Our Most Loyal Dog

Reliability, devotion and faithfulness: endearing qualities shared between people and their canine companions. Shep is the true story of a dog that became an inspiration to people around the world. Following the death of his owner in 1936, Shep watched as his body was placed on a train and shipped east. For more than five years, through rain and snow, Shep met every incoming train with hopes that he would see the man who had cared for him. Even today, people visit Fort Benton, Montana, to stand at the grave of a dog whose actions remind us of the true meaning of loyalty and heart.Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than 45 books for young people including The Prairie Builders, The Forest in the Clouds, Butterfly Count and B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet. Sneed lives in Missoula, Montana. Joanna Yardley has illustrated a number of award-winning children's books. This is her third book with Sleeping Bear Press. She is the illustrator of B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet and P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet. Jo lives in Missoula, Montana along with her husband and son.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey 636.736999999999
ATOS Reading Level 5.3
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585362592), PDF (9781627531481), Hosted ebook (9781627533768)
Copyright 2006, 2014
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Treasure State Award (A Montana Readers Choice Award), Winner, 2008
  • K-2 Crown Gallery Award: A Children's Choice Award, Winner, 2008
  • Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist: Storyteller Category, Runner-up, 2007

Author: Sneed B. Collard

Sneed B. Collard has written more than 30 books for young people, including the popular titles Animal Dads, Leaving Home, Beaks!, Butterfly Count and The Forest in the Clouds, which Booklist magazine named one of their Top Ten Children's Science Books and the International Reading Association selected as a Teacher's Choices book. Sneed lives in Missoula, Montana, within sight of the giant "M". When he's not writing or walking his border collie, Mattie, he often can be found speaking to schoolchildren and teachers around the country about science, nature, and writing.

Illustrator: Joanna Yardley

Joanna Yardley was born in Bishop's Stortford England and moved to the states as a child. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and has had the pleasure of working with some of the greats in the industry—Chris Van Allsburg, David Macaulay and Jane Yolen. She has illustrated a number of award-winning children's books, including "The Bracelet" by Yoshiko Uchida, which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book. Jo and her husband Dale have lived on both coasts and now both borders of this beautiful country. They are raising their son Max in Missoula, Montana, along with their pets—Osa and Serena.

Full-color illustrations