Synopses & Reviews
Guardian dogs help ranchers protect their flock. Like other livestock in the Rocky Mountains, sheep need protection from coyotes, wolves, and other predators. To address this, ranchers have imported guardian dogs from Europe, where the best breeds have sheltered livestock for thousands of years. Ranchers place guardian puppies in fleece so they identify with a sheep's smell. Soon, the dogs meet their first sheep and mingle with the flock. With little training and great instinct, the dogs understand that their job is to watch for danger . . . and to do some occasional baby-sitting. Cat Urbigkit's engaging photo-essay shows how guardian dogs form a bond with the sheep that lasts throughout the dogs' life. This bilingual edition brings an already popular, high-interest title to readers of Spanish and English.
"Urbigkit seamlessly weaves a multitude of information into the story she is telling. . . . Well-told and engagingly photographed, this book is sure to be a hit with all dog lovers."--The Horn Book
"This will not only replace George Ancona's out-of-print Sheep Dog (1985) in libraries, it will rivet young dog lovers in general." --Kirkus Reviews
"Kids will . . . come away impressed by the 'unique closeness' that can develop between two species and will want to return again and again to the heart-tugging images of shaggy puppies nuzzling their charges." --Booklist
"Suitable for reading aloud as well as reading alone. . . . Dogs with jobs remain an alluring topic, and this could partner effectively with titles about rescue dogs and assistance dogs, provide an interesting slant on ranch life and practices, or just offer a good excuse for looking at some cute puppy pictures." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Like other livestock in the Rocky Mountains, sheep need protection from predators, such as coyotes and wolves. Guardian dogs help ranchers protect their flocks. But they are not the typical herding dogs, and they are not native to the region. The breeds were imported from Europe, where they have been guarding livestock for thousands of years. As puppies, they are placed in fleece and learn to identify with the smell of sheep. It isn't long before they meet their first sheep and mingle with the flock. With little training, the dogs instinctively know that their job is to keep a lookout for danger and now and then do some babysitting. Cat Urbigkit's engaging photo-essay shows how guardian dogs form a bond with the sheep that lasts throughout the dogs' life.
About the Author
Cat Urbigkit is the author and photographer of Path of the Pronghorn, a School Library Journal, starred review; Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep, an IRA Notable Children's Book; Cattle Kids: A Year on the Western Range; A Young Shepherd,a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year; and Puppies, Puppies Everywhere!, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. She lives in Wyoming.