"Blackjack A Ranch Dog" written by Thomas C. Hinkle. Published by William Morrow Company, copyright 1946.
Dr. Hinkle, author of many well-loved stories of dogs and horses, knows intimately the western country, its men and animals. he understands that a dog who works with men, instead of against them, can overcome his untamed brother.
Blackjack was born years ago in a remote part of Jim Preston's great ranch. His mother, Bob Tail, had not always been a wild dog but had run away from a cruel owner., Clark, Jim's fifteen-year-old brother, made friends with Bob Tail and finally succeeded in bringing her and her puppy to the ranch house.
All the ranchers were plagued by a pack of wild dogs that preyed upon their cattle. The leader of the band was so skilled in outwitting the cowboy's efforts to trap or shoot him that only another dog, his own equal in size and courage, had much chance of destroying him. Blackjack, Jack for short, grew up to be such a dog. Jim and his cowboys spent months searching the ranges for the outlaw dog and his band, but it was Clark who took part in the final encounter with them and saw Jack kill the leader after a desperate fight.
224 page hard cover book in good condition with no rips, tears, or writing. The dust jacket is worn. See the pictures for more detail.