The Guide Dog Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens get to hang out with some people who train guide dogs for the visually impaired. Almost immediately they learn that these dogs aren’t ordinary pets. They have a job to do. They’re trained really well. Sometimes they’re trained by volunteers and the people who train them don’t want to give them up, but some people need guide dogs so the separation is necessary.
One dog in particular is highly desired while the Aldens are there. She is a golden retriever named Ginger. Someone even comes up and offers to buy Ginger. The Aldens meet the girl who will have Ginger has her guide dog, but bad things happen. One day, Ginger goes missing. Who could have taken her and why?
What I liked
I might not think much of this book if I hadn’t read a book about guide dog guiding a blind man down thousands of stairs in one of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. They’re certainly fascinating animals. It seems like they can work miracles. Whoever figured out this whole guide dog thing deserves a medal, if he/she doesn’t already have one. It was a great idea and it’s really helped a lot of people out.
What I didn’t like
You are low-down dirty if you steal someone’s animal. That’s part of the reason horse thieves were treated so harshly back in the day, not the whole reason, of course. Horses were valuable because they were essentially cars.
Don’t take guide dogs.
Would you train a guide dog?
What do you think about people who steal pets?