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Bobbie the Wonder Dog : A True Story (Hardcover) (Tricia Brown)
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Bob was an average-looking collie puppy in every way, except for his bobbed tail . . . and maybe that’s why the Brazier family named him Bob, or Bobbie. But he was average in no other way. In 1923, Bobbie joined Frank and Elizabeth Brazier for a 2,550-mile drive trip from Silverton, Oregon, to Indiana, Frank’s home state, where they planned to visit family. During a stop in Indiana, Bobbie was chased off by loose dogs, and after a week of searching and placing newspaper ads, the broken-hearted Braziers had to give up and start the drive home. Six months to the day after he was lost in Indiana, a very thin Bobbie was spotted on a Silverton sidewalk, his coat matted, his paws raw from wear. Unbelievable as it seemed, the three-year-old dog had WALKED some 3,000 miles to get back home. Though weak and tired, Bobbie went berserk with joy when he was reunited with his family, and from that day, all of their lives changed. In the weeks and months that followed, his story tore across the country in newspapers and even in a hardcover collection of pet stories. He was the star at an Oregon home-builders convention in Portland, where thousands lined up to pet him, and he starred in a short feature film. Also, the Braziers eventually heard from people along Bobbie homeward-bound route, places where he’d stopped long enough to recoup, and then he was gone again. It verified their thinking. He had done the impossible. The famous Bobbie lived only three more years before dying from food poisoning (rotting meat was suspected), and was buried in Portland, Oregon, by the Oregon Humane Society. Rin Tin-Tin was there to lay a wreath at his funeral, which was officiated by the mayor of Portland. Bobbie’s gravestone reads: “Lost Aug. 15, 1923 Wolcott, Ind.; Returned to Silverton, Ore. Feb. 15, 1924; Died April 6, 1927” This incredible story is all true, and the origins of “Lassie Come Home” are supposedly traced to the story of Bob of Silverton, also known as Bobbie, the Wonder Dog, who was a Scotch collie mix.