The Dog Who Came to Stay - Hal Borland

The Dog Who Came to Stay

By Hal Borland

  • Release Date: 2011-11-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 158 Ratings


The national bestselling memoir of a friendship between a New England outdoorsman and the scrawny foxhound who came to his door one snowy day.

In the midst of a blizzard, late one Christmas night in the 1950s, author Hal Borland heard a howl at the back door of his home on a hundred-acre farm in the Housatonic Valley of northwest Connecticut. Resistant at first, he called around trying to find an owner whose dog had gone missing—with no luck. Finally, with the encouragement of his wife and haunted by memories of his childhood collie, Borland brought some scraps of leftover steak outside. This was his introduction to Pat, a miserable, half-starved, but deeply trusting black-and-white foxhound mutt.
Pat would soon become a member of the family, accompanying Borland on hunts and terrorizing the local woodchuck population—and teaching him that sometimes our most immediate connection to the natural world is through the animals we live with. A longtime journalist and a winner of the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing, Borland tells the tale of the time he shared with Pat in this touching true story that “will appeal to many sportsmen and to all people who have ever been closely attached to a dog” (The New York Times Book Review).


  • The Dog who came to Stay

    By Dusie Belle
    A very enjoyable read!
  • Pleasant, entertaining read

    By <3SoCali
    The author has an ease with which he writes about his beloved dog, Pat. His descriptions bring you into the setting, and flow from one to the next. Absolutely enjoyable, a treat for anyone who has had a special animal companion in their life.
  • Dogs with notions!

    By Rozebramay
    If you enjoy fine writing and tales about the dog/human interface, this is a good choice! I chose the words 'interface' specifically because we can not know our canines but from a human perspective. Their reporting on their relationship might be very different indeed! But as an adopter of a 4 yr old abused dog, I found it interesting to read about a mature dog who chose his humans, and how the humans sought to know and develop and relationship with him. This is a wonderful story of a century past, as well, with a flow of daily life not to be found these days.
  • The dog who came to stay

    By Lj Kraft
    Greet read,I've had four dogs,they all had something special and I loved them. Pat brought back so many great memories. Thanks