The Girls are growing fast

They have different personalities, but Maddie and Mew are in full agreement when it comes to sheep

Tricolour Border collie puppy standing in the sunshine
I know I look cute, but I'm actually in mid-bark

The Girls have attained the great age of five months and the honeymoon's over, so far as playing in the field is concerned.

When the dogs move out into the field the sheep (generally) retreat to a far corner, where they can watch the proceedings without attracting undue attention. Until now.

The sheep still head for their corner, but Mew and Maddie know exactly where they are, and undue attention is precisely what they have in mind.

Luckily, both puppies will come back when we call them. It isn't a problem if we're vigilant, but we're only fallible humans, and Mew and Maddie are experts at recognising and exploiting an opportunity.

Chihuahuas love to run free as much as any other breed
"Confidence is essential in a sheep dog" - now where have I heard that?

Of course, when this happens there's no point in getting cross (it's our fault, after all). We have to welcome the girls back and let them know how pleased we are, while making a mental note to pay more attention in future.

In everyone's defence, however, I don't think that we, or they, are entirely to blame.

If a Chihuahua shouts: "Last one to the sheep's a pussy cat!" it's a matter of collie honour to take him up on it!


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Puppy Mew at sixteen weeks

Four months old and full of life, Mew's a real character

Close up of Kelpie Molly, facing the camera, with border collie puppies Maddie and Mew close behind her
Young Kelpie Molly's another of our favourites. Here she has a very serious-looking young Maddie, and her friend Mew in close attendance, with Isla in the background.

Some very welcome sunshine this morning prompted me to take the camera out with me when I took the dogs for their twice-daily run. I noticed that Mew's still eager to get into whatever picture I'm taking, while her close friend Maddie (from Kay and Oliver) is more camera-shy.

Mew and Maddie's characters are very different. Maddie's very serious and already taking an interest in sheep, while Mew seems to think that life's just a huge game! That doesn't stop them being great friends though, especially when there's a ball nearby!


  • 10 HOURS of Sheepdog Training on 6 DVDs

    Cover pictures of volumes one, two and three of our sheep and cattle dog training dvds

    We offer excellent online sheepdog training tutorials but if you prefer to watch video on DVD, we've put no less than FORTY NINE chapters of training on THREE VOLUMES (each volume on 2xDVD set). That's no less than TEN HOURS of clear, practical, herding dog training instruction!

    Buy each volume individually, or save money by buying two or more 2xDVD volumes at once. More info.


    © Images, video, articles and text on this website are protected by copyright laws and must not be reproduced without the owner's written permission.