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Lad is a prize-winning collie belonging to author Stephen Tremayne and his wife, Elizabeth. Jealous of the animal's fame, a wealthy neighbor, Glure, offers the use of his estate for the Hampton Dog Show and then sets up special rules to assure victory for his own English-trained collie. Glure's champion fails to complete the trials, however, and Lad wins the gold trophy. A short time later, the collie saves Glure's 8-year-old crippled daughter, Angela, from a poisonous snake. Hilda, the child's nurse, misinterprets Lad's knocking Angela over and starts beating him with her parasol. Shocked by seeing the dog unjustly punished, Angela stops the beating. Lad, bitten by the snake in the fight, slinks off into the woods. Three days later he returns after having buried himself in mud to draw the snake poison from his body. To continue the pedigree, Lady, a prize collie, is brought to the Tremaynes and the dogs are mated. Then one afternoon a vengeful poacher sets fire to the Tremayne barn. Elizabeth is hurt, and one of Lady's puppies, which has been promised to Angela, is killed. Elizabeth eventually recovers, Lad captures the poacher, and Angela is persuaded that the remaining puppy is just as lovable as the one she lost.