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Just Gus / McCall Hoyle ; illustrations by Vivienne To.

Hoyle, McCall, (author.). To, Vivienne, (illustrator.).

After guardian dog Gus is injured defending his flock of sheep, he is sent to recuperate and heal with a young boy, Diego, whom Gus finds he can help by learning how to work as an emotional support animal.
Gus is a livestock guardian dog with one job—protecting his farm from coyotes and foxes. He likes keeping the sheep, the chickens, and his humans safe, and he’s very good at it. One day, Diego and his dad come to visit the farm, and Gus immediately connects to the small boy. They both like to sit still and enjoy the quiet, and Gus can tell that Diego likes being around a gentle giant of a dog, that it helps relieve the boy’s constant worry. When Gus detects the scent of a bear in the woods, he rushes to protect his flock, injuring his leg in a fight with the dangerous beast. Wounded, Gus needs to rest and heal away from his sheep, so he doesn’t risk reinjuring his leg. Diego suggests Gus come home with them to the North Carolina coast. Suddenly, Gus is thrust into a new world of saltwater and sand and neighbors who don’t appreciate the presence of a large guard dog, like the neighbor who reminds Gus of his first owner—the junkyard man with the heavy boots. Gus realizes Diego might need a friend as much as his sheep need a protector, but if he can’t learn to control his instincts, like barking and patrolling the neighborhood, Gus might lose his chance to stay in his new home. If he can’t protect the farm or his boy, Gus worries he might never find his place in the world.

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  • ISBN: 9781639930937
  • ISBN: 1639930930
  • Physical Description: 202 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: [Salt Lake City, Utah] : Shadow Mountain Publishing, [2023]

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-11 Shadow Mountain.
Grades 4-6 Shadow Mountain.
Subject: Dogs > Juvenile fiction.
Human-animal relationships > Juvenile fiction.
Pets > Juvenile fiction.
Emotional support animals > Juvenile fiction.
Sheep dogs > Juvenile fiction.
North Carolina > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Children's stories.
Animal fiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Nazareth. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity J FIC HOY JUS 2023 (Text) 31001101889856 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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