Originally Posted by lefty
That's a very Vicki Hearne thing to say. Hearne's books forced me to look at dogs in a new way. Philosophical anthropomorphizing, but compelling as hell. Loved Bandit: Dosier of a Dangerous Dog
I may have exaggerated by calling Vicki Hearne a "friend," but I did have several lengthy phone conversations with her. She got in touch with me after I gave Bandit
a favorable review in Handguns
magazine, which I then edited. She struck me as one of those strange people who teeter on the borderline between genius and nuttiness. Interestingly, I only recently learned that my brother-in-law had known her back when she contributed occasional pieces to the L.A. Times, for which he works. He couldn't stand her: "She thought she could write," was his comment. I think he tends to have real problems with people more intelligent and talented than himself.
Jan, if you haven't read it you might like McCaig's Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men
about his search through Scotland for a Border Collie.
Need to dash, but I'll respond to your question later.
If we ever have a major earthquake in Long Beach, Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men
will, along with the works of Vicki Hearne be among the first to fall on me if I'm lying in bed. As I recall, McCaig's book was a gift from my mother a few years before she checked out. Most of the urban Border Collies I encounter seem to have kept all the hyper-ness but lost the sagacity and work function. Sad.