Bobbie the Wonder Dog: A True Story

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By Tricia Brown
Publisher WestWinds Press
Bobbie the Wonder Dog: A True Story
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Bob was an averagelooking collie puppy in every way, except for his bobbed tail . . . and maybe thats 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 crosscountry drive from Silverton, Oregon, to Indiana, Franks 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 brokenhearted 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 threeyearold 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 homebuilders 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 Bobbies homewardbound route, places where hed 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 TinTin 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 of Lassie Come Home are said to be traced to the story of Bob of Silverton, also known as Bobbie, the Wonder Dog, a Scotch collie mix.

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1481 words1,481 words
32 pages32 pages
Lexile AD710LLexile AD710L
Grade K to 3Grade K to 3
Age 5-8Age 5-8
Published 2016Published 2016

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