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Children's LiteratureIf you read the stories about Hachiko a year or two ago, you will now meet an American version of this loyal Japanese dog. Shep worked with his master herding sheep. They apparently had a very close relationship and when the shepherd fell ill and went into the hospital, he did not recover. His body was taken to the Great Northern railway depot and shipped home. Shep waited and waited, meeting every passenger train that arrived in Fort Benton. As time passed the station master was able to gain Shep's trust and stories about this faithful dog began to spread. Money, correspondence, and offers to care for Shep poured in. Shep finally died—killed by a train—because he was old and deaf and was not aware of the danger. However, Shep is not forgotten; and if you visit Fort Benton, you will see his concrete tombstone and a bronze statue. A smart teacher or librarian will pair this book with Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog and Hachiko Waits. All three will surely warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. 2006, Sleeping Bear Press/Thomson Gale, Ages 4 to 8.