Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep

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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.

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Cat Urbigkit is a reporter and rancher living in Wyoming with her husband, Jim, and their son, Cass. They live on a ranch with a flock of sheep and their guardian dogs. This is Cat's first children's book.

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K-Gr-3-In this attractive bilingual book, Urbigkit takes readers into the world of sheep and the dogs that so valiantly protect them. Surprisingly, they are not specially trained, but are raised among the sheep as one of their own. At birth, the puppiesÖ beds are made with fleece so they get used to the smell of sheep. A few weeks later they go out to meet their flock, and in a process called socialization they become protective of the animals they must defend. With her appealing photography and easy, though somewhat abrupt, narrative, this book is a solid source for readers and report writers. The Spanish translation is good, although there are a few words missing that would make sentences more cohesive, such as £tales como su gran....¥ Also, the use of £mansos¥ (literal translation of gentle) coupled with £valientes,¥ instead of £guardians,¥ is a better description of these animals: courageous, yet affectionate and obedient.–Narda McCarthy, Para los NiñosÖ Consultant, Weston, FL
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