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In “Fact or Fiction?” by Sneed B. Collard III, the author tells of his search for the truth about Shep, the Fort Benton, Mont., dog whose loyalty inspired the much-loved children's story as well as Collard's own book, Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog. Now, here's Shep himself, thanks to Fred Arnst, whose father ran Fort Benton’s only movie theater and in his spare time, used his camera skills to record life in Fort Benton in the 1940s and 1950s on 16mm film. This clip is part of the larger story, Historic Fort Benton, Montana, and Shep, a DVD version of that original 16mm compilation; the DVD can be obtained for $19.95 (plus $1.95 shipping) from Fred M. Arnst, 506 Main Ave., La Grande, OR 97850 (phone 541.963.3348 for more information).

 

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 55: July/Aug 2009

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