Synopsis: Stumpi de Chelly is a fable about tails features a special type of canine––res dogs––meaning strays that are footloose and fancy free, but also entirely homeless on Indian reservations. Hence, the price each pays for so-called freedom. For those who are not familiar with this term, res dogs, their story is both heroic and tragic: heroic in how they have to survive against all odds and tragic because so many of them live relatively short lives. The summation of their character is pleasing and polite. While the text’s narrative features an array of res dogs, who also do most of the narration, one pooch, in particular, is the centerpiece of the story: Stumpi de Chelly. His last name also hails from the part of the Navajo Reservation where the story takes place, Canyon de Chelly (near, Chinle, Arizona). As a summation, Res Dogs, the text, describes the daily routine of these homeless mutts, including how they must each fend for themselves by bumming, and depending on, food handouts from visiting tourists. Overall, the story is positive, in scope, though tragic circumstances these dogs face (constantly) is also part of their routine. Hence, a story that needs to be told. 

PDF page count (for softcover text): 255 pages