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Lad: A Dog

Albert Payson Terhune

Book Overview: 

Lad: A Dog is a American novel written by Albert Payson Terhune and published by E. P. Dutton. Composed of twelve short stories first published in magazines, the novel is based on the life of Terhune's real-life rough collie, Lad. The real-life Lad was an unregistered collie of unknown lineage originally owned by Terhune's father. Lad's death was mourned by many of the story's fans, particularly children. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And the Master had found the deep scratch on his side and was dressing it, and stopping every minute or so, to praise him again. And then, as a crowning reward, he was taken upstairs for the Mistress to stroke and make much of.

When at last he was sent downstairs again, Lad did not return to his piano-lair. Instead, he went out-of-doors and away from The Place. And, when he thought he was far enough from the house, he solemnly sat down and began to bark.

It was good—passing good—to be able to make a noise again. He had never before known how needful to canine happiness a bark really is. He had long and pressing arrears of barks in his system. And thunderously he proceeded to divest himself of them for nearly half an hour.

Then, feeling much, much better, he ambled homeward, to take up normal life again after a whole fortnight of martyrdom.

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Community Reviews

I loved this book as a child and I love it now! It made me adore collies. I've owned cocker spaniels, English springer spaniels, brittney spaniels, red-bone coonhounds, and a variety of mutts, but no collies. My next dog will be a collie! It's fun to see how I react to this book almost the same way

Here I am at 49 experiencing this story for the first time and only to fill part of a reading challenge. I'm so glad I got the chance. Beautifully written and full of adventure, some exciting, some fearful. And I'm not ashamed to say I cried.
5 stars.

This will be revisited at some point, but it came up as a GoodReads recommendation, and I wanted to share my memory of this book.

I read my pop's old paperback copy of this, and encountered my first (traumatizing) experience with old paperback book-binding glue. It was tragic. I was 9, and not at fa

I read this book as a child, in 4th grade. I loved the heroic Collies of Sunnybank.

When I was a kid, the library had two hardcover editions of this book. I would read one copy, take it back, exchange it for the next. I read this book so many times I could recite it. I read his others as well, but this one, and this dog, remain a favorite. As an adult, I bought the book myself and

I first read this book as a child, and often re-read it growing up. I recently found an old copy at DI, and brought it home to read to my wife.
Even after all these years, the story of Lad, his bravery and self-sacrifice brought tears to my eyes.

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