Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ranger - The Sheep Dog

Surprisingly enough, it was my husband who suggested I post the following story. Why is it surprising? Because in the past he had very little respect (actually, make that no respect) for Ranger. He thought Ranger was just a shameless mooch with very little purpose in life....unlike his older brother, Scout, who is a mouser extrordinaire (and extremely intelligent).

So here is the story:

Yesterday I let all of the girl sheep out of their pen for a stroll around the property - good exercise for them and good weedeating for my yard. Everyone was having a great time...even the lambs, who enjoyed bouncing around and tasting the grass/weeds too. When it was time to go back to the pen I called "Come sheep, sheep" and they all followed me back to the pen. As I watched them enter the pen I realized "hey, I'm missing two black lambs!" I turned around and saw Ranger about 10 feet up the path from me. When he heard me say "I'm missing two lambs," he turned and ran around the house - returning quickly with the two lambs in front of him! He herded them all of the way back and into the pen. I was absolutely flabbergasted...he knew what I needed and went into action. What a dog!!


Stasia said...

I TOLD you he was under-appreciated!!! He was just waiting for YOU guys to recognize his special talents! :D

Stasia said...

P.S. Reminds me of the time I said, "Where's my plastic measuring cup?" to Jeff, and Emma ran out of the room, and returned from the living room carrying it. (!)

Apparently Molly had taken it off the counter earlier.

Sometimes I think it's we who just don't understand *their* forms of communication!

cowgirljlynn said...

I think that animals are amazing!

Anonymous said...

I can see the sheep quaking in their fleeces with such a sheepdog.
Thanks for visting my blog and not taking offense to my comment :-)

Aim said...

And it looks like he got his just reward too! Hilarious, that bone is bigger than he is!!!

Fun story, I love it =)