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The Dog Crusoe: A Tale of the Western Plains

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Set in the exciting North American frontier this tale of a rescued dog and its loyalty and help to its new master really underlines the old saying that a dog is a man's best friend
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published July 10th 2008 by Vision Forum
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Kaj Samuelsson
Mar 26, 2015 Kaj Samuelsson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book of adventures. Traveling away from home for the first time, visiting different Indian tribes, some friendly, some not so friendly and some outright hostile. Also I liked the description of the nature around and the encounters of the different animals, especially the first encounter with a Grizzly, and how he tames a horse.
The Frenchman Henri was not so easy to understand, but I have had some training on trying to speak English with some French. They spoke English with Frenc
Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am exhausted. I have been so busy with Crusoe and his master Dick Varley, you would not believe. A shooting match to get us all together in the first place, a trip out into the Great Plains when they were still GREAT, hunting buffalo, exploring in the Rocky Mountains, storms, Indians, narrow escapes, and wild horses. I felt I was right there sharing the action on every page....did I mention the tornado? WHEW!!

This was my first Ballantyne book but it definitely will not be the last. This was a
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
I loved this book, although I have my reservations about how realistic the supercanine intelligence of the Newfoundland may be. But a thundering good read.
Perry Whitford
When young frontiersman Dick Varley wins a Newfoundland puppy named Crusoe in a shooting contest, he finds himself the best of all possible companions.

Huge like all his breed, trained for two years into a great hunter and swimmer, 'he seemed to prefer a quiet walk with Dick Varley to anything else under the sun. But when Dick was inclined to be boisterous Crusoe’s tail and ears rose at a moment’s notice, and he was ready for anything.'

Which is just as well because when Crusoe, Dick and two othe
Sep 01, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book really is a story of adventure in the early Western prairies not just the dog. Although the dog is fun to read about it is more what it was like to hunt a buffaloes and live at a time the Indians presented a problem and also how the early settlers dealt with them. It touches on things that were new to the people at the time Ballantyne wrote it. Crusoe was won by a young lad in a shooting contest as well as a rifle. And as the boy and dog grew and rode out to see the grand prairie for ...more
May 31, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in 1860, and probably set in the 1840's as far as I can tell, and the text reflects 19th-century attitudes toward Native Americans.

Dick Varley is a hunter/trapper/mountain man, who goes out to explore the Rocky Mountains with his dog Crusoe, his horse Charlie, and his friends Joe and Henri. Their adventures are exciting, from Dick's first encounter with a grizzly bear to an avalanche that almost buries Charlie. The dog Crusoe is, from first to last, a central character of
Feb 07, 2012 Arun rated it really liked it
A beautiful walk in the Western plains of USA. Will give you a feeling that you're walking with Red Indians in 19th century. A perfect thriller featuring tribal fights, the dissimilarities, the cruelness they possess, their habits, etc.
Fantastic plot and accurate detailing... A must read! The imagery he paints is realistic.
If you dislike dogs, you may start to love it reading this.
And R. M. Ballantyne, is the best action/adventure writer who's ever walked on earth
Lou Wenger
Feb 19, 2014 Lou Wenger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.

I grew up reading Zane Grey. The descriptions in this book reminds me of Grey. Mr. Ballantyne captured my interest from the beginning and held it to the end . I could almost see Crusoe's expressions, and if dogs could talk, I felt Mr. Ballantyne was right on.
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R. M. Ballantyne was a Scottish writer of juvenile fiction.

Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a famous family of printers and publishers. At the age of 16 he went to Canada and where he served for six years with the Hudson's Bay Company. He returned to Scotland in 1847, and published his first book the following year, Hudson's Bay: orLife in the Wilds of North America. For
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