Brave and Loyal

Brave and Loyal

An Illustrated Celebration of Livestock Guardian Dogs

Cat Urbigkit


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The author of Shepherds of Coyote Rocks pays tribute to the brave dogs who help guard livestock around the world—beautifully illustrated with color photos.
In Brave and Loyal, Cat Urbigkit tracks her journeys from a Wyoming sheep ranch to learn about working livestock protection dogs around the globe. Using historic accounts, published research, personal interviews on four continents, and her own experience on western rangelands, she provides the reader an intimate look into the everyday lives of working livestock protection dogs. Brave and Loyal includes details on raising successful guardians, their behaviors, a discussion of breeds and historic use, an assessment of numbers for various predator challenges, the adoption and spread of programs to place guardians on American farms and ranches, problems and benefits associated with guardian dogs, predator ploys, and matching the dog to the predator challenge. Urbigkit’s work provides the best information on working livestock guardian dogs around the globe, accompanied by more than one hundred beautiful color photos.
Praise for Cat Urbigkit’s Shepherds of Coyote Rocks:
“She writes eloquently of the patient nature of a shepherd’s life and makes heroes of her guardian animals.” —Booklist
“In this warm and lively memoir, Urbigkit eloquently documents a season spent with her dogs, burros, and the natural inhabitants of the western Wyoming range while tending a flock of domestic sheep.” —Publishers Weekly