Shep - Forever Faithful

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9780615128542: Shep - Forever Faithful

Between the gray twilight of the Great Depression and the perilous dawn of World War II, from 1936 to 1942, a heartwarming story of extraordinary loyalty quietly unfolded along the Great Northern Railroad in the remote little prairie town of historic Fort Benton, the birthplace of Montana. A story of faithfulness so unbelievable it warmed the world's heart as it was recorded in the pages of Ripley's Believe It Or Not. This is the story of Shep, the once vagrant mongrel who became America's most legendary dog. Strong principles and simple virtues, taught by a long-departed master, were exemplified by the life of his loyal dog while keeping a five-year lonely vigil for the master's return. Shep's amazing story now belongs to the ages, a classic piece of American history told and retold throughout the years by the Associated Press, UPI, Reader's Digest, Paul Harvey, and other major publications. A story of a noble dog, a soul; forever faithful; and an undying love for his master that endured the hardships of mortal existence and never wavered. A story told through the eyes of a young family struggling against personal misfortune, and the adversity of hard times in an unfamiliar town, a town of a last frontier.

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Stewart Beveridge. A father of 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He began his career as a promoter at Lagoon Amusement Park in Salt Lake City, Utah bringing in national acts, such as the Beach Boys, Andy Williams, etc. In the off-season he began doing Family Nights all over the country with the Carpenters, Pat and Debbie Boone, etc. He promoted Clayton Moore at shopping centers all across America. As he comes across moving touching stories in his life, he notates them and prepares them for writing and publishing. There are many stories, poems and childrens books that are itching to get out of him and into print.

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Shep Forever Faithful Stewart H. Beveridge and Lee Nelson ISBN: 0-615-12854-8 332 pages Shep Forever Faithful is a story of devotion that stretches beyond the noblest of imaginations. Stewart H. Beveridge and Lee Nelson have written a wonderful story of a devoted dog and his ability to transform the lives of everyone he met, as well as everyone who eventually learned of his tale. This story resonates in the hearts of those who have ever had a bond with a dog, and the kind of love that can only be shared between man and his faithful companion. Shep has been described by others as a truly faithful dog. As Beveridge and Nelson point out, the true story of Shep has graced the pages of national newspaper headlines and found its way into the annals of Ripley's Believe it or Not. However, the story of Shep is much more than an anecdote; it is one of true friendship and loyalty that is unconditional and rarely ever exhibited. Shep nuzzles his way into the reader's heart from the opening chapters, as his heroism is detailed by struggling to fend off a pack of hungry wolves in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm. Shep's extraordinary abilities are showcased later when he attempts to corral stray sheep that had been scattered throughout town. As impressive as these feats are, they are easily overshadowed by Shep's overwhelming devotion to his master. After Shep's master dies from illness, Shep follows his body from their camp to the train station where the casket is send home. Shep would wait for his master at that train station for the rest of his life. This story is as much about devotion as it is about redemption. Whether we follow a husband who can't seem to take care of his family, an insecure bar owner who preys on the fragile, or a single mother who regrets the decision she has made, each deals with their individual failures and struggles to make things right. Shep is certainly the fulcrum in their lives, and he provides the hope that can get lost in difficult times. Beveridge and Nelson have penned a story worthy of the highest praise in Shep Forever Faithful. Their understanding of the dynamic between man and animal has created a story with the love, hope, pain and heartache essential to convey Shep's impact on the many lives he touched. Each relationship in the story is authentically genuine and woven together with respect for the real individuals. This book is highly recommended for all. --Frank Stapleton For Independent Professional Reviewers

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