Sheep, admittedly, are not the brightest animals, though they can be very cuddly as lambs. They get stuck in what they’re doing–which usually entails eating–and they don’t want to be disturbed.
A Blizzard Moves In
Such was the case at a ranch in Alberta, Canada. The flock of sheep was outside, happily munching away. The morning had been calm, but the weather began to change. As the wind picked up, despite the fact that the gate was open and they were able to access the barn and a lean-to shelter, the sheep just kept eating. When the weather turned foul as a blizzard moved in, Grit, a 5 year old Border Collie and a trained sheep dog, took things into his own hands…er, paws.
Those sheep didn’t know what danger they were in, but Grit did, and he went after them. Racing through the gate and across the field, Grit began rounding up the sheep. It didn’t matter that they were content where they were, he was bringing them in.
Working Dog To The Rescue
Grit is a sheep dog that competes in herding dog trials, coming from a long line of champion working Border Collies. Born at the very end of 2015, Grit at 5 years old has racked up an impressive record at the field trials he’s competed in. Those placements and wins include both Nursery and Open trials in British Columbia,Colorado, Missouri, and Kentucky. He’s been a busy dog showing everyone how talented he is.
At home, he’s engaged in on-the-job training. He showed his mettle when he brought in the flock, keeping them in a tight bunch and herding them toward the gate. As he approached the open gate with the sheep, he then took direction from his owner. In the video, you can see him responding to her commands, though sometimes reluctantly, it seems. Grit wanted those sheep in and he did his job well!
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