Lad, a handsome collie, rules the Place for his master and mistress. With his sleek mate, Lady, at his side, he chases away neighborhood dogs and intruders. But one day, when the master brings home a spirited young male, Lady starts to spend all her time running with the newcomer. Will Lad be able to win back her loyalty? For Lad, the excitement is just beginning. Throughout this classic story, he faces one thrilling adventure after the other. A poisonous snake, the police, and hostile city streets are only a few of his challenges.
Albert Payson Terhune first recounted his own dog’s exploits in a series of short stories for magazines. When readers of all ages praised Lad, Terhune collected the tales into the heartwarming volume that has captivated young readers for over 70 years. With John McDonough’s skillful narration, Lad, his furry friends and foes, and the humans in his life spring vividly to life.
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My Childhood Favorite Story
I kept this booked checked out almost constantly when I was a little girl. The way the story describes Lad and his master and mistress is the basis for how I’ve always thought about dogs. It was a pleasure hearing it read this time rather than reading it myself. The story is true - Lad did exist. I would have loved to have met him. Great story!!!!!
Skillfully written and expertly narriated.
Would you consider the audio edition of Lad, a Dog to be better than the print version?
I would prefer the audio edition, due to the talents of John McDonough. His skillful reading of this selection enriches the text.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the vivid descriptions, the attention to detail and the development of each character.
Have you listened to any of John McDonough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, I have listened to John McDonough's performances in the Jan Karon"s Mitford series.
He was splendid in those as well. His reading brings characters and stories to life.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it was a book that I longed to listen to and would listen during any spare moment.
Any additional comments?
Loved the story and it was even more impressive to realize that it was based on true events.
If you have ever loved or been loved by a dog...
What did you love best about Lad, a Dog?
The adventures written of here are absolutely believable regarding any dog's behavior and the love and devotion of man and dog to one another is evident on every page. The collie nature is described in its most reverent and honest manner. Proper behavior, human and dog, and pride in ones conduct, human and dog, are so refreshing in this book. Best yet? It's all true. You can visit the New Jersey property of the Master (Bert Terhune) and pay respects to Lad and the many other valiant dogs of The Place.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The Master. He was fair, honest, kind, firm, right, and bigger than life.
Which scene was your favorite?
The most trying was the final fight scene. It was horrendous to read and for anyone who has experienced a fight to the death - all too real.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
As a child, I loved the feel of the book but even as an adult, the loyalty, kindness, and honesty - so rare in our lives today - brings a tear to my heart.
Any additional comments?
If you have ever loved a dog or have ever been loved by a dog, this book, and all the Terhune stories, will bring a warmth, a sense of adventure, of honesty, of time, of beauty, of devotion to your heart. If you've ever been owned a collie, well, this book is more dear than one can imagine.