Patti 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. A Dog for All Seasons
reflection on beginning and endings and the cycle of seasons in all of our
lives, will be published by St. Martin's Press in April 2010. Available for
pre-order from Amazon
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is an excerpt.
If you've forgotten how to see miracles in everyday moments, this book will
remind you. It's a story about the real world, the world where human beings
live in constant contact with nature, and where animals are more than best
friends–they are Healers that take away paralyzing fear and replace it with
enough bravery to last a lifetime. This is a story that will never leave you.
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
New York Times bestselling authors of People of the Thunder
I love this book. 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
life. More than a daytime TV drama, there is much here about life as it is
really lived and affirmation for those who understand the wonder of dogs.
Bestselling author of I Just Got a Puppy, What Do I Do?
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.
Bestselling author of
Animals in Translation
and Animals Make us Human
From Booklist's summary: Mark's brother goes to Vietnam,
and after Mark hears that dogs are being used to help
protect the soldiers, he makes the uncomfortable decision
to lend Wolfie to the Army.
Now available in paperback and on Kindle.
This wonderful novel tells the little-known heartbreaking
story of the 4,000 dogs that provided protection and
companionship to our soldiers in harm's way. This is a story that
ranks right up there with Where the Red Fern Grows.
In this top-notch novel,
Sherlock weaves together numerous threads of emotion, information
and plot so seamlessly that readers will be surprised by how
much they've learned by the time they finish this deceptively
simple story. Throughout the compelling narrative, youngsters
not only watch Mark mature, but are also provided with a terrifying
window into what is happening — politically, emotionally, and
physically, to the soldiers.
School Library Journal
Taking Back Our Lives manages to look at a dark topic
while at the same time incorporating an emphasis on the
spiritual aspect of life. It recognizes the need for
spirituality in a holistic approach to treatment, an aspect
often avoided or ignored. As a therapist, I particularly
appreciated how Sherlock treated the notion of
forgiveness--patients need to experience a full range of
emotions including anger, rage, sadness and grief. Taking
Back Our Lives is a wonderful tool to assist those
traveling what is often a long and lonely path. This book has
the capacity to make travelers feel that they are not alone on
Terry Riley wants a dog, but his mother says no.
She scarcely has enough money to keep food on the
table, with the mines closed. But when Terry
finds a highly intelligent stray border collie,
his mother agrees to let him keep it on two
conditions. Terry must earn enough money to feed
the dog, Duffy, and he must continue to go to
choir practice. Mom's dream is that Terry receive
the music scholarship that will enable him to
attend college and escape the economic
uncertainty of life in an Idaho mining town.
Soon, Terry's dream–to create a dog act he can
take on the road–conflicts with his mother's. In
a harrowing brush with death, Terry learns what's
right for Duffy, his family, and himself.
“When I was about seven, Grandpa and I watched a
contest where two mighty horses pulled a huge
load. . . I made a promise to myself that day.
Someday I'd drive a team like that and people
would stand up and cheer for me.”
Andy has his heart set on training his neighbor's
Percheron colts for the state fair. But Andy
first must persuade his ill-tempered grandfather
to buy the horses. Then he must find a job to
repay Grandpa. And finally, the two colts need
training. Grandpa's got a special way with
horses, and Andy will need his help, but can he
count on it? Andy faces many obstacles as he
tries to achieve his dream in this triumphant
story about the love that brings together “four
of a kind.”
The sheepherders of the West who graze and tend
their flocks have never inspired the kind of
romance and legend that surround that archetypal
American hero, the cowboy. But to Patti Sherlock,
who has shared their solitude and their rugged
hospitality high in the mountains of Idaho, they
are an unforgettable lot. Crusty, hard-drinking
men, they live in metal-covered wagons and
tepees. Guarding their wooly, bleating charges,
they face constant danger; coyotes, cougars and
bears will savage the flock that is left
unwatched. Structuring her inquisitive and
observant book around the words of the
Twenty-third Psalm, the author reflects on the
sheepherder's unspoken closeness to God, on his
serenity and deep respect for the earth and its
seasons. The rhythms of the sheepherder's life
are splendidly recreated in this warm and
infectious book, illustrated with drawings by
artist Earl Thollander.