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Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men: Searching Through Scotland For A Border Collie Paperback – July 1, 2007

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The dogs are Scottish border collies, bred to herd sheep since the 17th Century; the men are their trainers and handlers. McCaig ( Nop's Trials ) runs sheep on his Virginia ranch with his dog Pip, whose advancing age suggested that the ranch could use another dog. In the spring of 1988 McCaig went to Scotland to find a bitch and attend sheepdog trials. He gives a lively account of his travels in the Highlands, visiting breeders and shepherds, and gathering a wealth of dog lore. McCaig found Gael, a bonny wee bitch who showed great promise. He took her home, to a lukewarm greeting from Pip. McCaig returned to Scotland for the International Trials (the Super Bowl of the sheepdog world) and describes in detail the terrain, sheep, the dogs and their handlers. An engaging story for dog lovers and owners, especially those with working dogs. Photos.
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Billed as a nonfiction sequel to the author's best-selling Nop's Trials ( LJ 4/1/84), this book details McCaig's stay in Scotland to attend sheep dog trials and meet breeders and handlers. The central theme evolves around his search for a trained border collie to bring back to his Virginia home. About three quarters through the book, McCaig finds his dog (Gael)--and then almost never mentions her again. Instead, he lapses into telling of another trip to see more Scottish trials and handlers. McCaig is a good writer, whose plain, friendly style appeals to those who enjoy dog stories, but neglecting to develop his story about Gael in her new home and her success or failure in American trials will limit the book's appeal to those seriously interested in sporting dog events. Casual readers will probably lose interest.
- Carolyn I. Alexander, Technical Information Ctr., Ft. Ord, Cal.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599210592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599210599
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan B. Rayburn on April 24, 2003
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A Border Collie owner, I could hardly wait to read this book, and the author's other books, Nop's Trials and Nop's Hope. A one-time visitor to Scotland who can't wait to go back, I eagerly looked forward to this book. And, I was not in the least bit disappointed on either count! The author's style is easy-going and readable, with a subtle humor throughout. His images are brilliant and I just felt like I was present for each scene that he wrote and a part of the action. Someone who has no interest in the working Border Collie might find the book dull. So also might someone who is not particularly interested in the very different lifestyle of the shepherd of Scotland. But for us who love the working Border Collie and find the life of the Scottish shepherd and his/her dog intriguing, this is an absolutely must-read book, over and over again!
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It probably helps that I own a "bonnie wee bitch" of a border collie myself, but I found this book to be delightful and moving. It's candid and immediate - you're right there rambling through Scotland on the quest yourself. I learned wonderful tidbits about shepherds as well as sheepdogs, and feel as if I might even recognize some of these characters if I passed them on the street - both canine and humanoid. As a result of this book, I've just placed my order for Nops Trials, but more importantly, I have just taken my little border collie to her first herding class and watched in awe as her incredible power and instincts came brilliantly alive. Suddenly, I'm hooked on sheepherding! And as for my dog, she discovered the meaning of life! I don't know if this book will have as profound an impact on all readers, but if you're one of the lucky ones for whom it does - what a rush! It's like finding out that you and your dog really do speak a common language.
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By A Customer on February 2, 2000
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An interesting description of Scotland and many of the handlers and their dogs. It was a bit dull at times, but I got caught up and was anxious for the author to find his special dog. There was not enough about Border collies or on herding techniques/styles. There was alot of information about trialing in Scotland. I would only recommend for a person who is always reading (others won't finish) and you must be a Border collie enthusiast (others won't have a clue what the author is doing).
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When I first read Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men a few years ago, I had a delightful surprise in the middle. There was a grand photo of Viv Billingham and her remarkable dogs, including her hard-working Holly. While on a walking tour of Scotland, prior to reading this book, we had a most memorable demonstration of sheepherding at Viv's Tweed Hope. McCaig's book captures the intensity, devotion, and the "other worldliness" of shepherding and Scottish competitiveness of which we saw only a momentary frament. Unfortunately, I loaned this book to a Border Collie owner, who moved away and never returned the book. My mistake, because this book is a keeper.
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By busyteach on January 20, 2014
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As an older person that has had working border collies, I did enjoy seeing some of the names in my pedigrees. To me the writing was disjointed and although I finished the book, it wasn't one of my favorites.
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I bought this book to read more background information on the traditional life of a border collie, as my border collie has more to do with chasing balls and climbing on agility equipment than herding sheep.

The book tells some amazing stories, about shepherds, about dogs, and about shepherds and dogs. The relationship between shepherd and dog in Scotland seems to range from impersonal and utilitarian at times, to warm and familial at others. Without a doubt, these dogs are there to work, not to be pets or "man's best friend", but at the end of the day, they are still cherished by their owners.

If you already have a border collie, you likely already realize that they are among the most magnificent animals on the planet; if you don't, this book will show you the way.
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As we follow this unique man and talented writer on his hunt through Scotland for his own border collie, the intricacies of the border collie 'culture' take one in. The story is warm and fascinating enough to have lured me to border collie trials. Mr. McCaig happened to act as 'emcee' at my first one. He explained carefully and humorously the steps being taken in the field as the dogs went about gathering in their sheep, and saw to it that even the rawest novice got the picture. "Nops Hope" and "Nops Trials" are two of his fictions and so well worth following up with after this one .
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Okay, bad pun, but I couldn't resist. I have both traveled thru Scotland, shared a lot of my life with 4 border collies or BC mixes, and spent some time with trials, and I very much enjoyed this book. I had read one other book by him (Border Collies and the AKC) and didn't think it very well written, but this book was a much better read, and the story was told quite well. I think people would learn a lot about the true nature of border collies just from reading this book - perhaps reading it ought to be prerequisite for adopting or purchasing one...
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