Monday, March 9, 2009

Book Review: Sammy the Boston Lighthouse Dog by Sally R. Snowman

Boston Light on Little Brewster Island is the last lighthouse in the United States still staffed by the Coast Guard. Sammy, a black Labrador, moved to Boston Light in 1997, where he remained the only official Coast Guard lighthouse dog until his death in 2004.

Sammy quickly adjusted to the life of a Coast Guard dog. His duties consisted of keeping watch at the porch door of the keeper’s house, greeting visitors, and exploring the island. A constant companion to Keeper Scott Stanton, Sammy once fell over 50 feet down the spiral stairs of the lighthouse tower. Remarkably, he was not seriously injured.

As the years passed, it became clear that the aging dog would need to retire. Sammy helped train the next Boston Light dog, a black lab puppy named Samantha Anne. When Sammy passed away in October of 2004, Keeper Sally Snowman and her husband buried the loyal dog on Brewster Island.

A loving tribute to Boston Light’s canine protector, the book includes pencil and ink illustrations, a glossary, and study questions and activities related to the story.


  1. Dogs like that are priceless. The author has such an interesting last name.

  2. That sounds like a lovely book!
    I need a dog.....

  3. I've heard of this book, but never read it. Thanks for the reminder :)