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"Boy" The Wandering Dog

Marshall Saunders

Book Overview: 

Another 'dog's-eye view' book for children by this early activist for the American Humane Society. In this tale, we follow the travels and adventures of Boy, a loveable and loyal wire-haired fox-terrier in city and country.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What made you leave me, pup?” and she surveyed me good-naturedly.


How I longed for the power of speech! She was a fresh air and fresh water fiend. She used to take me in bathing with her and make me dive under the breakers, and she put cotton wool in her own ears but never a spear in mine, and I got deaf; and then her old man-servant used to bathe me in the garage and get soap in my eyes with his wobbly old hands, and I got angry, and cleared out. I am a clean dog, but I don’t want the hide scoured off me.

Mr. Granton gave me one of his penetrating glances, then he said to Miss Bright-Eyes, “Do you think the dog was happy with you?”

“Happy, certainly,” she replied. “Everything was done for him.”

I barked protestingly.

“Tell us how you treated him,” said Mr. Granton.

“Well, as soon as I had my breakfast, he was with me till lunch time,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is one of my all-time favorite books. It is an enjoyable read for both young adults and adults. As an adult, I used to show Wire Fox Terriers and was thrilled to discover a first edition, written in 1916, at a dog show which I immediately purchased.

Boy is a wire-haired fox terrier. We meet him when he first returns to New York City, a place he loves and has lived in before. He seems to have lived in California, London, Paris, and just before our story opens, Virginia. But now he is back in New York, and the first thing he does is make friends