How did you end up with a sheep that thinks it is a dog?
Min was very premature when she was born and she was just so tiny. I didn’t think she would even make it through the night when we brought her home. Ants had started to bite her eyelids and she was in quite a poor condition, but I still fed her. I was surprised when she made it through the first night and she just continued to get stronger as the days went by.
So does Min really think she is a dog?
Well, she certainly doesn’t think she is a sheep. She doesn’t associate with them at all. She won’t eat from the same trough and if you put her in a paddock with other sheep she just stands at the gate and cries until I come and get her.
What about her morning walk?
She likes to walk every morning with me and the dogs, although she doesn’t go with anyone else because she thinks I am her mum. She sniffs everything along the way like the other dogs but she stays away from the Kelpies and just hangs around with me and the Border Collie, Bella.
Tell me about the other dogs.
There are two Kelpies — Jo and her aunty Tok, and Bella the Border Collie. Jo is the most loyal dog I have ever seen and she loves me unconditionally. In fact, one day in the shearing shed she actually nipped me when she was trying to protect me. Tok got too close to me and they started to fight and she accidently ended up nipping me. She was very sorry after.
Do Tok and Jo normally fight?
They are normally very good together and they make a great working team. Tok works the outside very well and Jo the inside — they actually work quite harmoniously.
You must be very happy to have such good working dogs.
We certainly are. We are lucky to even have Tok. She was meant to be shipped out to Dubai as a working dog, so we ended up with her by default. She is actually smarter than both of us and she has taught us a lot. Tony is very good with the dogs and they respect him. Jo was my attempt to be a better sheepdog person than Tony but there were two problems with that: I am not a better dog person and my dog’s not (better than Tok) either, but I love her anyway.
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