back up to untie the horses and found that
the gang plank to the jetty had been taken
up. Da Muff put her front paws on the edge
of the boat and looked out. Silently and without
so much as a shimmy or a shake or a noise,
the ship was moving on its own. They could
see the noble tecolotes on the jetty. G & J
waved, but of course the owls didn’t know what
that was. So they waved bigger and wider. Finally
one tecolote raised his wing and sorta saluted.
Then they marched off down the jetty. G & J
could see teeny weeny dots along the shore
behind the stick houses. It looked like the
whole village had come out to see them off.
Then they could see them no more.
This made G & J very happy to have the horses
so well cared for. Now what could they find for
themselves and da Muff?
Like I said, the ship didn’t rock or sway or
wiggle. It glided silently over the water as
if it were glass. J went over to untie Mober
and Pepper and lead them down to their new digs.
Man were they excited! Hay! The stalls were big
and had a big window between them so Pepper and
Mobe could talk and carry on and scratch each
others manes etc. There was also a window for
each of them to look out on the ocean, with glass
of course. Though this area was in the belly
of the ship, it was still above water. The place
where they oared, was a few steps lower down.
There was even room enough for the horses to
sorta run a few steps and kick up, which they
did right away after their baskets, blankets
and bridles were taken off. Beside the entrance
gate into the stalls, there was another smaller
door that opened up for feeding. J threw some
hay into a wire basket affair. Man were they
happy campers! … or … sailors. J also found a
faucet that came right out of the wall into a
sunken wooden half barrel. This was the water.
He had no idea how much water they had on board,
so he used it sparingly, smarty pants that he