The conflict between an elegant black cat and a beautiful Collie is central to this somewhat rambling story of the Bigelow family. For not only do the cat and dog feel a natural enmity to each other, but little Donny and his sister Linda seem frequently to be on less than friendly terms. As Eleanor, the cat, matures into a mousehunting mother, the Collie, Gertie, is more or less reconciled to felines and even assumes a protective attitude toward the kittens. When a group of strange dogs attack Eleanor and Donny, Gertie and Linda intervene. There is a frantic scramble of dogs, boy, girl, and cat, with a victory for the Bigelows, who united in peril realize that they are all, after all, very good friends. Marie Nichols' animal drawings are appealing, and the story, though it has moments of charm, is somewhat diffuse.