In another of my many photos I took from the Scottish Festival, I made sure out of all the activities that I saw going on during the day I went to the Sheep Dog Herding “contest” which really ended up being a demonstration. OK. I had to learn something that day I guess, so at least it had to do with dogs! And poo covered sheep…
Can you guess who out of all these people was giving the demonstration? I might also point out that his socks are not the right height to be worn with a kilt and it bugs the beegeezus out of me!
This sheep looked me right in the eye and said “Lassie, I ain’t bein’ scared o’ no dumb dogs”
Really? I thought you would have been since she had such an intimidating face!!! For those who do not know, this is a Border Collie!
Then I had to end the conversation with the sheep because it ran off. I mean, it slowly walked away since it wasn’t scared at all *cough*
The demonstration began with the herder basically telling us he has various whistle commands for the dog. He has to make sure at all times he commands what he wants the dog to do, because it can be very confusing for them when they actually start working. He explained that at all times the dog will try to keep him at 12 o’clock and she will try to stay at 6 o’clock. However, there are times where she might move somewhere else if she feels there is potential for the sheep to bolt.
See? She is in the far left corner and the sheep are in between her and the herder. She has no problems running them through a quick demo for us. This is her very rudely forcing them through a gate!
They went through several obstacles before he had her put them back in the pen.
I have to tell you, never in my entire life have a seen a working dog while it was actually WORKING. There was something about it that was beautiful and amazing all at the same time. This dog was so SERIOUSLY focused on her task that when the handler intentionally put her in an awkward spot, she had NO PROBLEMS coping with the situation.
This is how serious and intense this dog was working for her owner.
The sheep tried to act like they weren’t scared of her, but they kept doing this:
She just kept at it, and wow it really was a beautiful sight!
I really understood after staring at her why people misunderstand these dogs a lot of the time. I literally think this dog LIVES for the work she was doing that day. It’s something I really think everyone should see once in their lifetime!