The Dogs of St. Augustine [NOOK Book]

Overview

This story is based on historical events that took place in St Augustine, Florida at the tail end of the year 1702. It is told through the eyes of Alba, a small white puppy who was left behind when his ship sailed without him. He meets the resident dog pack and is befriended by them. Adventures abound as he learns about life on land and what his place will be in the town.

Their world is turned upside-down when the English invade from the ...
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The Dogs of St. Augustine

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Overview

This story is based on historical events that took place in St Augustine, Florida at the tail end of the year 1702. It is told through the eyes of Alba, a small white puppy who was left behind when his ship sailed without him. He meets the resident dog pack and is befriended by them. Adventures abound as he learns about life on land and what his place will be in the town.

Their world is turned upside-down when the English invade from the north and 1,400 Spanish citizens take refuge in the Castillo de San Marco along with cattle herded into the empty moat. A tense waiting game with several skirmishes over the next month-and-a-half is finally resolved on Christmas Day.

All of the humans characters who interact closely with the dogs are made up, however Governor Zúñiga, the other men of the garrison whom I mention by name as well as the doomed Juan de Galdonia are all real. I used the St Augustine Historical Society for my reference material footnoting specific actions that the Spanish took during the siege.

All of the dogs are all based on early breeds; Spitz, Shipperkie, Catahoula Leopard Hounds and the rare and fascinating Carolina Dog.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014594639
  • Publisher: Shumi
  • Publication date: 7/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 501 KB

Meet the Author

The author was always interested in heritage breeds of livestock and more recently in the early dog breeds of America. She likes reading about history, enjoys historical re-enactments, and likes vintage motorcycles and cars. She enjoys exploring the byways and back roads of America with her companion and dog, finding interesting stories along the way.
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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    An Endearing Tale

    In 1704, Alba is a sea pup, or at least begins life as such. All that changes when his ship anchors at St. Augustine. Young Alba meets a pack of hounds, and has a grand time learning to hunt with them. Not only hunt, but become fond of Dice, a female pup of the the pack. He wistfully heads back to his ship only to find it has sailed without him. The next months prove the most adventurous and trying of his young life. Alba grows up during the several months the city is under siege by the English. He discovers his true calling in life, and learns that while love is not always reciprocated in the way one would want, it can still returned. Sandra Luck does a wonderful job weaving historical fact with a well-told tale of a young dog's experiences. The section dealing with the deaths of Alba's friends Toveh and Juan were especially touching. When it comes to storytelling, The Dogs of St. Augustine's is on a par with The Wind in the Willows. It deserves to become a classic!

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