Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Proper working sheepdog!
I'm soooo pleased with Fox. He had his first experiences of proper sheep work yesterday and today, gathering for Thomas Lowther, one of our local farmers. Yesterday he was generally good as he brought in the tups and wethers, but boiled over a little at times and charged in; then realised that he was being an idiot and backed off again. Today he was a star and first gathered a field of over 200 ewes and lambs, drove them down a track and across to the common. The next job was another group of 200+ ewes with twins and triplets, who were out on the fell land and needed bringing in to have their feet done and lambs worming. Fox brought them out from between the longhorn cattle, who were also in the field, and covered any that tried to break away. He turned the lambs with his body without putting a tooth on a single one which was a relief since Tom said that his previous shepherd's dog had a bit of a habit of nipping their leg tendons leaving them lame. Fox is knackered but happy now :o) It's a shame that the only photo I had time to take was this one of him driving the flock ahead of him.