Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, How They Guard Sheep

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, How They Guard Sheep by Cat Urbigkit. This delightful book, which happens to be about two of my favorite things in the world, dogs and sheep is also one of the Monarch Children's Choice Book Award nominations for this year. The book tells the tale of these special dogs. Unlike so many other working breed dogs, their job is not to herd or move livestock, but solely to guard. These guardian dogs are known as Great Pyrenees. They are bred to protect livestock from predators such as wolves and bears. The bond between these dogs and their sheep begins from the time they are born. When new puppies are born, sheep wool is used in their bedding area to get them used to the smell of the sheep. I hope as you open the cover of this book you will be as delighted and enlightened as I. This book is a gentle reminder of why I love non-fiction books.

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