Border Collies & Their Charges, Ireland

On our recent trip to Ireland, we saw sheep everywhere.

3-photo collage of sheep jammed togetherWe saw border collies in two places.

4-photo collage of border collieBut still photos don’t do justice to the interaction between these two subjects . . .


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11 Responses to Border Collies & Their Charges, Ireland

  1. Mara says:

    OMG, Isabel! We have a BorderCollie-AussieShepherd puppy and I haven’t watched anything like this since we got her in January. I now have a reason to go to Ireland! I’m so familiar with those Collie moves 🙂

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Mara – You could also consider Australia, which is the other place we saw these dogs in action. If I had one of these on my tail, I’d be doing my level best to comply with its wishes, too! There’s never a hint of ferocity, but there’s a whole lot of intensity.

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    Herding seems built into their genes. We had neighbours with a border collie; it went down to the school bus stop and herded the children home every day. If the neighbours children weren’t on that bus, it would herd other children home instead.
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – LOL. Excellent. Someone else’s kids delivered to your door! Or did the dog keep track of where everyone lived?

  3. Judith Umbach says:

    The interaction is indeed marvellous to watch!

  4. Tom Watson says:

    My Manitoba daughter and her husband have three border collies on their beef cattle farm. From seeing them at work I’m convinced they are the smartest canine breed there is.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – I would not even consider challenging that assessment. If I understood the farmer correctly, he doesn’t really train the collies: they learn what to do from their parents.

  5. Alison Uhrbach says:

    Our first dog was an Australian Shepherd. Let’s just say, the dog was FAR smarter than our combined intelligence. We always felt that she was running the show.

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