Sheep by Valerie Hobbs

urlIt was a good weekend for reading. I fired up the stove and settled in Saturday to read Sheep by Valerie Hobbs. For all you dog lovers out there, this is a great short novel about a very intelligent border collie who is trying to do what’s he’s good at, which is herd sheep. As a young pup, Jack is so proud and excited to be a sheepherder, but his life is turned upside down when the ranch burns. He goes through many owners, has many adventures, and is always seeking a place where he has “the deep down good feeling that you were making a difference.” He doesn’t want to be a “fetch the slippers” kind of dog; he wants to do what he believes in, what he was meant to do. The story is told from the dog’s point of view, and you really feel like you understand the way a dog thinks. With courage and determination, he searches for a life of meaning. For a short time, he’s called Blackie. To the Goat Man, he’s Shep. To Hollerin, he’s Spot. He’d like to forget that he was called Sparky, which is the name Billy the circus man calls him when he reaches for the whip. Find out how this clever and hopeful dog finally finds the name “Jack”, a home, and a purpose in life. If you liked Lassie Come-Home and Black Beauty, this is an adventurous animal story in that same vein.

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5 Comments on “Sheep by Valerie Hobbs”

  1. Caroline Says:

    I think it was a good weekend for snoozing because when I looked over you were semi-comatose.

  2. Kim Says:

    Sounds like a really good book. I think I want to read it!


  3. shania Says:

    i want to read it.

  4. caitlin Says:

    I have it and I want to read it now. I know of two other books that sound like that,Angus and Sadie, and A Dog on His Own.

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