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Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep? (co-authored by Denise Wall and Carol Lea Benjamin), tells the story in alternating chapters of two Stilhope dogs: May, who remains on the farm to learn stock work with Denise, and Sky, who travels to New York City to become a service dog for Carol. Here's what the critics have to say:

Two littermates, two contrasting jobs in two starkly different environments make for a spirited and educational read accented with razor-sharp analysis and colorful anecdotes. . . . The authors establish a comfort zone for the reader, smoothly segueing from a trip to a city gym to a sheep-herding trek in the field in their alternating chronological chapters featuring Benjamin’s illustrations and Wall’s photos. . . . Their insight and expertise on the border collies’ psychological growth provides the reader a solid grasp for understanding its incredible versatility and strong work ethic. . . . The authors’ sharply-focused portrait of the border collies’ diverse role in their lives blends a breezy, unassuming charm with compassionate realism into an upbeat read of doggy dynamics. (Ranny Green, Seattle Times pet columnist)

Lassie Come Home, Adam’s Task, The Plague Dogs, White Fang, Winterdance: classic dog books inhabit a mysterious, magical space where two unalike species love and comprehend one another. Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep? is such a classic. . . . Carol Benjamin and Denise Wall have written a beautiful, fascinating book; a book that does full honor to our dogs. (Donald McCaig, author of Nop's Trials, Nop's Hope, Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men, and The Dog Wars)

You can buy Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep? (in either a full-color or affordable black-and-white edition) from,, or directly from Outrun Press.