Saunders' most famous novel Beautiful Joe, tells the true story of dog that has had a difficult puppyhood with many obstacles including a cruel owner. It is told from the dog's point of view. When the book was published, both the book and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies, and by the late 1930s had sold over seven million copies worldwide.
Pet lovers will cherish this "autobiography" of a special dog from Maine named Beautiful Joe. Subjected to horrible, sadistic abuse at the hands of his original owner, Joe is eventually adopted by a caring family. Despite the terror of his early years, Beautiful Joe overcomes his past and develops an affectionate personality.