Sunset Ridge and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry. A few days later he was severely wounded, but eventually returned home to resume the management of our property. My grandfathers letters home while at war became the catalyst for Sunset Ridge. This novel is ultimately a love story. Love between friends, between men and women, for those war dogs that served on the front and love for our magnificent country at one of the most tumultuous periods in Australias history. What I discovered while researching the novel? A French Red Cross dog named Prusco is credited with saving the lives of over 100 men in one day, including even pulling some back into the safety of the trenches. In Sunset Ridge, Roland the war dog is based on Prusco. I can only marvel at the tenacity of such an animal who traversed barbed wire, shell holes and chemical gases while under fire to rescue the wounded.