Monday, May 11, 2009

The Shepherds greatest tool

The Shepherd or Shepherdess greatest tool is a good Matriarch Ewe regardless of breed , Shiera is a Dorper and my Matriarch Ewe, she is not part of my breeding stock of Shetlands and Baby doll Southdowns, but her value is far beyond that ,She is a Smart Gentle Leader and a Follower , I watch Sheira with admiration as she leads the Flock out of danger if I am unable to get to them fast enough, I count on her to alert me when there is a problem , One night while asleep I heard Sheira outside my bedroom window baaing loudly , My first thought was that I had left the gate open , but just in case hubby and I grabbed our guns and ran out to see what was going on, There to our sheer panic were several Coyotes attacking our chicken pen, by the barn, Sheira had busted through the gate and lead the other sheep and lambs to safety, when all was over She followed me back to the barn with the other Sheep and lambs following her, this would not be the last time that it happenend, She knows she can bust through the gate , but does not unless there is danger. I can lead the flock anywhere I need to, as Sheira follows me and they follow her, for this she will always have my love and admiration.


  1. First, as the weather gets warmer I am going to try the solar dyeing technique. Second, I think "cloning" might be in Shiera's future.

  2. Christy, I loved your story. It shows your love for your sheep. As I read it, I felt teary eyed. You are both lucky to have each other.