Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

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Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

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Bobbie, the collie dog pictured here, accompanied his family on a trip from their home in Silverton, Oregon, to Walcott, Indiana, in August 1923. During the trip, Bobbie's owner, George Brazier, took him along when he went to fill the gas tank on the Overland Red Bird auto, also pictured here. As Bobbie nosed around the service station, he ran into a pack of local dogs, and they chased the visitor away from his master. The Brazier family drove around town looking for him and ran ads in the local newspapers for days, but they finally had to return to Oregon without their four-legged friend.

Six months later, on February 15, 1924, Bobbie limped into downtown Silverton. He was found by Brazier's daughter Nova. Despite being thin and footsore, the dog's celebrity grew as he recuperated. Newspapers around the country, including the Ripley's Believe It or Not column, picked up the story of the determined dog. The family received letters from many people who claimed to have seen Bobbie during his six months of traveling. …

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