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5 Questions for Janet Vorwald Dohner

Jan Dohner

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

Something to read. A book, a magazine, a newspaper, digital, paper - doesn't matter. The very idea of being stranded somewhere without something to read is terrifying.

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

Murray McMurray Hatchery chicks. 100 years of shipping chicks to farms. I love pouring over the catalog, ordering my choices, and picking up that cardboard box at my local post office.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Family. Dogs. Playing with yarn. Reading on a tropical beach.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

Lilacs or fresh hay in the barn. Either one makes me inhale deeply.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Never stop learning and trust your curiosity.


Janet Vorwald Dohner is the author of Farm Dogs and Livestock Guardians. She has 35 years of experience on her small family farm and has relied on livestock guard dogs and corgis with her sheep, goats, and poultry. She writes for magazines, including MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and she gives presentations on livestock guardians and predator control at various conferences. Dohner is a board member of the Kangal Dog Club of America and a member of several learning communities for working dogs. For more on Janet check out MotherEarthNewsFair.com!