Pastoral Ham

While on the road to Big Willow SDT Ron (Spokane Stockdogs) and Hope happened upon a South American shepherd and his two dogs. Shepherds in the mountain west don’t have a visitor center, but in 2010 there were about 1,500 of them with their flocks. Interestingly, as the economy is starting to stumble back up, some of these imported shepherds are abandoning their flocks to be landscapers and such. What got their attention was not just that it was cool to see this shepherd out in the middle of no where with buckets of sheep and both an Aussie and a Border Collie, but that the Aussie was Simon-esque. He was about 24″ at the shoulder, and had (not my words) a lot of Simon’s personality. Translation: He was a ham. Unlike Simon he doesn’t have his tail. Either it is a hunting dog length dock, or he’s a natural bob tail (NBT).

Checkin' out what his sheep are up to.

Just look how handsome I am.

For referance, the shepherd was almost 6' tall.

Border Collie (L), Aussie (R) For reference, the shepherd was almost 6′ tall.

Range ewes and livestock guardian dog

Range ewes and livestock guardian dog

It's off to work we go...

Hi ho, Hi ho! It’s off to work we go…

More of Mr. Aussie’s Sheep – alllll those dots are sheep.

Ham

Ham…

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