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A dog for all seasons : a memoir
Patti Sherlock
Adult Nonfiction SF429.B64 S54 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sherlock, a writer and former sheep farmer, chronicles life with her clever and emotionally-intuitive Border Collie, Duncan, who herded her sheep for 16 years, supported her as she attended to grueling farm work and comforted her as her children left home and her marriage unraveled. We see Duncan as a puppy, so eager to please that he fakes peeing to get the praise he craves, to a preternaturally bright companion and working dog. Clearly the proud parent, Sherlock shares endearing moments that show Duncan's playful and tender sides-his quivering with excitement over the lawn sprinkler and snapping at the stream of water; his fear of thunderstorms and ability to detect them from miles away; his sulks at seeing a suitcase. Tender, wise, and deeply affecting, Sherlock's vignettes will make readers smile and sigh and wish for their own Duncan. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Following such popular canine memoirs as Ted Kerasote's Merle's Door, Sherlock's attempt falls flat. Divorced and raising twin boys on a small Idaho farm, the author marries husband number two after a brief courtship, but they have marital problems, which worsen over time. Their decision to raise pedigreed sheep requires border collies to assist with managing the flock. Sherlock develops a special bond with one dog, Duncan, who is her support system and companion through the upheavals in her life for the next 16 years. Verdict The writing is detached and almost devoid of feeling and emotion, and there is little opportunity to connect with the characters, including Sherlock. Duncan is the only consistent thread in this disjointed memoir. Not recommended.-EMS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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