It was the middle of the night and Magnus the kitty cat was snoozing on his blanket when he smelled smoke. He didn’t know what smoke was, but he knew it was dangerous. He woke up his people and they ran out of the house. Magnus ran outside too, but he didn’t follow his people to the car even though they called and called for him. Magnus knew he had to save the chickens. He ran to the chicken yard and leapt over the fence. He ran to the chicken coop and found it was locked up for the night. He scratched at the lock with his paw until the latch loosened, then he nosed his way inside. The chickens were sleeping upstairs in their roost. “Wake up” he called, “you have to go outside right now.” “But it is dark, and we can’t see anything” called Stegosaurus the chicken. Magnus walked up the ramp and stuck his head inside the roost where the chickens were waking up and whispering to each other. “What’s going on? asked Brachiosaurus” “What is that smell?” asked Velociraptor. “I’m afraid!” cried Triceratops. “I’ll lead you out”, said Magnus. “Follow me!” He turned and ran down the ramp. The chickens followed sleepily. At the door to the chicken coop, Magnus turned and counted the chickens; one, two, three, four. “Hurry” Magnus called, “we have to hurry.” The air was smoky, and it hurt to breathe. Hot air singed Magnus’ fur and the chickens’ feathers as they quickly followed him across the chicken yard. At the gate, Magnus turned and said, “you have to fly over the gate; follow me” and he leapt over gate. “We’re afraid”, cried Brachiosaurus. “You can do it” Magnus told them. “Just flap your wings and fly over gate.” One by one, the chickens flew over the gate and landed next to Magnus. He counted again; one, two, three, four. Water, thought Magnus. We should get to water. He led his parade of chickens to the koi pond. He turned and called, “jump in, the water will save you from the heat of the fire.” “But we can’t swim”, cried Stegosaurus. “Sure, you can”, Magnus said. “If I can swim, so can you” and to show them, he jumped into the pond and paddled towards the middle. The splash woke up the fish who swam towards the chickens and encouraged them to jump in. “We’ll help you swim” said the fish. The fish voices sounded like bubbles to the chickens. One, two, three, four, the chickens jumped into the water. The fish swam underneath them and beside them to help them float without tipping over. “This is fun”, laughed Velociraptor. “The air is so hot”, said Triceratops. The fish jumped and splashed water on the chickens’ feathers to help them stay cool and they all swam around in the koi pond for hours. They heard fire trucks drive by and saw the airplanes and helicopters fly towards the fire. After a long time, the air got cooler and there was less smoke. Magnus’ people came home and were very happy and surprised to find fish, chickens, and the cat all swimming in the pond. Magnus saved the day.