The other dalmatians barked the message to the firefighters indoors.
Colonel Kramer knew the Dalmatian Company would have things under
control by their swift response. The Colonel watched them from the Wigglebus with
admiration. "Great choice of an emergency meeting place," he
nodded with approval.
"Why thank you, Colonel!" said Wiggle. "All families should have
an emergency meeting place before you ever need it."
She couldn't stop thinking about all their hard work. All her
dreams of her special day with Patrick were going up in smoke, right before
Wiggle's high beams blinked with pride. Little Patrick had
grown up so much since the days he believed that money was the most valuable
thing of all. Wiggle knew that everything that mattered was right
here, and as long as they had each other, they had everything.
"You are safe to return to your home," said the firedog. "Your
furnace had a puff back."
"What is a puff back?" asked Molly.
"Our furnace hasn't been on all winter," said Henry. "We use the
"Well that explains it," said the firedog. "You don't have
your wood stove on today, and it must have got so cold it turned on your
old furnace. That is not smoke, it is soot. It can happen when
a furnace has not been on for a long time. While I was in your house,
I checked all your smoke detectors. You get an A+. You have them
in every room, and they are all working! I have shut your old furnace off
so it can't come back on. You should have that looked at."
"You are very lucky," said the fire dog. "There is soot on
your roof, but it did not go in your house."
"Would you like to stay for our party?" asked Patrick O'Malley?
"I would love to," said the firedog, "but we must get back to Dalmatian
Station to wait for our next call."
"Soot yourself," laughed Patrick. "But you sure have saved the day!"