This little guy was getting his first exposure to sheep on a very hot day. Being an Australian Cattle Dog, he quickly discovered the easiest way to cool off is to hop in the water tub. What you can’t see is the Border Collie, who’s driving the sheep toward him. (Though I’m pretty sure this confident little fella just thought he was a blue sheep magnet.) For a moment there he wasn’t sure which was more important; the water tub or the sheep! He waited until the sheep settled down a bit, then hopped out of the tub and went back to investigating the sheep. Atta boy!
It’s so exciting to watch a herding dog get their first taste of livestock. (And for some dogs, that “taste” is literal!) Even more exciting is helping your dog hone their herding skills. It’s not for the faint of heart and it can be a long and challenging journey, but it’s so rewarding. And addicting! I hope I get to see even more of this young pup in the future!
We’ve been snow-in so much, even the dogs have cabin fever. The snow depth is well over my two dog’s heads, which means we’re limited to playing ball and Frisbee in the driveway. Every now and then when my throwing accuracy goes wonky they have to leap/swim through the snow to fetch the object. They think it’s fun the first few times that happens, but after while the red dog will just stand there and look at me as if to say, “Excuse me! You threw it …. YOU go get it!”
Generally, my dogs are a lot like me in that they prefer to be outside as much as possible. They can take the cold and the snow, but they can’t stand the spacial restrictions … they want …. no, they NEED to move around and DO stuff! I just happened to catch the red dog up on the bench, staring wistfully out the side window. Even though I’m quite certain he was pretty content right where he was, he looks like he’s thinking he’d rather be out there.
Jan 27, 2011 10:20 AM EST.
Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 125, 21mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.6
Lens: Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Lightroom3: Brightness/contrast adjustment