With much warmth and good sense, this story of Rusty, the airedale who made good on the Dawson ranch in the Sierra Nevadas, will have a sure-fire appeal for dog and adventure enthusiasts alike. Frightened of gunshots, other animals and human discipline, it didn't appear that the puppy who limped half-dead into the ranch would ever be of value to Tom or his father. With both humor and sadness we follow the lessons of Rusty's training as he is skillfully taught to avoid chickens, by the red pepper method, remain undaunted at the sound of a gun, keep away from the furious heifer and enter a doghouse. Although Rusty may never be a herd dog, he surpasses the wildest dreams of the Dawsons when he proves his value as a ranch protector by saving baby Jane from the hoof of a bull, killing a coyote and holding a lion at bay. Authentic scenes of ranch life, hunting trips, and the general atmosphere of this region add depth to a story proficiently conceived and executed.