Jock of the Bushveld The touching true story of an indefatigably loyal dog
While James Percy FitzPatrick was working as a transport rider in South Africa, 1 of his companion dogs—a well-bred Staffordshire Bull Terrier—had a litter of 6 puppies. All of the newborn terriers were perfect, healthy specimens—except for the runt, “a poor, miserable little rat of a thing about half the size of the others.” This sickly pup caught FitzPatrick’s attention and unexpectedly grew up to become a paragon of loyalty and bravery, serving as the author’s canine companion for many years to come.
Jock of the Bushveld is a must-read for any dog lover.
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Sir James Percy FitzPatrick (1862-1931) was a South African author and politician whose classic children’s book, Jock of the Bushveld (1907) was based on his experiences during the legendary gold rush in the Transvaal region of South Africa. Years later, FitzPatrick entertained his children with stories of his youthful adventures, and was persuaded by his friend Rudyard Kipling to collect them into a book. An immediate bestseller, this story of a beloved Staffordshire bull terrier who grows from the runt of the litter into a brave and loyal trail dog has never been out of print.