A Dog for All Seasons
By Patti Sherlock
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312577926, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
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A love letter to the working dog, this heartwarming memoir about life on a sheep farm captures the joys and heartbreak of loving a petPatti Sherlock’s working relationship with her Border Collie, Duncan, got her through the ups and downs of sixteen years on a sheep farm in Idaho. During that time, Duncan was an unwavering companion through the destruction of Patti’s marriage, her children inevitably leaving home one by one, and eventually, her decision to stop raising sheep. Patti’s life on the farm is a reflection of beginnings and endings, and the cycle of seasons in all of our lives.
Patti Sherlock lives on a farm in Idaho. She walks her dogs in fields that are home to hawks, owls, ravens, coyotes, and a family of golden eagles.
“A moving memoir of a loving relationship with a dog and the trials and tribulations of living on a western sheep farm. All people who love dogs and yearn to return to the land will love this book.”
-Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION and ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
--W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of PEOPLE OF THE THUNDER
"Beautifully written, it is a memoir sure to rivet the attention of those who have had the blessing of a dog woven into the fabric of a human's life."
--Mordecai Siegal, bestselling author of I JUST GOT A PUPPY, WHAT DO I DO? “Patti Sherlock brings you to the peaceable barnyard kingdom she shares with her family and Duncan, a high-energy, weather-forecasting, sheep-herding Border collie. When the going gets tough and her marriage falls apart, it is the indiscriminately kind Duncan who helps Sherlock get beyond the past and find her way to green pastures.”
--Marsha Boulton, author of WALLY’S WORLD
"A DOG FOR ALL SEASONS gives us the convergence of a remarkable woman, a wonderful dog, and a fascinating way of life. It's the literary equivalent of fresh air, pure water, and sparkling sunlight. The book should be savored."
--Tim Sandlin, author of JIMI HENDRIX TURNS EIGHTY and ROWDY IN PARIS