The Captain's Dog is a classic canine adventure by veteran dog writer Robert Scott McKinnon. As a student at the University of Montana on a swim scholarship, McKinnon borrowed a raft from the Alameda Sheriff's Posse and rafted from North Fork, Idaho, to Jack London Square in Oakland, via the Salmon, Snake, Columbia, Willamette, and Sacramento rivers, some 1100 river miles, the summer of 1958. The following summer McKinnon boated from Great Falls to Savannah, Georgia, via the Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, TVA, and Savannah rivers, some 3200 river miles, with two coon hounds, Lead and Loud. The third summer Johnson Motors, Alcoa Aluminum, and Crestliner Boats made a movie, The River Busters. McKinnon was the first to go up the Salmon River, the "River of No Return," in a small power boat. McKinnon (and his dogs) know what it's like down in a windblown, cold, wet river trench where even with maps you don't know one creek from the other, and you have no idea where you are ... until you get there. Here is the entire Lewis and Clark journey, from Washington and President Jefferson, to the Pacific and back, a unique perspective of how it might actually have been, the laughs, the cries, the love of a dog for his Captain, and the love of the expedition for the dog. Part 2 shoves off at St. Charles and up the Missouri eventually to Lolo Pass, now the border of Montana and Idaho, and in the wilderness, Seaman finds himself alone, at the top of the world, everywhere and nowhere, all at once, befriended by a family of wolves. "Our dog, Captain. Our dog."
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Robert Scott McKinnon resides in Great Falls, Montana, with his wife Suzy, adopted Greyhound Jones, and three adopted cats, Angel, Tree, and Edgar, and one Tilapia, the Son of Otis. The McKinnons continue to run a summer swim lesson session and swim masters swim meets. In 2009 Robert won the 400 IM in his age group at the Canadian National Masters Swim Meet in Toronto. Robert has a musical comedy “The Tooth Fairy Came to Gopher Gulch” making its way up the ladder; it has been produced as a play, then as a recital, then as a musical comedy on the University level and now it is slated for production by a rural high school drama club and summer and fall presentations by an adult regional theatre group. The Captain’s Dog, a dog’s view of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is McKinnon’s sixth novel: Moose, Bruce and the Goose (Bobbs Merrill), To Yellowstone: A Journey Home (Holt, Rinehart and Winston), Jesse’s Hound, (serialized 9 installments, National Greyhound Association), Down Under Jones (Iowa Greyhound Association), and The Haunted Aquarium Castle (serialized 13 installments ... Freshwater and Marine Aquarium). He has plays and musicals to his credit on the University level and a two time Voice of America Halloween radio/computer play presentation “Cerberus.” He has played the banjo professionally for 40 years and is a retired high school English teacher. His website is: http://home.bresnan.net/~maddog526/index.htm
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