Donald McCaig, sheepdog trainer and writer, is the author of Nop's Trials, Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men (both about working border collies), Jacob's Ladder (a Civil War novel), and An American Homeplace (Virginia). He lives on a farm outside Williamsville, Virginia with sheepdogs Slick, Luke, June, Zip, Silk and sheep guard dogs Ruth and Boo.
"McCaig's tales of working dogs are luminous and touching. If you ever loved a dog, you will love this book." - Carol Lea Benjamin "Written by the Mark Twain of dog writers, A Useful Dog is an evocative collection of deftly written stories that will capture the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. Few writers can match McCaig's ability to speak to the bond between people and dogs with such quiet and unassuming grace." - Patricia B. McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash and For the Love of a Dog"