An attempt- not wholly successful- to capture again the magic of The Voice of Bugle Ann, the memory of which is still fresh after eighteen years. Somehow this seems to lack the spontaneity; it is perhaps a little contrived; one is more conscious of the almost Biblical folk rhythm of speech and language. The story has a dependable formula, as the miracle ""voice"" of the hound bitch, Bugle Ann, reappears in her daughter, and again in Little Lady's dubiously bred son, Little Bristles. That once again, the sharp emotional conflict over the dog results in a break between a devoted husband and wife (no murder this time) seems to carry less conviction, particularly as a child is born in the interim. Good yarning, and the inevitable tug that a sympathetic dog story produces, but the devastating emotional impact is missing. This will sell- but on heritage rather than original appeal.