"Bonanza" episode
Season 14, Episode 11
Ep.# in Series: 426
Air date December 19, 1972
Guest starring:
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by William F. Claxton
Episode Guide
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The Sound of Sadness
Next Episode:
First Love
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Jamie forms a bond with an Irish setter he names April. However, April was a runt and - according to its rightful owner - should be put to sleep because it is a disgrace to the breed. When April competes in a field trial, the dog's owner soon learns that it's not the size of the dog that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog.


Jamie obtains an Irish setter pup and a special bond forms between dog and man. The dog's owner learns the puppy is at the Ponderosa and arrives to claim he can put it to sleep. (The owner claims it was a runt and an inferior example of the breed). The dog is soon in a trial for its life.

Cast and CharactersEdit


Others Edit

  • Don Knight: Tim Riley
  • William Sylvester: Horace Kingston
  • Ivan Bonar: Minister
  • Don Harris: Mr Turner
  • Carl Pitti: George Spencer
  • John Zaremba: Judge Wilcox






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