Another August day in Cumbria, another soggy show field. It didn't stop plenty of folk turning out for the Cartmel Show however, and among the livestock exhibited were my Todhill Robina and Sheilhope Gruna. Rosy and Ruby also came along for the ride and to educate people on the ways of the Shetland Sheep in the fibre animals tent along with alpaca and fluffy bunnies!
I was really pleased that my family turned out to see us, so thanks to Mam, Dad, my sister Kate and Granny for coming; it meant a lot :o)
There is no Shetland class at Cartmel Show (yet) but in order to support their native breeds class and encourage them to keep it going, I decided to enter. Very glad that I did too as Robina won her class and went on to take the Best Native Breed Sheep, so we got two rosettes and a nice tankard!
Meanwhile back in the dry of the marquee, Rosie and Ruby had been gathering plenty of fans... and an enemy! Shetlands are of course rather good at sticking up for themselves and, every time a dog came near they stamped and threatened. While I was talking at the other end of the tent I noticed a couple allowing their dog to get rather close despite Rosy's obvious annoyance. I decided that enough was enough and went to politely ask them to remove their hound, but before I could get there the people allowed the dog to stick its head through the bars. BANG, YELP! Rosy got it good and proper! Instead of apologising, the people started making a fuss and complaining about my dangerous sheep hurting their dog. They got short shrift from me ;o)