Alan Payson Terhune and Lad: The Popular Dog Novelist You’ve Never Heard of

If asked who was the most popular American dog novelist of all time, people might answer Jack London or Bruce Cameron, the author of A Dog’s Purpose series. The answer is Alan Payson Terhune (1872-1942) who penned over 30 bestselling dog novels. Many starred Lad, a Rough Collie, who was not related to the later Collie screen star, Lassie.

Terhune’s Sunnybank Collies

Before he became the world’s bestselling dog […]