On our recent trip to Ireland, we saw sheep everywhere.
We saw border collies in two places.
But still photos don’t do justice to the interaction between these two subjects . . .
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 🙂
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.
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 – LOL. Excellent. Someone else’s kids delivered to your door! Or did the dog keep track of where everyone lived?
The interaction is indeed marvellous to watch!
Judith – I never get tired of it, that’s for sure.
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.
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.
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.
Alison – It’s always good to know who’s boss . . .
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