The Newfoundland Dog: True Stories of Courage, Loyalty, and Friendship by Robert C. Parsons
|February 18, 2013||Posted by Christa McGrath under Animals, Canadian, Non-fiction|
Published by Flanker Press
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
I was excited for the chance to review Robert Parsons’ book on “The Newfoundland Dog”. This book chronicles over 50 true stories about this majestic dog’s intelligence, loyalty, and courageousness. These tales hail from practically all around the world (including cities and towns throughout Canada and the United States; and even from far away countries like Spain, Germany, and New Zealand) and many even date back to over 100 years ago. They serve as a wonderful tribute to the dog’s delightfully charismatic, brave, and friendly nature.
The book is divided into eight sections, each with its own theme (like “Loyalty”, “Rescue by Water”, and “Survival”). The stories within each section are typically short (one to five pages) so readers can soak up the book in one sitting or in multiple sittings if the preference is to read section by section. Inside the cover are tales about the dog’s keen sense of direction, their innate ability to swim, their inclination to rescue, and their undying loyalty. Reading about their bravery, their craftiness, or their astuteness is sure to bring a tear and a chuckle. Parsons also includes illustrations and newspaper clippings that provide a touch of imagery and realism. While many of the stories have happy endings, some speak to the ultimate sacrifice made by this great dog as they gallantly partook in land and sea rescues.
I was not surprised to learn about this breed’s nobility and was practically beaming with pride as I recalled my childhood days spent with one. You see, I grew up with a Newfoundland dog (a wonderfully devoted family pet named Major) and could easily relate to the stories about the dog’s friendship, loyalty, and bravery. Though Major has been gone for over 25 years, I have not forgotten him and these stories are a fond reminder of this beloved dog’s true magnificence. So thank you Robert Parsons for taking the time to do the research and share the findings in this charming book. If you animal lovers out there take the time to sit back and read this book you may just find yourself scouring pet ads or breeder websites in search of your very own Newfoundland dog.
To find out more about The Newfoundland Dog: True Stories of Courage, Loyalty, and Friendship, click here.