Keeping Watch: 30 Sheep, 24 Rabbits, 2 Llamas, 1 Alpaca, and a Shepherdess with a Day Job

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In our fast-paced modern world, quitting one?s job to live off the land is a common if often unrealized dream, but Kathy Sletto and her husband Terry know that one of them will simply have to. They were both raised on farms, they own a picturesque parcel of land, and they love the sheep they are raising on the side, but the work with the animals is taking over their lives. She is the fiber arts specialist, and she jumps at the chance.

Besides, they got into this predicament ...

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Keeping Watch: 30 Sheep, 24 Rabbits, 2 Llamas, 1 Alpaca, and a Shepherdess with a Day Job

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In our fast-paced modern world, quitting one’s job to live off the land is a common if often unrealized dream, but Kathy Sletto and her husband Terry know that one of them will simply have to. They were both raised on farms, they own a picturesque parcel of land, and they love the sheep they are raising on the side, but the work with the animals is taking over their lives. She is the fiber arts specialist, and she jumps at the chance.

Besides, they got into this predicament because of Sletto’s crazy love of animals. An initial purchase of two sheep quickly grows to an entire flock with the addition of llamas, an alpaca, and way too many angora rabbits— each treated more like family than livestock. It’s a fault Sletto recognizes when she can’t bring herself to cull her favorite sheep for the good of the flock, put down a roaming dog, or give up on a lamb born blind. She sees in these animals distinct personalities, respects their quirks, and recounts their adventures in hilarious tales—Tony the lonely, lambloving alpaca, Steve the possum-playing rabbit, Mack Dawg the llama with berserk male syndrome.

When freelance grant writing promises to balance the household books, Sletto must counterpoise new demands with the old, showing how the most modern and most ancient of work can coexist in this American life.

Kathryn A. Sletto is a shepherdess and grants administrator who lives near Alexandria, Minnesota.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780873517706
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

    A wonderful book!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was refreshingly wholesome and original. I would especially recommend it for fiber or animal enthusiasts, but anyone can enjoy this heart warming story. I am looking forward to reading future works by this author.

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