Brave Dogs,Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep (Perros guardianes, Perros valientes)

Brave Dogs,Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep (Perros guardianes, Perros valientes)

by Cat Urbigkit
     
 

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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

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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 and sheep form a bond that lasts throughout the dogs' life. This bilingual edition brings an already popular, high-interest title to readers of Spanish and English.

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"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

Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
This appealing story about guardian dogs that protect sheep will have the reader smiling from start to end. We learn the origin countries of these dogs: Turkey, Hungary, Italy, and Spain. We discover that these dogs are often a mix of breeds, one of which is the Great Pyrenees. Guardian dogs receive very little training for their job of actually protecting their herd from predators. From the time they are born, they are encouraged to bond with their sheep, first by sleeping with their wool then by socializing, and these activities lead to emotional bonding. From then on, the dog's protective instincts guide them in their job. Guardian dogs become very attached to their sheep and can discern them from other herds, much like dogs that grow attached to their humans. The color photos are enchanting in that they show the soft sides of these dogs as they play with lambs and, as pups, cuddle with the adult sheep. A very early step in the movement to become environmentally aware, these dogs were brought to the United States when poisons were discontinued as a method of controlling predators. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590786741
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet 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.

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