Kate has a huge work ethic and is always looking for the next job that needs done…luckily there is plenty for her to do, on and off the farm.
She is happiest when she has something for those intense eyes to lock onto.
We have enough grass at the moment that the sheep are being rotated through different pastures. This group includes the two retired girls, Holly and Dolly, and the ewe lambs. I was hoping to only keep 2 ewe lambs this year, but as you can see I wasn’t very successful 🙂
The sheep are eager to move when Kate is in the pasture, unfortunately Magoo the llama isn’t so easy.
This is Kate’s least favorite job, she likes to pretend she can’t see him 😉
Magoo shares her dislike of being herded, but eventually he follows the sheep.
On to the next job…
rounding the chickens up.
She even has my back when I miss count and forget one. Of course it was one of the RIR that was trying to stay out all night. The two we have are very naughty chickens.
Kate’s off the farm job is hazing geese at a local college. We didn’t find any geese for her to chase this day…
but this is a common sight.
The geese are very messy and destructive. Kate uses her intense eye to stalk them, much like their natural predators and they fly off looking for a safer place to hang out.
My son’s dog, Rose, likes to go too but she doesn’t have the same serious approach to her work. She likes to use her happy bounce to scare the geese.
They make quite the pair! Kate tries to ignore Rose just like she does with Magoo 😉
‘You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy’ – Bob Ross
Great pictures as always!
You are such a great story teller!!
I love BC’s. Great dogs. Had a bunch of them on the farm growing up….
Any formal training or is it all your work? I just love the Border Collie work ethic.
Most of it is my work. I sent her away for 30 days of training at about a year old because her intense eye was a little too intense and she wouldn’t ‘gather’ the sheep, she just wanted to ‘push’ them and we needed a little bit of help. She has been an absolute joy to own.
That’s a really great post, Shannon. Great photos too.