Based on a true story, this book, designed
for young people, tells of a dog who wandered into San Diego
in 1886. He had probably been on the steamboat Santa Rosa
, and once the boat landed, the pooch decided to explore the
It didn't take long for the dog, who was given the name "Bum,"
to endear himself to just about everyone and in a very short
time, he was adopted as San Diego's "town dog."
Bum frequently followed the newsboys who sold the papers, later
he would run with the fire wagons, and he also had a career helping
photographers to keep children occupied when they were being
The many adventures of Bum and his friendship with Captain James
Friend provide a charming tale for all ages.
"...a touching story..."
"...fine children's reading..."
Adelante, Newsletter of the Congress of History
illustrated by dozens of silhouettes and drawings..."
The Jerusalem Post Magazine