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My Doggie and I

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

This story surrounds a child waif, a young woman, a young gentleman doctor, and an elderly lady. This tale unfolds the story of a bond that brings these unlikely friends together and merges their separate paths of life into one common path. The bond is "Dumps", or "Pompey", the "doggie". With many twists, turns, and uncertainties, the ending may surprise the reader. All's well that ends well in this doggie "tail".

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I left my old lodging the landlord fled the country, and other people came to the house, who were troubled by my sending so often to inquire. Then my money was all expended, and I had to quit my second lodging, and came here, which is far, far from the old lodging, and now I have no one to send.”

“Have you any friends in London?” I asked.

“No. We had come from York to try to find teaching for my darling, for we could get none in our native town, and we had not been long enough in London to make new friends when—when—she went away. My dear Ann and Willie, her mother and father, died last year, and now we have no near relations in the world.”

“Shall I read to you, granny?” said I, feeling that no words of mine could do much to comfort one in so sad a case.

She readily assented. I was in the habit of reading and praying with her during these visits. I turned, without any definite intention of doing so, t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An enjoyable read with a nice happy ending.

This is the second R. M. Ballantyne title I have read. I've been wanting to get to a few more of this Scottish writer's books ever since I read The Dog Crusoe and His Master A Story of Adventure in the Western Prairies, and since Ballantyne was born in April, he fit into this month's Literary Bir...more

Recently acquired a copy of this book that is over 100 years old, it was given as a school prize to my husband's grandmother in 1906. Absolutely lovely to read. A simple story but the language used is so quaint, a pleasure to read.

This is an awesome short story that I highly recommend reading or listening too!