Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Howling At The...

The back story - I saw several sheep grazing out by the ponds the other morning.  Not many sheep out these days between the several days of snow and many days of rain.  Sheep out in the "wilds" was a treat!  I grabbed the camera.

As I was snapping some grazing pictures, a heron flew in just to the right and landed at the small pond, near the sheep.  I'm actually further away than it looks due to zooming in.  The sheep all startled as it landed, but immediately went back to eating.  Hank lost his mind though and called them all in.


"We're coming!"

Just call Hershey Fabio ;-D

They were gettin' it!  Wish I'd thought to video it.

Liddy's not that fast.  She was just closer to the front ;-).

But Bullwinkle is!

And so is Levi the Squirrel aka Captain America (someone please remind me to tell that story!)

Look at those luscious locks, flowing in the wind :-D

"As long as we can still beat a Jacob sheep, we're doing okay."

Turns out it might not be so hard to outrun a Jacob sheep around here anymore.  More about that later as well.

Murphy crossing the bridge.  Baaxter and Hershey holding up.  I'll share a couple more of them later this week.  Those boys...

It was a fun series of pictures and I just laugh out loud every time I see them running like that.  Too bad Maisie wasn't out there, but Bullwinkle and Woody are almost as funny.  And Hershey and his big 'do.  But really, was a heron that big of a threat?


Long before I could hear anything...

Notice that he's run down the hill to put himself in between his sheep and the "coyotes".  Guard dogs are just amazing.  I might wonder what he's thinking, but I never second guess him.


  1. My late and great dog, Tad, (he was 1/2 German Shepherd and half Lab) used to howl at sirens as well and since we are within a field and a half of a major interstate, that happened quite often. 13 years after his death, I still listen for him to howl when I hear a siren. That dog could sing!

  2. Hank is the best guard dog ever! Another killer heron disaster avoided thanks to him. Love the running pictures.

  3. That "better safe than sorry" plan has, over evolutionary time, ensured that we made it to here/now. :-) Like any strength, when overused it can become a problem -- it's also why so many people are too anxious about the past (or the future) too much of the time. Finding a balance of "appropriate attention to things that are not happening right this minute" is not easy.

    My first corgi used to howl with the sirens. That was before the day when anyone had a cell phone, so I have no recording of her voice, alas. She was very musical and inventive when she howled. :-)

    1. Tilly/Weaslie almost gets a howl going :-). I need to do some recording of sheep voices...now that we have an easy way to do it. Some on the Burrnie video yesterday, but would really like everyone!

  4. OK, enlighten us LGD ignorant on how Hank 'calls in' the sheep. Cuz, DANG! they come a runnin' when he calls!

    1. I am not sure what he says different. Sometimes he barks and they listen, but don't react. Sometimes he yells something and they all come running, even the ones that don't like him (yes, there are sheep that still don't like Hank (!)) but will "use" him for safety ;-). If I could just run a tape all the time, we might be able to tell the difference.

  5. Found the video and Hank's howl woke up my sleeping Zetta! Good job!

  6. Just a wonderful set of Photos....Hank and Blue Lonesome, our sole remaining Guinea, would be awesome together. He sounds much nicer though!

  7. That'll do Hank, That'll do - such a good dog Hank! Love the herd racing in - almost your own Kentucky Derby of sheep!

  8. My cat Tabitha looked up and around when she heard Hank's "warning" ( alas, my toy poodle Hershey is going deaf and slept through. Maybe if I turn up the volume...?)

    Liddy has certainly grown. Is her fleece that long, or has she also been eating too many cookies?

    I feel like a doofus. Why is Baaxter like Fabio?

  9. What is the best thing about Hank's howling, is the sheep really do listen to him and obey!


  10. Yeah Hank!! Good dog! He deserves extra treats! Never can tell about nasty sirens:)

  11. Love this post and photos of the sheep hightailing it to safety on Hank's warning. Awesome.


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