Bergamot Fury - Code Name: "Alpha" The Leader.
Extensively trained to be a top operative, Alpha is both a lover
and a fighter. He embodies the charm, character, and gentlemanly
nature of a Boston Terrier. Bergamot provides the outward face of
the group as well as being the commander.
Emrys - Code Name: "Cannon Ball" The Rookie. She's
14 lbs of lightning fast muscle. Her specialties include surveillance
and demolition. Cannon Ball is the first to sound the alarm and
last to settle down. She is the eyes, ears, and nose of the group.
Dad - Code Name: "Vengeance" The Driver. An ex-linebacker
turned dog reclamation specialist. He's a little short on finesse
and likes to solve problems the old fashioned way
force and ignorance. If the situation gets sticky he's handy to
Momma - Code Name: "Treats" The negotiator. Skilled
in the use of persuasion and tactical maneuvering, Treats handles
all communications for the group as well as scheduling, equipment,
supplies, and logistics.
Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to rescue a lost
operative being held in a detention center in Colchester, Connecticut.
Our sources tell us he is thin and in rough condition from weeks
of exposure to the elements. We need the team to get in quickly
and get our man out without incident. Good luck and God's speed.
This email will delete itself in 30 seconds.
1500 hours Sunday the 2nd of February 2003. We decided to strike
at late afternoon on a Sunday to take advantage of the lessened
civilian traffic and lighter security detail present during off
hours. Our recon team verified that 3:00PM civilian time would be
the ideal time to strike due to the changing of the guards. We opted
to deal with the new guards to take full advantage of the confusion
that is always present at the beginning of a shift. The plan was
simple; Cannon Ball and I would remain in the getaway vehicle while
Vengeance and Treats made a frontal approach to the facility posing
as missionaries. Once inside they would ascertain the location and
condition of the subject and formulate possible rescue scenarios.
Outside Cannon Ball and I would visually reconnoiter the grounds
and plan the best escape route in the event of unexpected hostility.
The entire group would then reconvene at the BRV (Boston Rescue
Vehicle) to discuss the various possibilities and probabilities
Everyone was silent during the entire ride to the compound. Each
of us knew what he or she had to do and now was the time to focus.
Cannon Ball and I were both concerned that Vengeance would lose
his composure and resort to violence before a proper strategy could
be formulated. We did not have long to entertain our fears, however,
because in less than 30 minutes we arrived outside the target location.
Despite my concerns I knew that Vengeance was a professional and
I would have to trust his abilities. A quick visual inspection of
the grounds and it was go time. Treats and Vengeance managed to
get past the outer guard and through the fences into the compound
without being seen. We could see from our vantage point that they
were proceeding cautiously and that Treats was keeping Vengeance
calm with reassuring gestures. They were nearly inside the main
facility when they were stopped and questioned by a guard. I could
see the tension on Vengeance's face as Treats skillfully managed
to persuade the guard to allow her to see the prisoners. All three
humans entered the main building and were gone for what seemed like
an eternity. Cannon Ball and I were ready for all scenarios. If
there was going to be trouble we had everything from the knees down
After a few tense moments Treats and Vengeance emerged from the
building with the guard following behind. We were both relieved
to see that thus far everything had gone peacefully. Our primary
objective was to get the Boston out, but our secondary objective
was to try to get a man on the inside. Up until now we had no direct
line of information coming from within the stronghold. If we could
get a double agent inside, we would be able to carry on continuing
rescue operations without incident. I could tell by the expression
on Treats' face that she had successfully made contact and that
everything had gone according to the plan. Vengeance was distracting
the guard with small talk while Treats came to the BRV to brief
us on the situation. As Treats opened the door she gave us the code
word "Stay" to let us know that the original plan was
still a go. Equipped with only a crate and her purse, Treats proceeded
casually back to the fenced in area where Vengeance and the guard
were swapping pleasantries. The three humans exchanged a few words
and then made their way toward the main housing facility. This was
a critical juncture in the operation and Cannon Ball and I were
nervous because we could not hear what was being said. As our agents
approached the main door, I saw Treats slip money to the guard and
I knew that we were in. Vengeance stayed outside just in case there
was a double cross, but I could see by the way he gestured to us
to stay down that he was fairly confident of success. A few moments
later Treats emerged into the afternoon sunlight carrying the crate.
Judging from the way she was carrying it with both hands, I knew
it was no longer empty. The guard followed Treats and Vengeance
all the way to the getaway vehicle and even said, "Thanks"
before he turned around and walked away. In a strange way this mission
seemed to have gone too well. We had never infiltrated a government
stronghold before and gotten thanked for it by the guards themselves.
In any case we certainly did not hang around to ponder that thought.
The prisoner's name was Bosco and he looked like he was in bad shape.
Our immediate concerns revolved around getting him back to base
and into a warm bed as soon as possible. Treats confirmed for the
group that the guard had been very cooperative and had been enthusiastic
about the idea of "working" with us in the future. We
now had a man on the inside. Thanks to the skill of one of our agents
we had infiltrated the enemy base and now had someone working for
us on their side.
Bosco recovered quickly and is now currently awaiting reassignment
to a field division. Cannon Ball and myself train constantly on
our paw-to-paw combat skills while Treats is busy refitting our
base to better accommodate our next Boston rescue. Vengeance is
currently attending anger management seminars at a local community
college. His progress thus far has been reported as "satisfactory".
* Thank you to Richard Potter and the staff of Colchester Animal
Control for coming in on a Sunday to help with Bosco's adoption.
Thank you all for all the kindness and compassion you have shown
Bosco and all the other dogs in your care. You are the true heroes
of this story.
** Update: Bosco
has been re-assigned!