Great books about dogs

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JACK Lon­don was a won­der­ful ac­tion and ad­ven­ture sto­ry­teller who lived about 100 years ago. His nov­els, Jerry Of The Is­lands and Michael, Brother Of Jerry are both about Ir­ish Ter­ri­ers.

Al­though the books are fic­tional, there are blood­lines recorded in the be­gin­ning of th­ese books that hint th­ese sto­ries may be fea­tur­ing real dogs – al­though pos­si­bly the events are not true.

Other bril­liant canine reads by Lon­don in­clude The Call Of The Wild and White Fang, which are tales of bru­tal­ity and re­demp­tion, both in the doggy world and the hu­man world. If you’re not a reader, th­ese have also been made into films.

OK, the hound in The Hound Of The Baskervilles doesn’t ac­tu­ally ap­pear very much, ex­cept to strike ter­ror into Wat­son, Sher­lock Holmes’ pal, but the book is a clas­sic! Find a free copy at Guten­berg.org, or, if you’re not a reader, check out the au­dio book at http:// lib­rivox.org/the-hound-of-the­baskervilles-by-arthur -co­nan­doyle. There is also an ex­cel­lent old ra­dio show at https://ar­chive.org/ de­tails/TheHoundOfThe Baskervilles.

Fi­nally, al­though Lad was writ­ten for kids and is a clas­sic, th­ese moral sto­ries are prob­a­bly more suit­able for adults look­ing for per­spec­tive into the mind­set of peo­ple liv­ing dur­ing World War I.

Lad is a hero who pro­tects the weak, and the story is chock­full of ethics. I find it fas­ci­nat­ing, al­though I don’t share many of the pre­cepts.

Check it out at https://ar­chive. org/de­tails/ladado­gal00terhrich

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