Dog Is My Co-pilot

It was 0700 hours when orders came down: After nightfall, we’d be bombing the enemy hydrants east of Wang Chung — over 60 miles into enemy territory.

I took one last look across the airfield. A lot of good men would be on this raid — men with wives, men with puppies. Some of them wouldn’t be coming back. It’s a fact every flyboy faces in Wawa Squadron. Death isn’t just your destiny, he’s your friend — the face in the mirror every morning, the hands tucking you in every night.

I could hear the great engines whining as they turned over. It was time to go. Doris stirred softly as I brushed her cheek. “Don’t wait up for me, honey,” I murmured.

Photos by Toronja Azul.



  1. bargles says:

    I honestly think that a good 80% of the comments I leave here are just to tell NTMTOM how awesome he is.

  2. Everybody Wang Chung tonight!

  3. brinnann says:

  4. brinnann says:

    I wish we could delete our own comments. 😦 Stupid embed link. 🙄

  5. freetomato says:

    Being married to a USAF aviator, I can tell you that the combination of the steely gaze and hovertext in picture two is PERFECT!

  6. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    S’ok, I fixenated it.

  7. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    … and 32% percent of those are from my mom, using an impressive array of logins. 😉

  8. dustbowl says:

    The hovertext is some of the funniest ever…I can already imagine the entire film; sort of the like the monologue from Airplane! (the speeches he gives where he bores everyone to death).
    But the look of the doggie’s eyes (especially in pic 2) well…my sheltie Belle used to give me those. I called them…”the misty eyes of Love!”

  9. tracylee says:

    *swoon* over wawa doggeh
    *swoon* over NTMTOM

  10. Martha in Washington says:

    Welcome to the club! We ALL love NTMTOM!

  11. PS: Bombing enemy hydrants! BWAHAHAHAHAAAA—- snerk!

  12. I still don’t know how one wang chungs.

    Maybe that is for the best.

  13. Another wartime saga from the most awesome NTMTOM! Excellent!

    signed, not NTMTOM’s mom.

  14. Mary (the first) says:

    Another LOL when I scrolled down and saw more than just tips of the wawa’s ears. Another classic NTMTOM (aka Mike) post. Where’s that coffee table book of Mike’s that we’ve been promised?

    (signed, also not Mike’s mom)

  15. I can’t believe SNL or 30 Rock or somebody hasn’t scooped you up!

  16. 260Oakley says:

    Leonard likes to do a little dance for Doris when he takes off his jacket after coming home from flying a mission: he calls it the Landing Strip.

  17. Mike, you haz teh awesum in spades, sir. I don’t know who the original Mike was, but I must strongly protest your permanent “othering” around here. Power to the Mike!

  18. Awesome scrolldown and awesome hovertexts! (Oh, honestly, Leonard!)

    Also, not NTMTOM’s mom

  19. There you go again, NOMTOM, trying to sucker us in to quoting “Airplane.” But I won’t do it, I tell you, I WON’T! Because you know what happens then: the shit hits the fan. And I picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue. And I’ve been nervous lots of times. AARRRGGGHHH!!!! Somebody stop me!

    (Not NOMTOM’s Mom. Also not Leon, who is getting larger.)

  20. warrior rabbit says:

    I still — and will always — think of him as NOMTOM. And I’m also not his mother.

    I love the hovertexts on this one! Now get in the car, Leonard.

  21. brinnann says:

    Thanks! 😀

  22. brinnann says:

    I think you may be right.

  23. LOL! WoooOOOoooo!

    Funny one, Oakley!

  24. TrixandSam says:


  25. TrixandSam says:

    Dang, tried to get fancy with a googly-eyed icon.

  26. brinnann says:

    *stuffs dollar bills into Leonard’s collar*

  27. brinnann says:

    Aww, Leonard, that’s just not right! You’re supposed to dance on the pole, not… 🙄

  28. NOMTOMSMOM says:

    You know, sonny, all those times I said I bet you think you are sooo clever, I meant it! 😉

  29. Do you mean this one:


  30. Shoot…


  31. Wawa squadron? Wang Chung? Oh Mike.

    Please tell me that you’re writing professionally somewhere. If not, Harlequin would kill for your mad skillz.

  32. “Win this one for the Zipper!”

  33. stephanie says:

    This dog reminds me of Steve Buschemi for some reason.

  34. handsome bomber dog!

  35. Kallisto says:

    NOMTOM. You’re a genius. You should write books, they’d be top sellers.

  36. Kallisto says:

    Also, I would like to add that I’m not NOMTOM’s mum nor do I know him personally (at least, I don’t believe I do). Seeing as he is always incognito, I might. But, no, probably not. Or?

  37. brinnann says:

    *hands Kallisto a Tylenlol*

  38. Alice Shortcake says:

    Is that Ethel Merman I can hear singing in the background?

  39. I was thinking the same.

  40. Could be Kate Smith.

  41. No! No, I say! Keep your puppies off the pole!

  42. What it is, Big Mama! My mama didn’t raise no dummies!

    PS: Don’t tell her there’s a sale at Penney’s. 😛

  43. victoreia says:


  44. (The Original) Mel says:

    Leonard is my kinda guy.

  45. tracylee says:

    it’s really difficult to type out “NTMTOM” when you def. want to call him NOMTOM

    it’s a great NOM de plume, and it’s how he should sign his name as author of the C.O. coffee table book if (when?) he & Oakley decide to conspire on it

  46. Fird Birfle says:

    me likes “fixenated”. Sounds supere-scientifique 🙂

  47. Fird Birfle says:

    rah, rah AVIATORS!!

    Daughter of an A-7 Pilot & Squadron XO & CO
    100 missions from an “Air-Crash Carrier”
    [prior to 1980]

  48. Fird Birfle says:

    My fave was when the family member scolds Senor Chi Hua Hua for making this speech “every time we go for a car ride” 🙂

    Related Question: WHERE IN HECKFIRE did they find a bombere jacquet WITH (hopefully faux) fur-lined lapeles, in ChiHua Hua SIZE????????????

    The Mind Boggles

  49. Fird Birfle says:

    However, here at CO, we commend you for the Proverbial “Ol’ College Try” !!!!

    GO, TEAM TrixandSam !!!!

  50. Fird Birfle says:

    “….the White Zone is….” 😉

  51. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Alice Shortcake:
    …..or are you just having a bad flashback???? 😉

  52. TheIglets says:

    Gah I was getting ready to do the same thing. He is scary funny!

  53. My personal favorite is “Not Mike (or whatever his name is).”


  54. Becky, Bubba'smom says:

    Hovertext #3…..classic.

  55. Peppermint Mouse says:

    I was just thinking that!

  56. victoreia says:

    Severe shell-shock.

  57. “Listen Betty, don’t start up with your white zone 🙄 again.”

  58. It’s a completely different kind of flying, altogether. 😛

  59. victoreia says:

    “Give me Ham on five; hold the Mayo.”

  60. ElishaB says:

    NTMTOM, you’re the bomb… wait, Leonard you’re the bomb… wait…..bombER…..Oh shirley you can’t be serious?……….

    The best post story EVER…….well, ranks pretty high in my short memory…only a couple of brain cells left after this week at work 🙂

  61. Oh, the last line (hovertext) busted me up!! Too funny!!

  62. victoreia says:

    “Jim never vomits at home.”

  63. victoreia says:

    You can tell none of us have ever seen “Airplane!” …… 😉

  64. heres loogin at yoooo kid!!


  66. You see, someone’s thumbing down our “Airplane” quotes. How mean. 😥

  67. This mother of an ensign thanks your father! Lots and Lots

  68. ahahhaha. Oakly you are the best!

  69. We have a couple in Alberta here who make biker jackets for Yorkies… I imagine one might fit a wawa? They also do doggles etc. It’s kind of an interesting story… he was one of those hit hard by the H1N1 flu… in hospital for weeks on end (close to 3 months, if memory is correct), 2 or 3 days when they didn’t think he was going to make it, and he is still not able to go back to work. He has to be checked out by a neurologist, and that appointment isn’t till AUGUST! So his wife is now the chief breadwinner, and they started this business on the side to try and make up some of the difference….
    Sorry this is so long. Look up

  70. Or sniffed glue.

  71. Brown Suga' says:

    LOVE the last hovertext!

    (And no, I’m not MOMTOM either.)

    We would like to take this oppertunity to tell you what a wonderful son you raised. 😉

  73. bagoguts says:

    “Men with puppies.” ARRRROOOOO!!!

    Not NOMTOM’s mom that I know of.

  74. (The Original) Mel says:

    Hi from an air crash carrier vet.

  75. (The Original) Mel says:

    Do I hear “Highway to the Danger Zone” playing faintly in the background?

  76. Or Anita Bryant!

  77. Andi from NC says:

    that’s awesome!!!!

  78. Theresa,

    I wouldn’t worry – it looks like almost all the comments on this post have 1 negative vote. I guess someone is either grumpy or thought they were giving the comments a thumbs up.

  79. Another riveting post by NOMTOM – and yes, NOMTOM, surely you are writing a book!

    (and yes, I’ll stop calling you Shirley . . .)

  80. Fird Birfle says:

    Thank you mother of ensign and thank you ensign!!!

  81. I always ignore the first couple thumbs down. There are always a few weisenheimers who think it’s funny to be obnoxious, since they’re online and “anonymous.”

  82. warrior rabbit says:

    MOMTOM! Wahahaha! Dammit, why didn’t I think of that. (Kicks self.)

  83. Kallisto says:

    Thanks, Brinnan. I feel much better now.

  84. Catwhisperer says:

    Somehow, NMOWHNI is as much fun…

  85. Catwhisperer says:

    Somehow, NMOWHNI isn’t as much fun…

  86. brinnann says:

    Sounds to me like the name of a Hawaiian island.

    Pronounced n’Mowheenee

  87. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! They make helmets, and do other accessories too…..

    Do you think a basket on my walker for my 5lbs of luff fluff and other stuff, qualifies my Widget for a helmet???

  88. TrixandSam says:

    Thanks, FB, i loff the CO family!

  89. TrixandSam says:

    speak for yourself.
    * whistles, rolling eyes innocently*

  90. Me too.

  91. Hooray for you! I’m sure all the ani-pals are very grateful.

  92. If you look more carefully, i’s actually a parka.

  93. I mean it’s.

  94. Hee. Is Doris his wife, or just his girlfriend?

    Not NOMTOM’s mom

  95. AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! 260Oakley, where are you? You’ve got competiton!

  96. Peppermint Mouse says:

    How do you do the emoticons? I can only do:

    🙂 How to do: : ) without spaces
    😉 How to do: ; ) without spaces
    😛 How to do: : P without spaces

  97. Peppermint Mouse says:

    TylenLOL? Was that intentional?

  98. [splashing an OJ & vodka on my own face]

  99. Just use an eight and a capital o. 8 O without the space in the middle (just make sure there’s at least 1 space on each end, tho).

  100. Pups with Buscemi Eyes!

  101. GazzaBazzaPussyCat says:

    It looks like Dappy out of NDubz.

  102. GazzaBazzaPussyCat says:

  103. Jennifer says:

    This dog looks like my boyfriend’s dad.

  104. Kristie says:

    This wowa looks JUST like Steve Buschemi. Probably already been said, but yeah. This is Steve Buschemi.

  105. This is such a cute pic, add in that he’s a chocolate sabled red, pushes it over the top for me! Unusual color, love the chocolate nose and amber colored eyes!