Monday, July 18, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Donald McCaig
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Donald McCaig draws on twenty-five years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his―and his dogs June and Luke’s―unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales.

McCaig engagingly chronicles the often grueling experience ―through rain, snow, ice storms, and brain-numbing heat―of preparing and trialing Mrs. Dog, June, "a foxy lady in a slinky black-and-white peignoir," and Mr. Dog, Luke, "a plain worker―no flash to him." Along the way, he relays sage advice from his decades spent talking with America’s most renowned dog experts, from police-dog trainers to positive-training gurus. toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales.

... Mr. and Mrs. Dog delivers far more than straightforward dog-training tips. Revealing an abiding love and respect for his dogs, McCaig unveils the life experiences that set him on the long road to the Welsh trial fields ... In his narration of one man’s love for his dogs, McCaig offers a powerful portrayal of the connection between humans and their animal companions.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

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