Pip's fast-approaching her first birthday, and last week, I decided to put her to work.
Her interest in sheep is a casual one. Sometimes, she goes around the sheep like a pro, while others, she shows little interest. Whenever Sheila's with her, though, she finds the work a little more engaging. Sheila is the perfect working partner for Pip. Sheila knows what she's doing, for a start, and also is braver. Two things Pip lacks, through no fault of her own.
Another thing that Sheila can do that Pip can't, is get through gates.
With Pip, I'm going to try and teach her on the job. I find that Sheila is a very different dog inside the Shepherd's Pie than out, but I will be letting Pip have a go in the Pie as soon as I get some sheep for it.
Hello, I'm waiting for you to open this gate.
And this one.
Fly can't jump through gates either, so she has to wait too.
Out in the fields, though, Pip finds sheep a lot more interesting.
When she's finished, she comes running back.
And the sheep are left to wonder what on Earth is going on.
Now I'd like to introduce you all to Scruffy, a Bearded Collie who lives with Ben and Pip's mum, Rua.
She moves around a lot, so it's hard to get a decent photograph of her. While I was there, I saw Rua too.
She was watching the treats in my hand.
Treats are good.