Black Horse of Culver (1950, p. 517) and Fools Over Horses (1952, p. 701) were stories with ideals of good breeding, both in horses and humans. This tells of a cast-off mutt who wins a warm home and a well-earned reputation in a circus. Red, the animal feeder, buys Beano and both land in trouble, brought on, for the most part, by Beano's affection and near-human desire to see his new master get ahead. Beano, a natural show-off, becomes a clown dog in the bareback act and Red, who has been working with the lions, gets a chance to perform with them -- and the pretty lion trainer's daughter. The big top atmosphere, animal antics and an unaccented romance may tempt older readers, too. Sprightly.