As Patti Sherlock explains in a note at the beginning of her book, our lives have seasons of their own, seasons that do not necessarily coincide with the seasons of nature. This memoir is the story of the seasons of Patti's life --- as a wife, mother, rancher and writer --- that she shared with a delightful and devoted companion, a Border Collie named Duncan, for 16 years.
Life on a sheep ranch is challenging. Raising animals for wool, breeding and meat is very hard work, particularly at lambing time. Making a living off the land is no easy task. Dealing with