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“Nops Trials held me in fascinated suspense to the last page. It is poignant, authentic, and beautiful. This story of a mans dedication to his dog is as gripping as any thriller.”
—James Herriot
“An adult novel for animal lovers that does justice to both its human and canine characters . . . with crispness and authenticity.”
—New York Times Book Review
“The best dog book Ive read since Jack Londons White Fang.”
—San Diego Union
“Destined to become a classic. . . . Anyone who loves dogs should make a beeline for this book.”
—John Barkham

Its Christmas Day when we meet Lewis Burkholder, a West Virginia livestock farmer and sheepdog trainer, and his ­talented young border collie, Nop. The usually happy holiday is shattered when Nop is stolen from his owner. Nops Trials is the story of Nops fate, the abuse and brutality he suffers, and his incredible resiliency. Its a touching tale of a border collies undying desire to do his job and serve his master, and it explores the depth of love and devotion that a dog and a human can feel toward each other. This stirring novel of courage and love is a modern classic.

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Jeane, February 10, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
Nop, Lewis Burkholder's newest and promising border collie, is stolen on Christmas day by a pair of rednecks who keep dogs for bear hunting and dogfights. He is then sold to an unscrupulous dog owner (Burkholder's enemy), and begins a long terrifying journey. He passes through many different people's hands, suffering abuse from most of them. Told in conjunction with his trials is the story of life back home on the farm: Burkholder's depression and anger at loosing his dog, difficulties working the farm without a dog to handle the cattle and sheep, friction between Burkholder, his wife, daughter and son-in-law, and almost in the background is the Stink Dog, once a champion border collie but now rendered crippled by an accident. In this book there are very interesting insights into how the dogs think and work. Border collies are not at all like other dogs, and Nop is a very strong character. Burkholder himself is also quite stubborn and tenacious, and the surprising methods he uses to pursue his lost dog make a good page-turner. However, the examples of almost every kind of cruelty and abuse a dog can suffer could make this book very disturbing to some readers.
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Mccaig, Donald
Lyons Press
McCaig, Donald
Dogs - General
Animals - Mammals
Nature Studies-Mammals
General Pets
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