“He was a big and incredibly powerful collie, with a massive coat of burnished mahogany-and-snow and with absurdly small forepaws (which he spent at least an hour a day in washing) and with deep-set dark eyes that seemed to have a soul behind them. So much for the outer dog. For the inner: he had a heart that did not know the meaning of fear or disloyalty or of meanness.” – Albert Terhune
Think of a famous collie dog, and you’ll probably imagine clever Lassie
or maybe motherly Fly from the movie/book Babe
. But before these smart collies became known everywhere, there was a real-life dog named Lad
who was as famous as either of them. He lived almost one hundred years ago, yet his adventures still make for good reading today.