, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The malamute seems to run forever. It’s a graceful thing, with thick white fur covering lean muscles. There’s no problems jumping through the plains, over the ruts in the ground, or the gnarled branch that occasionally rises up before them.

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 26 – Start Of The Halloween Arc

October 4, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

WooFDriver is leery about the woods. It’s all in good sense, and something that Jag completely understands. Every patch of maple that they pass seems to hold all manner of monsters, all manner of creeps. At night, the shadows are

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 25 – Getting Away From The Bear

October 4, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

WooFDriver whistles. The sound is sharp and piercing. It seems out of place in the forest, where everything is quiet, where the only sounds are made by the raging bear. “We need to go, guys. Mush! Mush!” The last word

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 24 – Meeting The Bear

October 4, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

There is something wrong, although none of the dogs can figure it out at first. The birds don’t sing. The leaves don’t rustle. It’s as though the entire section of woodland simply sits here, abandoned. It’s as though there is

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 23 – New Hope Road and Jennings Run

August 25, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Early morning sunlight sets the stage for their departure; it’s a beautiful fall morning. The crisp air seeps in through the parted windows, carrying the scent of the colorful wildflowers that dot the side of New Hope Road. This stretch

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 22

August 22, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Betsy’s waiting for the group when they get out of the mines. She’s wagging her tail so hard that her whole butt is shaking. A plethora of men and women are standing around, waiting to see what they can do

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 21 – The Gas Leak

August 22, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Randy and WooFDriver spend a bit of time talking with the trapped tour group, but Chase finds the conversation dreadfully boring. It’s not that there’s much else here of interest – rather, it’s the previous room that still holds grip

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 20 – Into The Collapsed Mine

August 22, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The opening into the tunnel is small and littered with loose debris, knocked free during the original collapse of the mine. There’s no way to bring the entire WooFPAK into the tunnel. At least, not without bringing down the whole

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 19

August 22, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Chase is quick to tear across the stones. Of all the dogs, he’s the best tracker around. This doesn’t change just because he’s no longer in his backyard, or no longer in the city. He might not know the scents

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 18 – The Mine Collapses

August 22, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The mine has collapsed. That’s clear upon arrival to the area. An ambulance has come to rest near the entrance of the cave, parked between two cop cars and a fire engine. There’s a truck for a park ranger, too,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 17

June 24, 2016 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Throughout the day, Betsy comes and goes as she pleases. The dog is a complete bundle of energy, paying no mind to the harsh tangles of bracken that she passes through. Watching her is almost as tiring as walking! Much