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Gold Rush Dogs
Dog lovers and history buffs will delight in this collection celebrating the beloved canines that offered companionship, protection, and hard work to their masters in the Far North.
Paperback, 119 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Alaska Northwest Books
(first published May 2001)
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I picked this up while on vacation and I paid full price for it and no regrets! Tho very short and sweet, I found it to be an enjoyable must read. Readers will learn about Alaskan dogs that have gone down in history, including, but not limited to Stickeen, Julian, Nero, Yukon, Faust, Baldy, Togo, Balto, my personal favorite, Patsy Ann. The book tells their stories. Some were brave and saved lives. Some were mining dogs or hauling or sled dogs. Some were just remarkable friends. The book even tal ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Gold Rush Dogs is the kind of book that you'd find in the tourist-trappy gift shop in that little old mining town that you visited on your Gold Rush Days tour through Alaska. It's a coffee table book that you'd be likely to display to remind you of your Alaska trip, or to catch the eye of your friend that's in town for a visit. It's a popular history book that you'd thumb through while a smile played at your lips, and you might stop here and there to read about what's going on in that photo that ...more
Excellent read! It would have been enough to just share the wonderful stories of these famous dogs of Alaskan history. The book goes way beyond, and blends the dogs' stories with stories of key people, places, and events from the Alaska gold rush through the beginnings of the Iditarod sled dog race. It's a great book for adults, but I also am eager to share it with my classes of fourth graders. The stories mix humor with danger, adventure with history. I love how the heart of all the stories is ...more
From Stickeen, John Muir's dog to Patsy Ann, a bull terrier who belonged to the town of Juneau, these stories of Alaskan canine heroes are compelling. A number of these stories involved sledding dogs. I really enjoyed reading about the great serum run of 1925 and how the dog sleds lost out to the airlines for delivering U.S. mail. I was rather slow to finish this book because it was easy to put down. Although I liked the stories the book was divided up in a way that inferfered with the narrative ...more
I really liked this book. It talked about the many dogs that were around during the Gold Rush period. It talked about nine different dogs and their owners. In each chapter it talked about the achievements that the dogs made and what their owners achieved. All in all I would recommend this book to everyone because it was easy to read and a person could understand it easily.