Sometimes Even Man’s Best Friend Can’t Fully Deliver

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“Soldier Dog,” written by Sam Angus is a story that easily warms your heart, but just as easily wrenches it out of your chest.

“Soldier Dog,” written by Sam Angus is a story that easily warms your heart, but just as easily wrenches it out of your chest. Stanley seems to have the worst of luck sometimes but other times it seems as if he’s the luckiest boy on earth. Your heart will be easily be captured by this emotional tale. It’s a must read story for anyone who enjoys happy endings.

 

 During World War l, the world is a confusing and dangerous place and Stanley’s has been turned around dramatically. His ma died and now it seems his da has turned on him because he let their prized show dog, Rocket, run away. Tom, his brother, who had been very close, has become depressed and left to join the army with no explanation.

 

When Rocket returns Stanley discovers that she is about to have pups. After days of waiting, the puppies are finally ready to be delivered. The birth is a tough few minutes, but a successful few. Stanley is overjoyed and becomes very attached to the pups, especially the smallest one, Soldier. Da doesn’t feel the same way and is waiting for a chance to drown them. One day, Stanley wakes only to realize that the puppies and Da are gone, heading to the lake.

 

Devastated, Stanley leaves and applies for a place in the army, hoping to find his beloved brother. When he is accepted and assigned to the war dog section, he’s determined to be sent overseas. His dog is a very rambunctious and problematic great dane. Stanley’s told he’s untrainable, but unexpectedly, they excel as a team and are sent overseas.

 

This is a very emotional story, especially towards the end. I would give it ten out of ten stars because there was nothing I didn’t like about it. However, I would recommend this to people 12 and over due to some mature content. Still, this is definitely worth reading.