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(YouTube)   Competitive sheep herding is oddly soothing and the most British sport ever. Watch a real professional border collie in action   ( divider line
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2019-03-12 04:13:11 AM  
"You get upset, your dog gets upset, and the sheep get upset."

words to live by.
2019-03-12 08:07:56 AM  
I want to see a sheep herding dogs.
2019-03-12 08:12:04 AM  

turbocucumber: I want to see a sheep herding dogs.

Is this about Jersey Shore?
2019-03-12 08:16:07 AM  
I miss One Man and His Dog
2019-03-12 08:21:09 AM  
That'll do, pig
2019-03-12 08:41:52 AM  

XPat: I miss One Man and His Dog

It's shown as part of Countryfile these days. Just a single episode each year, though, I think.
2019-03-12 09:11:08 AM  
I was in New Zealand a few years ago and watched a rancher with three dogs move 100 sheep over a hill and through three gates into a pen in the lower field. It was amazing to watch.
2019-03-12 09:11:36 AM  
Good boy.
2019-03-12 09:23:02 AM  
My idiot brother and his wife adopted a border collie to "watch" their kids.  That poor dog went insane from lack of something to do.  They would come home from work and their house would be tore up.  "Bad dog"  The dog would nip at the kids heels.  "Bad dog"  I finally got pissed and explained that they were making the dog bad by ignoring the dogs basic needs.  This dog was bred for a purpose, to work.  If it can't work, it goes crazy.

I finally convinced them to give the poor dog to a Border Collie rescue and it ended up on a farm with lots of ducks and geese.  Every morning it would herd the flocks out of the barn and every night it would herd them back in.  So funny to watch.  The people wanted to let the dog sleep inside, but it chose to sleep in the barn.  That dog was so happy!

Don't get a working dog if you are at work all day and you are not willing to spend a lot of time with it when you are home.  If you are a couch potato, get a lap dog.
2019-03-12 10:26:53 AM  

crzybtch: If you are a couch potato, get a lap dog.

Or a rescue greyhound.
2019-03-12 11:27:39 AM  
"Oddly soothing" subby?

My adrenaline is raging and I'm ready to car jack someone now
2019-03-12 12:15:16 PM  

wildcardjack: That'll do, pig

Came for this. leaving happy
2019-03-12 01:01:47 PM  

Target Builder: crzybtch: If you are a couch potato, get a lap dog.

Or a rescue greyhound.

So true.  My friends is on her 3rd rescue greyhound.  She calls her dogs Rug 1, Rug 2 and Rug 3.
They do love to run in a field, but at home, strictly floor decorations.
2019-03-12 02:07:02 PM  
css:  A woman was walking the same river path as I was... both of us with our unleased dogs.    Immediately her border collie comes running at me and my dog.  Then I hear the woman yell 'Drop!' and her dog hit the deck whilst looking very crabby at not getting to herd us around on  'his' path.
2019-03-12 04:33:05 PM  
Bah, Ram Ewe...

That'll do.
2019-03-12 05:34:31 PM  
I don't know man...I once saw a truck loaded with wicker baskets labelled Racing Pigeons driving down the A43 near Towcester. I thought that was pretty English.
2019-03-12 08:50:05 PM  
The best sheepdog trial competition is here in Kentucky. A state that doesn't raise that many sheep. Weird. It is a fantastic way to spend a day. The dogs are unbelievable. Their energy, skill, responsiveness, and endurance. The shepherds are -- for want of a better term -- a breed apart. Their patience in training their dogs would shame Job.

I can't praise too much sheepdog trials as a spectator sport. We've been going for years. It's funny, in a way, the numbers of spectators and participants remain fixed. Funny because it's so intense and so relaxing you'd think it would attract lovers of irony, and as Fark has demonstrated, there's no irony shortage in Kentucky. On the grounds for the spectators, there's room for a couple hundred folding chairs and a couple of four row, metal bleachers. There are tents where Border Collie paraphernalia is sold. Sometimes, you can find a breeder selling pups.  But there are large pens of sheep and row after row of the out-of-state trailers for the participants. It's like a county fair that has 1 exhibit.

And Border Collies are the dog breed of heaven. They are such damn lovely animals. Smart, sure, but what you never hear about is their friggin' sweetness. When they aren't arranging things in your life for the better, they climb up into your arms like a baby.
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