- 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: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men: Searching Through Scotland For A Border Collie Paperback – July 1, 2007
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Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men is the story of Donald McCaig's search through rural Scotland for just the right sheepdog to bring back to his farm in West Virginia. McCaig delves into the mysterious pact between dog and man, which involves trust and deep communication. Traveling the countryside to competitions and farms, meeting shepherds and trainers, McCaig introduces us to unforgettable animal and human characters. A must for dog lovers and anyone interested in the relationship between animals and humans.
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This book focuses on working dogs and the life that goes on around them.
I think I will read some of his other genre books.
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.
The "right" dog isn't necessarily the ultimate "best" dog. The "right" dog is about chemistry, the needs of both parties, and the mutual satisfaction of those needs. "Relationship" is too pat. "Synergy," while apt, misses the art and mystery. Journey, companion, respect, dependence and regrets: those are good words for the "right" dog.
Plus, it's a good read. I've read "Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men" twice in print and once on CD. McCaig is often lyrical. I'll happily read anything that has the power of song on a flat page of text.