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Lad, a Dog Albert Payson Terhune

Lad, a Dog

Albert Payson Terhune

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ISBN : 9780448022376
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First published in 1919, Albert Payson Terhunes Lad: A Dog is actually a collection of immensely popular magazine stories. The hero is an extraordinary collie named Lad, a thoroughbred in spirit as well as in blood. In each tale, Lad exhibits hisMoreFirst published in 1919, Albert Payson Terhunes Lad: A Dog is actually a collection of immensely popular magazine stories. The hero is an extraordinary collie named Lad, a thoroughbred in spirit as well as in blood. In each tale, Lad exhibits his pure strength of character as he fights off burglars, rescues an invalid child from a poisonous snake, wins ribbons in dog shows, and otherwise leads a dog-heros life. This is a period piece--a threatened puppy is described, for example, as a blinking pygmy who gallantly essayed to growl defiance--and that touch of fustian is all part of Terhunes enduring charm. Because the stories didnt originally appear together, theres considerable repetition: nearly every story with a fight scene has the same authorial mini-lecture on the difference in fighting technique between collies and bulldogs. But Lad is a character who has poked his muzzle into a million hearts, and new generations of dog lovers will also appreciate his loyalty and courage. As Terhune himself wrote, few... bothered to praise the stories, themselves. But all of them praised Lad, which pleased me far better. (Ages 6 and older) --Richard Farr