Pics of the day: The morning run

A random selection of sheepdogs, out and about

Border collie and kelpie dogs in the sunshine
Odo and William may be different breeds, but they have the same interests: "Is it me, or do those sheep need tidying up?"

If a fox were to carry a Frisbee, then it would look like this. I say "if", but we're pretty sure that foxes do carry the dog toys out of the field sometimes. We've found long-lost soft toys a couple of fields away - and extremely pungent!

Tricolour border collies playing with  a Frisbee (dog disc)
Bronwen's tail tells a tale of mud...

I agree that a Beardie owner needs a sense of humour (something I was told when we first had Lottie) but one sense a Beardie owner doesn't need is acute hearing. Make no mistake, Lottie is a hairy joy to have around, but does she have to keep up a running commentary?

Bearded collie with a Border collie puppy
"Ouch, Lottie, your beard tickles!"

And finally, one of my favourite photos of all time. Not recent (frighteningly 2012) but we still have the same ethos - all our sheepdogs are pets first, working dogs second, and this picture shows why we love to have so many of these wonderful animals around us.

Black and white and red and white border collie dogs playing with a ball
"My ball I think, ladies!"

Style is as style does. Pip and Meg can't believe they missed that ball, but they do look magnificent!


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Pic of the day: Post “Storm Imogen”

After five days in Storm Imogen's clutches...

...the dogs are enjoying some watery sunshine, and Tucker's looking stylish.

We’ve had a wet and windy few days, in common with most of the UK of course. Although we still made sure that the dogs had their usual exercise sessions, it always seems unfair to bring the dogs out simply to get them soaked before we put them away again.

Naturally, most of the dogs hardly seem to notice the inclement weather or the mud they take back to bed with them.

In this instance, Kay and Tucker are the exceptions. While the others run out and play, Kay's quite happy to stay in the yard, sheltering under an overhanging roof, and can often be found pressing herself against her pen door in a less than subtle hint.

Border collie with Kelpie puppy
One dog's perch is another (smaller) dog's shelter!

Tucker, too, is a fair weather dog. He's living in the back porch with the puppies (Jazz, now Daz, and Dell aka Mist) and is very reluctant to leave the porch for even the shortest time when it's raining outside. However, with the help of his two small and adoring sidekicks, he can create havoc from the comfort of his bed.

I don't know the rationale behind storm naming but, as I understand it, "Imogen" variously means innocent, smallest and/or last born. The first is unsuitable for a storm, and the other two you can only use with hindsight.

However, in 2011 I named a puppy, Imogen. She was not only the last born in the litter, she was also the smallest (and the only female) so I felt justified. Any mention of the name Imogen now reminds me of our "Immie", who became a lovely sheepdog and had quite as much character as you'd expect when you look at that face.

Tricolour Border collie with wall eye (one blue and one brown eye)
As the only girl, and the smallest pup, in a litter of seven, Immie quickly developed a robust sense of fun

We were forced to overlook the "innocent". Well, you can't have everything and, as Shakespeare asked,"What's in a name?"


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