Appreciating Deeply, Photos of Fauna, Through Space, Travel Videos Border Collies & Their Charges, Ireland 03 October 2018 03 October 2018 Mammals, Travel 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 . . . Paid Already for the Confusion Beams of Light 11 Comments Mara 07 October 2018 at 1:58 pm 8 months ago 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 07 October 2018 at 2:04 pm 8 months ago 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. Jim Taylor 07 October 2018 at 3:45 pm 8 months ago 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 07 October 2018 at 3:53 pm 8 months ago Jim – LOL. Excellent. Someone else’s kids delivered to your door! Or did the dog keep track of where everyone lived? Judith Umbach 07 October 2018 at 7:34 pm 8 months ago The interaction is indeed marvellous to watch! Isabel Gibson 07 October 2018 at 11:17 pm 8 months ago Judith – I never get tired of it, that’s for sure. Tom Watson 07 October 2018 at 10:37 pm 8 months ago Isabel 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 Isabel Gibson 07 October 2018 at 11:08 pm 8 months ago 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. Alison Uhrbach 08 October 2018 at 6:01 pm 8 months ago 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. Isabel Gibson 08 October 2018 at 7:50 pm 8 months ago Alison – It’s always good to know who’s boss . . . Pingback: Follow-up: Border Collies – Traditional Iconoclast Comments are closed.