Bobbie The Wonder Dog: A True Story by Tricia BrownBobbie The Wonder Dog: A True Story by Tricia Brown

Bobbie The Wonder Dog: A True Story

byTricia BrownIllustratorCary Porter

Hardcover | April 12, 2016

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Bob was an average-looking collie puppy in every way, except for his bobbed tail . . . and maybe that's why the Brazier family named him Bob, or Bobbie.

But he was average in no other way.

In 1923, Bobbie joined Frank and Elizabeth Brazier for a cross-country drive from Silverton, Oregon, to Indiana, Frank's home state, where they planned to visit family. During a stop in Indiana, Bobbie was chased off by loose dogs, and after a week of searching and placing newspaper ads, the broken-hearted Braziers had to give up and start the drive home.

Six months to the day after he was lost in Indiana, a very thin Bobbie was spotted on a Silverton sidewalk, his coat matted, his paws raw from wear. Unbelievable as it seemed, the three-year-old dog had WALKED almost 2,800 miles to get back home.

Though weak and tired, Bobbie went berserk with joy when he was reunited with his family, and from that day, all of their lives changed. In the weeks and months that followed, his story tore across the country in newspapers and even in a hardcover collection of pet stories. He was the main attraction at an Oregon home-builders convention in Portland, where thousands lined up to pet him, and he starred in a short feature film. Also, the Braziers eventually heard from people along Bobbie's homeward-bound route, places where he'd stopped long enough to recoup, and then he was gone again. These stories verified their thinking. Bobbie had done the impossible.

When Bobbie died, he was buried in Portland, Oregon, by the Oregon Humane Society. Rin Tin-Tin was there to lay a wreath at his funeral, which was officiated by the mayor of Portland.

This incredible story is all true, and the origins ofLassie Come Homeare said to be traced to the story of Bob of Silverton, also known as Bobbie, the Wonder Dog, a Scotch collie mix.

Tricia Brown is an author, editor, and book developer. She travels often and is a popular speaker in schools, libraries, and events in Alaska as well as the Lower 48. Her multimedia presentations, which include lessons on Alaska natural history and culture, regularly receive high praise from educators and parents. She loves to get kids...
Title:Bobbie The Wonder Dog: A True StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.98 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943328366

ISBN - 13:9781943328369


From the Author

This incredible, heartwarming story of Bobbie, the Wonder Dog-a Scotch collie mix, who walked 2,800 miles over the course of six months from Indiana to Oregon in 1923-24 to reunite with the owner he loved-caught the attention of the nation and is said to have inspired Lassie Come Home.

Read from the Book

In 1923, there were no highways. The dirt roads were dusty, narrow, and bumpy, and cars moved a lot slower. Often the Braziers' car was the only one around.Through the long days, Bobbie entertained himself. If he spotted a rabbit, he launched off the car and raced after it. Sometimes an hour would pass before he returned to the road. As Bobbie neared, Frank slowed a bit, so he could hop aboard."Bobbie sure makes a long trip more fun, doesn't he?" Frank said. Elizabeth smiled and nodded.The Braziers never worried. No matter how far away their dog ran, no matter how tired he got, he always found his way back. There was no stopping Bobbie.

Editorial Reviews

"Brown takes a sensational news story and focuses on the devotion of one remarkable dog to bring this amazing story to young readers for the first time. Porter's illustrations combine rich colors and vintage details to bring Bobbie to life on the pages through all of his adventures and hardships. A dog story as incredible now as it was nearly a century ago, gives 'Bobbie the Wonder Dog' all the makings of a timeless classic." --Peggy Tibbits, Midwest Book Review