Oh my gosh, Ally herded sheep!
October 11, 2006
This was such a great moment! Ally, our troublemaker dog extraordinaire, probably considered this the best day of her life.
We were driving around my uncle’s farm, and parked several hundred yards from this herd of sheep. Ally, who had never seen a sheep in her life, bolted out of the car like a bullet. We had no idea what she was going to do when she reached the sheep. Ally! Come back! Come here! Bad girl! She totally ignored us and sprinted toward the sheep. Mike and I ran after her, not sure what to expect.
Then I held my breath as she got to the herd. Immediately she ran circles around them. She was herding them! She even retrieved one sheep that got separated from the herd. I was shocked. How is it possible that this dog, who has no experience at all with sheep, knew exactly what she was supposed to do with them. It was like a light bulb went off in her head, and she discovered her true reason for being. Fascinating stuff.
Of course the sheep weren’t too thrilled with Ally’s discovery. Mike caught up with her and dragged her away. Poor dog.