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Lad: A Dog [Paperback]

By Albert Payson Terhune (Author) & Sam Savitt (Illustrator)
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Recounts the heroic and adventurous life of a thoroughbred collie who was devoted to his Sunnybank Master and Mistress

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Lad, a courageous and dignified 80-pound collie, lived in The Place. The Place was thick with woods, abounding with squirrels to chase, and a cool lake in which to plunge -- a beautiful kingdom -- and Lad was its undisputed king. Lad's loyalty to his chosen Master and Mistress knew no bounds. The stories in this book are all about Lad. Some will make you laugh out loud, some will make you cry. And when the book comes to its conclusion, you will know one thing for sure -- that Lad was a dog with a soul . . .

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.76" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1993
Publisher   Homeschool Bargain Books
Age  12-12
ISBN  0140364749  
ISBN13  9780140364743  

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Books about a dog...  Mar 2, 2007
are now legion, as they say. But Terhune was the first person to make them worthwhile to read! I recently came across Albert Payson Terhune's oeuvre, Sunnybank, and Lad, etc. while preparing to purchase a collie for our home. Although we did not eventually get the 'dog of our dreams,' all of my hopes and aspirations, which had been fueled by watching "Lassie" almost fifty years ago, were codified, given life, and made literate in the many books by Mr. Terhune.

His way of writing, (though repetitive in terms and phrases from book to book- a relatively minor point, for the writing is evocative, even if repetitive) is nevertheless easily on a par with many 'good' modern authors today, and is therefore of more merit, than perhaps when they were first written!

As Chronicles of history (the era when cars were first being mass-produced & made available by the 'monthly payment with interest scheme,' so burdensome to modern life) when gentlemanly conduct and lady-like manners were not 'chauvinistic,' all of Terhune's books would make a very nice study of American mores and morals of the 1910-1930's era, especially for boys aged 9-12. Where he [Terhune] shines most evocatively, is in giving that sense of awe and wonder, as one looks with love and affection on a dog that many consider the noblest examplar of the breed as a whole!

What was also pleasant to read, is the honest way in which Terhune describes how literate, intelligent, and societally well-to-do [white] folks looked upon the world, their neighbors, the rise of crime as a mobile menace with the advent of said motorcar (and thus, Terhune makes an eloquent 'apologia' for limiting, rather than expanding[!] mass transportation from inner city to outer suburbs in modern metropolises!) with a frankness that is woefully missing today. In short, when needed, Terhune, like almost all men of his era, is willing to 'call a spade a spade.' Some might call his use of terms for some of the less seemly characters he portrays, 'racially insensitive,' but that is only because we have been brainwashed into thinking civility and crassness are interchangeable cogs on a multicultural wheel!

I, for one, found this utter frankness of Terhune and his overt masculinity (in his descriptions of events and persons) a breath of fresh air- especially after the 'Illegal Alien May First walkout of 2006,' Hurricane Katrina and the Superbowl, the Million Man March, and all the other 'minority grandstanding' one has to endure in this "PC" mad era. Terhune's evocation of an era that should come again reveal that civility, proper manners, respect for property, life, and livestock on a working farm or kennel, are things that any child (or adult!) could/should take a lesson from. Along with Knight's "Lassie-come-home,' these books (in their original issue, and not in modern reprints, which clearly would be 'santized' for 'modern dumbed-down readers') are now prize possessions in my antiquarian bookcase. I will return to them every year, (and read them to my children, whom I homeschool!) to read of a lifestyle, a culture, that once defined what it is to be free, noble, and American. IF I could put it into the fewest words possible, I would say Terhune writes of: Man, dog, and nature. If one could sum up Terhune, these three qualities shine through resplendently in all of his works. I can honestly say, that, for a work of fiction, I am a better man for reading them.
A Dog Story to Remember  Jan 16, 2007
Here's my sister, Shannon Hyle's feelings for this book:
"Reading about Lad, a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune fired my desire to own a dog, not just any dog but a faithful tawny collie who would keep me company, lick away my tears and save my life (it might have been from falling through the ice or from that car speeding around the corner or maybe from our cantankerous cow with the cock-eyed horn. Terhune's book series was based on the very real Sunnybank Lad, "a thoroughbred in body and soul."
I also found Terhune's books very satisfying reading and couldn't get enough of them or of Thomas Hinkle's horse stories.
Excellent Biography of a real collie dog  Dec 23, 2006
I read this as a young boy (probably around 10) in the 1960's, as part of a children's book club (I also loved 'Three against the Wilderness' and 'Coral Island'). Until I got to the end of this book I hadn't realised that Lad was born over 100 years ago (1902), so the footnote at the end describing Lad's death was quite a shock, even though I couldn't really expect Lad to live to over 500 in doggy years. It's a testament to the quality of this book that it has never been out of print since being first published in 1919.

I'm sure the stories are embellished a bit for story-telling, but the simple tales ring true. In each chapter, Lad has a separate adventure and generally emerges a hero. One can't help thinking that a certain fictional collie called Lassie, `the world's most famous dog' who was created in 1938, was rather inspired by the real Lad. Because the stories in Lad a dog were originally serialised in magazines, they do tend to repeat a bit (not unlike the routine of dog-owning really, so that's OK). Terhune, Lad's owner, was a full time wealthy person, who bred collies for fun, and Lad was his first and favourite. This book is a celebration of Lad's life, and being a 'true' simple story it reads well. It is a reasonably easy read for older pre-teen kids and above (this site states 6 and above). The book chapter titles are: His Mate, "Quiet", A Miracle or Two, His Little Son, For a Bit of Ribbon, Lost!, The Throwback, The Gold Hat, Speaking of Utility, The Killer, Wolf, In The Day of Battle, Afterword. The book has aged well, probably as it is set in the timeless countryside, and descriptions of life there aren't dissimilar to that of our family's rural village life today. Do read the this site review by the way, it's quite good.

You can still visit Lad's grave at Terhune's 'Sunnybank', although as he was buried at 'his favourite spot', his tombstone is laying in mud now. It reads "Lad 'Thoroughbred In Body and Soul' 1902-1918". It's in Wayne, New Jersey, if you're passing. Sadly Terhune's house was demolished in 1969, although a memorial park was set up around Lads grave (see

The success of this book led to a series of books, but I only ever read this excellent one. From anecdotes by the likes of literary giant James Thurber, I get the impression that Terhune was more than a little anti-social, but this book is about his dog Lad. Plus collie dogs, and his second wife mentioned in these stories, were his passion. So a must for doggy fans, which probably just about includes every boy on the planet. It's also nice to know that rough collie descendents of Terhune's dogs from "Sunnybank Kennels" live on today.
I can first remember having this book read to me by my mother. This was in 1950. The book, in reality a collection of short stories about a wonderful dog named Lad, are loosly connected. This book had quite an impact on me and has stuck with me throughout the years. Reading this, and other Terhune works, always brings the young boy out in me. I guess being a life long animal lover, particularly dogs, helps, but being a life long lover of books certainly does not hurt either. Yes, the language and syntax is indeed from another era, but for me this is a plus as I enjoy this sort of thing. Yes, there are some sad parts to this work, as in other Terhune books, but then that is sort of like life, isn't it? I cannot imagine an animal lover not enjoying these books. Perhaps here are some, but I doubt it. I am very glad this work is still in print as we would be much poorer without it. So many of our old stories are being lost now, it is nice to see that some of them are surviving. Highly recommend this one for both young and old. This is an excellent one to either read to your child or start your child in his or her interest in reading.
A book you'll never forget  Jun 13, 2006
This is one of those stories that draws you in, creates vivid pictures in your mind, and stays with you forever. We read this book 7 years ago, and I still think of it often. I can't wait till our sons are old enough to read it.

I don't think I can really do any justice to writing about Lad, or the story. The writing is wonderful, the characters are engaging, and the dog is the most memorable dog I've ever read about. The end is very sad, so be prepared for that.

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