As a respected dog breeder whose famed collie line is still winning awards today, Albert Payson Terhune knew the value of a perfect canine specimen whose attributes were sure to win plaudits at the top shows. But as a tender hearted dog lover, Terhune recognized that all pups -- not just the pretty ones -- offer something of value to their owners. This fantastically action-packed novel centers on Bruce, a collie that wasn't blue-ribbon material, but whose loyalty and bravery mattered more. Bruce charts the story of an unwanted puppy who becomes loved by the mistress of the family. He then becomes enlisted as a carrier dog in World War 1, completing heroic tasks and coming home a war hero.