GEbA_Silver_WebThis is an exciting historical biography of a hero dog and an easy to read, adventure filled story of a pure-bred Samoyed dog who excelled in working events and lived from 1946-1957 in California.  The book took several years to complete and relies on eye witness reports and interviews conducted over a nine year period.  As the lead sled dog for Lloyd Van Sickle, Rex was involved in over 30 mountain rescues in a time before snowmobiles.  His most famous rescue was the delivery of Dr. Nelson by sled to the snowbound 226 passengers and crew aboard The City of San Francisco train stuck at Yuba Gap in the High Sierras in January of 1952.  Rex won more than his share of sled dog races, set the world record in a weight pulling contest in Montana in 1954, was lead dog on a regular U.S. mail run over the 7,200 feet high Targhee Pass, pulled out downed planes at the Truckee Airfield and took the wounded survivors into Truckee, brought in logs for half the Donner Lake Piers, was on the movie set with John Wayne and appeared on TV in the ” Have Gun Will Travel” series.  This is the story of how a long legged gangly pup who was an initial embarrassment to Agnes Mason’s breeding program turned into a model of working excellence and a star in the conformation ring and breeding programs.  The book has many high quality photographs, original and award winning color art work, and has been very well received by students in SW Washington public schools as well as within the dog owning community.   Rex is not just for Samoyed owners and I made him available on Amazon Kindle at the moderate price of 99 cents so that he would be accessible to the widest possible audience.  Hard and soft covers are available through Amazon or the author’s website at   at $18.95 for hardcover and $14.95 for softcover.

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