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A Dog for All Seasons

A Memoir

Patti Sherlock

Thomas Dunne Books

A love letter to the working dog, this heartwarming memoir about life on a sheep farm captures the joys and heartbreak of loving a pet

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. Patti’s life on the farm is a reflection of beginnings and endings, and the cycle of seasons in all of our lives.


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Duncan was so eager to work, it was hard to postpone trying him on useful chores, yet I didn’t want to ask too much of him when he was only six months old. But one day when I was carrying an armload of hay, the sheep stampeded me and nearly knocked me over. When I got to the mangers, I dumped the hay and watched it splash like rain onto their wool.

Maybe I could try Charlie Kimball’s suggestion about getting Duncan to keep the flock back. If it proved too much for him or if he created terrible chaos, I would delay a second try for a few more months.

Feeling silly, at

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Praise for A Dog for All Seasons

“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.”
-Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION and ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN

"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."
--W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
, New York Times bestselling authors of PEOPLE OF THE THUNDER

"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 a human's life."
--Mordecai Siegal, bestselling author of I JUST GOT A PUPPY, WHAT DO I DO?
 
“Patti Sherlock brings you to the peaceable barnyard kingdom she shares with her family and Duncan, a high-energy, weather-forecasting, sheep-herding Border collie. When the going gets tough and her marriage falls apart, it is the indiscriminately kind Duncan who helps Sherlock get beyond the past and find her way to green pastures.”
--Marsha Boulton, author of WALLY’S WORLD

"A DOG FOR ALL SEASONS gives us the convergence of a remarkable woman, a wonderful dog, and a fascinating way of life.  It's the literary equivalent of fresh air, pure water, and sparkling sunlight.  The book should be savored."
--Tim Sandlin, author of JIMI HENDRIX TURNS EIGHTY and ROWDY IN PARIS

“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.”
-Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION and ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN

"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."
--W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
, New York Times bestselling authors of PEOPLE OF THE THUNDER

"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 a human's life."
--Mordecai Siegal, bestselling author of I JUST GOT A PUPPY, WHAT DO I DO?
 
“Patti Sherlock brings you to the peaceable barnyard kingdom she shares with her family and Duncan, a high-energy, weather-forecasting, sheep-herding Border collie. When the going gets tough and her marriage falls apart, it is the indiscriminately kind Duncan who helps Sherlock get beyond the past and find her way to green pastures.”
--Marsha Boulton, author of WALLY’S WORLD

"A DOG FOR ALL SEASONS gives us the convergence of a remarkable woman, a wonderful dog, and a fascinating way of life.  It's the literary equivalent of fresh air, pure water, and sparkling sunlight.  The book should be savored."
--Tim Sandlin, author of JIMI HENDRIX TURNS EIGHTY and ROWDY IN PARIS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Patti Sherlock

  • Patti Sherlock lives on a farm in Idaho. She walks her dogs in fields that are home to hawks, owls, ravens, coyotes, and a family of golden eagles.
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A Dog for All Seasons

A Memoir

Patti Sherlock

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Thomas Dunne Books

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