When Annie is forced to resettle from Los Angeles to an East Texan farm, she saves her money to buy the "Absolutely Perfect Horse." But the nag she actually gets is a 35-year-old Appaloosa nicknamed "Dogmeat." In the end, though, this worn-out old steed proves his valor when a pack of wild dogs attacks the farm. "I defy anyone to read this story without a tear springing to one's eye!"--Robert Reginald.