Check it Out: Lion or Lamb

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A lion or a lamb – how will March make room for April? The forecast shows a gentle departure, so perhaps more woolly than furry this year. 

A tribute to sheep seems appropriate for today’s column. For those who have always wanted to have pet sheep, The Backyard Sheep: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep offers advice and guidance for caretakers of Little Bo-Peep’s crew. If you don’t want to count sheep in your backyard, but counting sheep in your head isn’t curing your insomnia, check out Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications. Get ready to go baaa-ck to sleep. 

I enjoy wearing wool scarves during the winter months, but I know next to nothing about the wool industry. Raw Material: Working Wool in the West tells one knitter’s search for local yarn, her side job as a sheep shearer, and her inside view into the textile industry. Related to the production of wool but from the perspective of a shepherd, The Shepherd’s View: Modern Photographs from an Ancient Landscape offers full color photographs of the English Lake District including sheep competitions, sheep dogs at work, and a shepherd’s view of a way of life very different from the hustle and bustle of modern times. 

Finally, when I think of sheep – all farm animals, really – I think of James Herriot. His All Creatures Great and Small is a classic memoir of Herriot’s adventures as a veterinary surgeon in England. Add The Wonderful World of James Herriot to your sheep-ish reading list. 

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans – James Herriot 

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