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Squaw Dog by Patricia Beatty
Joe Pine, the toughest Indian in town, kicked the cringing Labrador. “No-good dog!” Joe shouted. “You coward, you squaw dog! You’re new fighter.”
“He sure ain’t,” Joe’s friends agreed. Having a bet on the dogfight they were attempting to stage, the men were disgusted with the Labrador’s obvious terror.
“Pa, if he is a squaw dog, can I have him?” Jimmy asked.
“Yeah, take him.” Joe told his son.
Thus began a fast friendship. Jimmy knew his father had stolen Kadedo from some tourists who were offering a ten dollar reward for the dog’s return, so he and Kadedo kept out of sight most of the time. Jimmy’s two friends, the Coast Guard Captain’s kids, helped them. But despite the efforts of all three children, Jimmy was eventually parted from his faithful dog. Then Kadedo’s troubles began in earnest.
Set during the depression on the author’s native Olympic Peninsula, the story is written with conviction and feeling. It is a hardhearted reader who will not be moved by Kadedo’s trials and his final reunion with Jimmy Pine.