Dog Jack

Monday, April 8, 2013
With an impatient look of disgust, the man announced, “My job is to mend soldiers.”
He is a solider, sir”, Matt argued, “one of the best the Union has. He saved my life twice.”

Book: Dog Jack by Florence W. Boris, Sonrise Publications, 1988

Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 12-18
Subjects: Slavery, Animals, Faith in God
Summary: Who could imagine two injured soldiers in the war insisting the surgeon care for a dog before them? Yet, that’s exactly what happens. Dog Jack came to the firehouse as a stray, just like young Jed, an escaped slave boy. The two strays grew to be best friends and Dog Jack was adored by all in the firehouse. When the time came to go to war, they brought the dog with them. Quickly learning to respond to calls, he became a huge assistant, as well as a moral booster to all the men in the company. And this is his story.
Notes: This is based on a true story of a dog that was a companion to a group of soldiers in the Civil War. His story was recorded by a chaplain and in 1988, turned into a fictional book designed to tell his story. It also focuses a lot on Jed’s story, what led to his escape from slavery and his faith in God. He just assumed God did not care much for him until the Chaplain showed him, time and time again, just how much God loved him.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 John 4:11-12 – Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.


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