Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard

Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard

Author:Jim Kjelgaard [Kjelgaard, Jim]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780823423910
Amazon: 0823423913
Publisher: Holiday House
Published: 2011-06-02T00:00:00+00:00

the next day, back at the cabin, danny served his father two roasted partridges and a great heap of mashed potatoes. He propped Ross up on pillows, and grinned when he began to wolf the food.

“For a man as should of been dead, you’re sure hungry,” he observed. “How come you can eat so much?”

Ross grinned back. “Can’t kill an old he-coon like me.” He tore off a great strip of breast meat and held it up in his fingers. “Come here, Red. Come here and have some vittles.”

Red padded daintily across the floor, and his wagging tail thanked Ross for the offering. Danny’s eyes shone, because the two things that he loved best now loved each other. Ross looked at him.

“ ’Twas a mighty lot of foolishment to fight over the dog, wasn’t it? But even if I hadn’t got over my mad, like the mule-head I am, and was waitin’ for you to say somethin’, I sure would know what a pointin’ dog is now. When that old trail give way beneath me I thought I was a cooked goose for certain. How come the dog found me, Danny?”

Danny said soberly, “Red found you on account he’s got a better nose than any hound dog.”

It was the first lie he had ever told his father. But it was more evasion than lie. Red was a partridge dog through and through. And, when he had pointed there in the snow, he had pointed not Ross, but the two partridges Ross had shot and put in his pocket.


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