This story is about a boy who wants a dog but his family cannot buy one. Then, he decided to do the work him self with God giving him the strength to carry out his wish. After he gets the money, he buy the dogs which are on sale. They go on many adventures thru training and hunting coons. They go to a competition and win first place, is one of the many adventures. After that and back home, Old Dan saves the kid from a mountain lion, unfortunately dies. Little Ann dies by self starvation, because she was depressed by the death of Old Dan. The are a few cuss words but when the kid says bitch he is using it in the original meaning, female dog. So, if you want you/your child to read about loyalty, persistence, and friendship read this book. This book has an over all good message(stated above) and the kid is a good role model for persistence.