"Without the shepherd's dog, the whole of the open mountainous land in Scotland would not be worth a sixpence. It would require more hands to manage a stock of sheep, gather them from the hills, force them into houses and folds, and drive them to markets, than the profits of the whole stock were capable of maintaining."
--James Hogg, 1824, from The Shepherd's Calendar
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Above, two collies by Frederick Taylor, 1858
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We are very pleased to announce that we have acquired three copies of the new book
Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog by Leland Dirks
through the generosity of the author
We will sell each of these books for $15.00 (includes shipping in the USA)
of which $10 will go to New England Border Collie Rescue
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working to find homes for stray, abandoned or unwanted Border Collies in New England.
Here is a review of the book:
I just finished reading Leland Dirks book, Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog and I enjoyed it. Yes, it's probably about love, but it seems to me it is more about compulsion, obsession. Paul, the protagonist, meets a mysterious stranger and spends a week with him. Certainly long enough to fall in love, and more than enough time to develop an infatuation. When Jimmy Mender leaves, Paul begins to write an advice to the lovelorn column under the title "What Would Jimmy Mender Do?". Although he never really hears from Jimmy again, Paul continues writing his column for five years, and during that period he has recurring dreams that he is a Border Collie searching for something or someone. It is an apt analogy for his obsession. And then he receives a package from Alaska containing Jimmy Mender's diary and a letter from a friend of Jimmy's, saying that Jimmy has died and left all of his possessions to Paul, and that if he came to Alaska he could claim them. Thereafter, Paul begins a quest to follow in Jimmy's footsteps and find out who Jimmy Mender really was.
I won't include spoilers. You'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens on the way to Alaska and at the end of Paul's journey. If some of it seems rather unbelievable, it is. I know Leland did his homework but I wonder if Paul did his before embarking on this journey. The mother in me wants to know how someone can go on a trek to Alaska in a convertible with just penny loafers and one sweater to keep him warm.
Below, a shepherd of the Downs and dog, 1840
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