Rutherford, Canine Comic
Rutherford, Canine Comic
Some dogs fetch sticks. Others roll over. Some even play dead. But have you ever heard of a dog who tells jokes? Meet Rutherford--a bona fide stand-up comedian.

Rutherford, Canine Comic is the first book in a middle-grade novel series told from the perspective of the title character. It features the exploits of a basset hound whose only goal in life is to become a faithful and fearless family watchdog. But when an accident with a pickup truck on a dark dirt road leaves Rutherford with two broken legs, his dreams of protecting the hearth soon fade.

Rutherford reluctantly accepts the fact that he must now find a new career--one that will pay the bills. He turns to the glitz and glamour of the stage, and a career as a stand-up comedian, a decision which unfortunately presents more than the fame and fortune he is expecting. Rutherford soon experiences a host of misadventures for which he is unprepared.

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Rutherford, the dog, lives with his family and their owner Mr. Davis who owns a breeding business, which breeds basset hounds for show.  Rutherford wants to become a guard dog for Mr. Davis, but he was born with a bad leg which made him limp. Instead, he becomes a comedian for his family. When Mr. Davis dies from a heart attack, his son Horace Davis takes over the business. Horace doesn’t like Rutherford as he thinks he’s useless because of his bad leg. One day, he drives and drops Rutherford out at a spot in a faraway forest.

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