Brave and Loyal
New book about livestock guardian dogs by Cat Urbigkit
December 23, 2016
Cat Urbigkit’s newest book "Brave and Loyal" is out and ready just in time for the holidays. The book highlights the use of livestock guardian dogs to protect livestock herds from predators. Cat 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.
The book includes details on raising successful guardian dogs, 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.
This hardback book has 216 pages and over 100 color photos. It is published by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. It is available at Office Outlet and the Cowboy Shop in Pinedale and on Amazon. Suggested retail price is $24.99.
Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning author and photographer who operates a working sheep ranch in Sublette County, Wyoming with her husband and family. She is the author of four adult nonfiction books and seven nonfiction photo essay children’s books. Her background includes being a former reporter and newspaper owner and she is editor and co-owner of The Shepherd magazine, a national sheep and goat industry publication. She has raised and worked with livestock guardian dogs in large carnivore country for decades. She is a frequent contributor to Pinedale Online on wolf and grizzly bear management topics and authors the Wolf Watch column on this website.