Thursday, 8 December 2011
Eleven years old now and doesn't look any older than he did as a youngster, not a grey hair to be seen and still full of sparkly enthusiasm. It's been a pleasure to let him do what he loves doing most - being a sheep dog.
The other two (Moss and Kale) have been getting any amount of exercise recently but Glen's needs have been overlooked, purposefully overlooked at that. His age and the leg injury he suffered a few years back have meant the gathers which clock up many miles are not for him. Don't get me wrong, he would do them and enjoy himself but the rest of the week would find him crippled with pains and so it is that he has found himself semi retired, a decision he is not exactly enamoured about. Not just too chuffed that them young whipper snappers are pushing his nose out.
So it is then, that having to herd tups on occasional days finds Glen doing what he most loves - all things sheepy.
Steadily is something Glen is getting very proficient at, again something which gave me cause to smile. Set him away in the direction of sheep, his legs seem to go round and round but his body doesn't travel the ground very fast, he is putting his heart and soul into the task in hand but there is no doubt the body is weakening, somewhat like watching a film in slow motion. Another reason he doesn't make the big gathers anymore. There are times when speed is needed to prevent sheep breaking away and poor old Glen no longer possesses that turn of speed, he needs a head start to have any chance of getting there.
Regardless, the dog has served me well and I thoroughly enjoy his company around some of these fields of ewes and tups, he gets his painkiller with his dinner at night and stiffens up as the night wears on, by morning time he is ready and wanting to come and work, loosening up as he sets off and SO enjoying himself in the process. I just can't help but smile at his enthusiasm and obvious pleasure with the added bonus that he is exceptionally good company.
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