Mark Twain's story, told from the standpoint of a courageous and loving she-dog, was first published in 1903. The story, by turns both funny and heartbreaking, begins with a description of her life as a puppy. As she grows, she is sold, then takes a mate and has a puppy, and her master and mistress have their first child. Her motives are misunderstood when she saves their baby from a fire and she is cruelly beaten. The truth is soon discovered, however, and she becomes an adored and loved heroine to all those around her. But her master is a scientist and her puppy dies cruelly in a biological experiment. The ending is deeply moving and sad.
Though it's not a well-known fact, Mark Twain was a passionate believer in animal rights. In A Dog's Tale, his empathy for our furry companions comes to light. A warm narration from David Ian Davies brings humor and touching emotion to this story told from the perspective of a loyal, loving family dog from her puppyhood through adulthood. Listeners will be moved by the heartbreaking sadness the dog has to endure, from being beaten to a misunderstanding, to the sorrow of losing her puppy to a biological experiment conducted by her master, a scientist. While it still bears Twain's trademark wit, A Dog's Tale is deeply moral and affecting.
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