SERGEANT PRESTON and YUKON KING…

SERGEANT PRESTON: That’s my job. You can trail him, can’t you, King?

YUKON KING barks.

SGT. PRESTON: (fading) Yes, boy, come along.Let’s go!

YUKON KING barks.

ANNOUNCER: Sgt. Preston and King hurried through the town and down to the river where the large ice flows, piled one on top of the other, formed a natural bridge from one side of the Yukon to the other.

YUKONKING panting…

ANNOUNCER: They ran across it. On the far side the Sergeant found the fresh tracks left by the man and girl in the melting snow.

SGT. PRESTON: There they are, King. Moon’s bright, we won’t have any trouble following them.

YUKON KING barks.

ANNOUNCER: The trail led into the low hills west of the river Half an hour later they saw a lamp shining through the window of a small log cabin.

YUKONKING whimpers.

ANNOUNCER: The tracks led directly to the door. The Sergeant did not hesitate.

YUKONKING whimpers.

SGT. PRESTON: Quiet now, boy. I want to take him by surprise.

FX: QUIET FOOTSTEPS ON WOOD

SGT. PRESTON: Now!

FX: DOOR OPENS LOUD

SGT. PRESTON: Throw up your hands!

SERGEANT PRESTON…

Gunshot!

Ricochet!

ANNOUNCER: …The Challenge of the Yukon.

YUKON KINGbarks.

ANNOUNCER: It’s Yukon King, swiftest and strongest lead dog in the Northwest — blazing a trail for Sergeant Preston of the North-West Mounted Police, in his relentless pursuit of lawbreakers!

SGT. PRESTON: On, King! On, you huskies!

ANNOUNCER: Gold! Gold discovered in the Yukon! A stampede to the Klondike in the wild race for riches! Back to the days of the Gold Rush, with Quaker Puffed Wheat and Quaker Puffed Rice bringing you the adventures of Sergeant Preston and his wonder dog, Yukon King, as they meet the challenge of the Yukon!

Sergeant Preston first appeared in CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON over ABC radio in 1947. It was created by Fran Striker, who also created THE LONE RANGER and THE GREEN HORNET. Among others, Paul Sutton played Sgt Preston and went on to star as Preston in the TV series.

Sergeant Preston also appeared in newspaper comics and Dell Comics.In 1956, Rand McNally published the book SERGEANT PRESTON AND REX.

In the radio episode The Wolf Cub, (June 14, 1953) Sergeant Preston finds a husky puppy, who had been raised by a wolf. Preston holds the puppy and promises:I’m going to call you Yukon King. I’ll teach you to respect good men and hate evil ones. You’ll learn to captain a team, and to pull your own weight. I’ll teach you self-control, and how to use your great strength. Youngster, we’re going to be partners. And when you’re grown, you’re going to be the greatest dog in all the Yukon.

SERGEANT PRESTON became a favorite show, followed avidly by millions. And everybody admired Yukon King — just one of many beloved dogs in 20th Century culture.

We loved our heroic dogs!

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