August 24, 2012

Working Holiday

I had the best time ever in Cumbria this week 😀

Every day, the boss on the farm where I was born let me work some of his sheep 😀

He had to talk to Mum a lot and show her how to move in a way which helped me get it right. (She got it wrong lots of times, sending me one way, when I could clearly see that I needed to go the other!)

I wanted to run back and forth around the sheep very fast, but I had to stop at the other side from Mum and wait until she asked me to walk slowly towards them. I was supposed to keep my distance from the sheep, but that was difficult at times and I couldn’t help creeping up a bit closer. I felt a very strong desire to  keep the sheep together and to take them right up to Mum.  Sometimes we had to change direction (or Mum would have ended up on the fence!) That was a bit tricky, but I did try very hard 🙂

It was also very tricky when one sheep split off from the others. When that happened, I dashed off to bring it back, but in the meantime the rest of them would run off!

My Great Grandad, Laddie, came out to help me at one point – Mum thought that was really special 🙂

I knew when I was getting it right, when Mum relaxed and Derek said, “That’s what you want. Good!”

It was so good working as a team with Mum. Dad took the pictures.

We had lots of time to play too.

Here are a few photographs from my working holiday 😀




  1. What a lovely post and beautiful photos 😀 Great team work Amos & Co!

    Comment by The Barkshire Post — August 24, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    • Thank you 😀 I must admit we’re still on a bit of a high!
      I now have to find some suitable sheep to consolidate what we’ve done so far, and ducks are ideal for practice, apparently (they’ll not be pleased to know!)

      Comment by waltersdaughter — August 24, 2012 @ 11:26 am

  2. You do seem to know what you are doing Amos. Did Mum learn to whistle her commands? Look forward to hearing all about it next week.

    Comment by french knitter — August 24, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    • 😀

      Mum hasn’t learned to whistle yet. She did a lot of shouting though 😉

      I’m sure she’ll be full of it when you see her next week 🙂

      Comment by amosthebordercollie — August 24, 2012 @ 11:34 am

  3. Well done to both of you during your working holiday. Will send your link to your antipedean cousins in west Queensland to show them how it’s done.:-)

    Comment by Malcolm — August 25, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    • Thank you, Malcolm. 🙂 I think they have VERY big flocks over there, don’t they? Amos has managed five sheep so far!

      Comment by waltersdaughter — August 25, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    • Thank you 😀
      It was great fun, but hard work getting Mum to go where I wanted her!

      Comment by amosthebordercollie — August 25, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

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