Scout, the Christmas Dog: A Hunter's Gift

Overview


In December 2004, an aging black Labrador retriever on the first hunting trip of her long, good life spooked at the sound of gunshot and was lost amid the frigid rice fields of the Texas coastal prairie. For a week her owner searched for his old companion, knowing that her age and inexperience were stacked against her survival. When family obligations pulled him halfway across the country, sadness and gloom pervaded the approaching holiday. Then a freak snowstorm, a distant phone call, and a friend’s lucky ...
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Overview


In December 2004, an aging black Labrador retriever on the first hunting trip of her long, good life spooked at the sound of gunshot and was lost amid the frigid rice fields of the Texas coastal prairie. For a week her owner searched for his old companion, knowing that her age and inexperience were stacked against her survival. When family obligations pulled him halfway across the country, sadness and gloom pervaded the approaching holiday. Then a freak snowstorm, a distant phone call, and a friend’s lucky timing brought an unexpected reminder of the magic of Christmas.

The regular feature Scout in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine is named after this remarkable dog. Here is the true story of her winter adventure.

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The disappearance of a beloved old dog casts a devastating gloom over her owner's holiday season. But then a freak snowstorm, an unexpected phone call, and a chance occurrence combine to create a small, four-footed Christmas miracle. A sweet family holiday story.
Houston Chronicle
This is a story for hunters, Gulf coast outdoor enthusiasts or anyone who’s a sucker for a dog story.
Texas Illustrated Magazine
. . . the perfect companion to an evening in front of the fire with man's best friend. A story that can help children understand the hard work that owning a pet can me, the happiness that good training can bring to both pet and owner, and the bond that can grow between a dog and its master, Scout, the Christmas Dog will be a favorite holiday read for anyone who has treasured a pet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585445622
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Awardwinning conservationist ANDREW SANSOM is executive director of the Rivers Systems Institute at Texas State University. He has also served as executive director of both the Nature Conservancy of Texas and of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He and his dog, Scout, live in Austin
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