Sunday, January 26, 2014



Do you remember how Where The Red Fern Grows starts out?  I had totally forgotten.  In case you are wondering...Billy is a grown man and is walking along when he hears a dogfight.  A pack of dogs are attacking an old redbone hound.  The redbone sends some of the dogs away injured, and Billy swings his jacket and scares the rest of them away.

Of course the redbone brings back memories of Dan and Little Ann...anyway, he takes the him home and baths him and feeds him.  And by the looks of his feet, Billy thinks he is hunting for his master. The redbone has a homemade collar on, and scratched on it is the name Buddie.  He feeds Buddie and when night comes, Buddy becomes restless, so Billy lets him out the back gate to continue on his journey.

My question is, wonder what happened to Buddy?  Did Wilson Rawls ever write Buddie's story?  I think it would have been every bit as good as the story of Old Dan and Little Ann.
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And has anyone read The Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour?  Everyone always thinks he wrote only westerns, and maybe most were but this one isn't.  And it is one I have always thought he planned to write a follow up book. This is one of my favorite books.


9 comments:

Sandra said...

i used to read his books over and over and have read many of them, but only westerns. i did not know he wrote other stories. i do love his western tales.

Montanagirl said...

I've read a lot of Louis L'Amour books, and Zane Grey books as well. I love the old Western stories, but I don't believe I've ever read the one you mentioned.

don said...

Whee the Red Fern Grows has always been a favorite of mine. It's about time to reread it too. Nice black and white shot. You raise some interesting questions.

Michelle said...

A great b/w shot and a great question about Buddy.

Small City Scenes said...

I loved Where the Red Fern Grows but what about the book Where the Lilies Bloom. I watch that movie dozens of time. I have some L'amour books but have not read a non-western one.
I wonder about Buddy too, but we can always imagine our own story. MB

Quiltedtime said...

I cried and cried when I read Where the Red Fern Grows. There is no way I could ever read it again.

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never read Where the Red Fern Grows - another book for my "must read" list!

Caron said...

I always knew I couldn't read that book or see the movie. Same with Ol' Yeller. I'm way too sensitive. My grandfather and dad read Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey books. I have a stack or two of them as keepsakes.

Dee said...

They are all good books....my husband is a big L'Amour fan. I will ask him if he has read "The Last Of The breed"?

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