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#41 Journey

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 02:53 PM

Maja, I just have to say I admire and respect your keeping Bonnie regardless, kudo's to you!
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Posted 09 June 2017 - 12:52 AM

Thank you, Karen, but no kudos are due, since there was no choice for me there to make really, the question just never even came up in our case (no reflection on other people's choices: were Bonnie different, the question might have come up).


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:27 AM

Hitchcock move over.  Now it is Bonnie who is the master of suspense, albeit of a different type..

 

The flock stupidly managed to get itself into two separate fields and stayed in the place where they were only separated by a fence, but with no simple way to put them together again.  So I had to peel off the one half of the flock, move them away from the others by about 150 m, turn left, then left again, and then straight up back to the other half-flock. 

 

The plan was: I walk with Bonnie up to the flock and with me close to her, I can direct her somewhat. So I give her the hand signal to stay with me. She misinterprets it.

 

She takes off like shot on an outrun. I just stand where I was. She peels the one half of the sheep off the fence.  Prevents a ewe from committing suicide-by-fence to go the other flock.  Brings everybody skudde-fashion at a dead run towards  me. I just stand there.

 

They run past me at a gallop to where their shed is ahead.  Bonnie hesitates for a second, flanks, turns the flock mid-gallop left and moves them through the gate. Turns them left again and drives them towards the other flock, now invisible. I walk towards them at a comparative snail's pace.

 

Bonnie drives the sheep about  150 m through two gates to where the other half of the in the flock is. Turns them left again and now she drives  the entire flock at a steady pace to the end of the field where there is still some grass.  By then I am only about 220 m from her. 

 

She turns to me, I give her the 'come to me' hand signal, she comes back like a shot. The End :) .


"Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds" - Prov. 27-23



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