Sheba-A Marvelous Gift

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Sheba update. I’m letting her in the side pasture, off leash. She ran today, feeling much better. Then came back to glue herself to my right knee. Lol I leave her in a small lot while I feed and do chores, twice a day. Then I clip the leash on her and we “go walking” with Sentry and the maiden ewes. It makes her happy. Sheba patrols the pasture several rounds, sniffs the sheep and is glad to see Sentry. Two 6 month old rams are in the side pasture and she nuzzles them too. She gets to “work” for a bit and it satisfies her.
 

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Today is day 10. Sentry keeps trying to hump her, and she's not having that. so maybe a couple more days before I turn her loose in the pasture. She stayed outside most of the day today.
 

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Sheba is back to work. Yesterday morning I let her loose, off leash, in her home pasture with Sentry. They played, tusseled, growled, barked and were supremely happy. A guy came riding down the road on a horse and they raced to the front fence to run the fence line and bark. Such fun! A little while later, a guy came by on a bicycle and they raced up to bark again. When I fed them yesterday evening, Sheba Rooo’ed and Rawlll’ed her happiness at me.
 

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Feed Ringo and his ladies, close them up so Ringo doesn’t steal the dog food. Feed Sentry and Sheba, feed rest of sheep, hay and water. Open gate, let Ringo and harem out. Then I sit in a chair so dogs and sheep can come get petted.

Sheba sure knows how to relax! Not a care in the world .

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Tiny needs scratches

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Here comes Ringo.

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Full tummies. Nap time.

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What a nice way to spend an evening.
 

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He is such a mean boy. :)
When I feed in the evenings, Ringo and the ewes meet me at the gate yelling their lungs out. Sheba and Sentry meet me at the gate too. Sheba is very vocal and talks. It sounds like BUB BUB BUB ROOOO BUB BUB RAAAWLLL GRRR GRR BUB BUB BUB. She is hysterically funny. I squeeze through the gate, holding back 6 ewes, Ringo and Sheba. Ringo rumbles and swings his head at Sheba. She talks louder and chews his face. She gently bites on his head, he rumbles and she talks. They are so funny. She isn’t afraid of him and he seems to expect her to gnaw on him. Couple of screwballs. LOL
 

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I was packing boxes yesterday, it goes slow. I sat down, talking to my son on the phone. I could see Sheba and Sentry playing, running, chasing and tackling each other. They ran through the sheep, who scattered like quail. Sheep bunched back up, dogs ran and chased, ran through sheep, sheep scattered, until they gave up and just ignored the dogs.

BUT then Sheba derailed and went after April, the newest addition to the flock. I said bye to my son, off the sofa, out the door yelling at Sheba. Sheba gets this blank, goofy look, totally clueless, WHAT?

So I put April and a few more ewes in the pen, and Sheba. I was steadily scolding Sheba. Same goofy look. I caught April and Sheba carefully sniffed her face, licked her, I petted them both. I shook my finger at Sheba, light was beginning to dawn. I told her NO! You don’t chase my sheep! MINE! MINE! MINE! I let go of April, she ran. Sheba pricked her ears and looked a little too interested. I scolded, shook my finger, Sheba squinted her eyes and hung her head with as much shame as she could muster up. She flopped down, eyes squinted. Finally! She understood! She got another round of scolding, then I let her up. I caught April again, called Sheba to me, petted both and praised Sheba.

This is one stubborn dog. It took 9 months for her to sit when I fed her. I pushed her butt to the ground, pulling on her collar. Every. Day. She got past the collar part, but still needed my hand on her butt. Sentry provided the perfect example, sitting, wagging his tail, until I said Take it. Sheba? Goofy look. Then one day I said Sit and she did! I nearly fainted. LOL

Sheba makes me laugh and smile. She is a bundle of personality, a great guard dog, happy and exuberant in her duties. And she’s funny when I have to scold her.

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