Hey! I wasn't complaining yesterday. I really wasn't! In spite of everything, I had a wonderful day with my critters! In addition to spending lots of time with those "G" animals (who's name I promised I would NOT mention in this post), I had a blast with Bella and the ewes...In this picture,we had just walked out into the pasture with the girls. All was peaceful and calm. Bella seemed to be counting, to make sure everyone was there...
Then, she decided that she really didn't like the flock quite so spread out. She was particularly uhhappy with the group that insisted on staying close to ME. Apparently, she decided that things would be better if all the ewes stayed up in the far corner of the pasture. So she set about to PUT them there!
Please bear in mind, this seven month old English Shepherd puppy has had NO formal training. Heck ~ she hasn't even had any informal training! None. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Well, OK...I have taught her to "sit". Shetland sheep have a reputation of being rather difficult to herd. Mine have never been herded and several (does that look like DREAM???) resisted Bella's efforts.
Bellamica moved in closer... Before long, and with no aggressive behavior (on BELLA's part!) most of the girls were gathered in the corner. Now, Bella's job was to hold them... Not everyone cooperated! But Bella was persistent.
Flash Flood and several of the ewe lambs tried to make a break for it, while Bella was busy on the other side of the group... When Bella moved in to push them back with the others, Flash let her know ~ in no uncertain terms! ~ that she was not about to be pushed! I'd think twice about pushing this ewe if she was stomping her foot at me!! Bella was NOT intimidated. She WAS, however, smart enough to stay out of Flash's reach! She just circled back around and pushed Flash and the ewe lambs right back in with the flock, where she wanted them!
WELL DONE, BELLAMICA!!!
DREAM says.... "You call THIS a "SHEEP" post??? I've got an idea...how about the next time you come out to visit, leave the dog IN THE HOUSE!!!"