Calico Dorsey

Mail Dog of the Mining Camps

Publisher: Tricycle Press

Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night kept this poch from his appointed rounds!

Back in the 1880s, when the Old West boomed with the rush for gold and silver, the miners of Calico, California, needed a mail carrier they could count on.  And they found him in a Border collie named Dorsey.  Based on the true story of the most celebrated canine mail carrier in U.S. history, Calico Dorsey tells the tale of a winsome stray who found both a home and a calling on the mining trails of the Old West.

An Author's Note includes a photograph of the real-life Dorsey, as well as historical information about the dog and the mining town he called home. 


   Al Stacy almost missed the stray huddled on the porch. Wistful brown eyes looked up at him from the shadows. Al sighed. "Come on," he said, opening the door.
   His brother, Everett, was stirring a pot while Everett's daughter, Nellie set the table.
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Review, Booklist, October 15, 2010:
"This title, illustrated in realistic, appealing oil paintings and spare, well-paced prose, conveys a sense of the Old West—not the rush for riches but the open trail and the warm details of daily activity. ...[C]hildren will eagerly follow Dorsey as he travels the trails alone, with mailbags buckled onto his furry back."

Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010:
"Readers should enjoy—and be enlightened by—this delightful sidebar to California history."

Review, Modern Dog, Winter 2010/2011 issue:
"Adam Gustavson's delightful images ensure readers both young and old will enjoy this tale that illustrates the important roles dogs can play in our lives."