McDuff chases a rabbit away from home, and his barks help a Mrs. Higgins bring him back.
McDuff is a "Westie" terrier who becomes lost chasing a rabbit. He ends up in the garden of a Mrs. Higgins. She puts him in her motorcycle sidecar, to go to the police station. On the, he sees and smells familiar things. Responding to his barks Mrs. Higgins finds his home. Both are happily treated to apple pie and sandwiches. The illustrations are well done, but the story is a merely a cute enumeration of events.
Our only relief from Berty's detailed narration, about the timeless repetition of life on a Vermont farm, is his older brother's nagging desire to see the world.
This book offers its subject, the ongoing minutiae of 1917 farm life, as a theme. Sure, family milk was sold "to George Macready's creamery at the end of Grant Street", of Barstow, Vermont. So what! The narrator, Bert, is a purposeless observer with only his older brother's wanderlust contrasting with farm routine. To Bert, Luke's sad departure is just another wistful tick of farm-time. Illustrated faces project the same sentimental detail and tedium.