Monday, November 6, 2017

The Black Sheep Of The Serta Family

Well, this post started out as "Hey, we needed a new mattress and because of all of 20's great friendship and hard work here and Serta's sponsorship of the National Sheepdog Finals, we bought a Serta!" and I took some pictures of 20 checking out the new mattress...





Then I thought, you know I should probably re-tell 20's story for anyone who's joined in since 2011 and doesn't know who he is and how he got here. I looked back and found the original post and...HOLY COW...look how young 20 looks!


20 looks like a little(ish ;-) lamb!


This is the earliest picture we have of 20.  Well, lots of 20s.  Our 20 is the 20 on the left.  He had just been won by Debbie Bailey and one of her fabulous dogs, Huck, at the 2010 National Sheepdog FinalsSerta, being a major sponsor of the finals, had awarded these big(ish ;-) sheep to the top finishers.  

Debbie gifted 20 to me for my birthday the following year and, as they say, the rest is history.  I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite 20 posts, but I couldn't narrow it down to just a few.  If you follow his "label" from the list on the right (here is a link as well), you can read back through the years.  He sure has been busy!

So why is 20 the "black sheep of the Serta family"?  Well, in looking up links for this post I was reminded that the Serta Counting Sheep are actually trying to discourage folks from buying Serta mattresses.  And even though Serta did call for a one day truce on National Hug a Sheep Day, I was concerned that 20 might not want to be publicly acknowledged for actually helping sell a mattress.


"I had to babysit Baaxter Black.  I'm not scared of a giant national corporation!"

Those posts with Baby B and 20 are definitely among my favorites.  I also love the posts where he is helping me with my weaving or fixing (multiple) knitting mistakes.  The interview from the Iknitarod Trail was fun, too, as are some of the interesting trips we've taken over the years. 

What is your/are your favorite 20 stories?  Let him know in the comments and he'll draw a winner for a 2018 calendar later this week.  The mailing envelopes got here yesterday, so we are about ready to start offering them for sale.  I just need to get some postage information.  Maybe 20 can help with that today.

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For the record, other than having the honor of living and working with 20 and buying a Serta mattress last week, I have no ties to Serta and am not being paid for any sort of endorsement.  I do however want to express my appreciation for their support of the National Sheepdog Finals!  And, yes, the mattress is very comfortable :-).



15 comments:

Karen B said...

It was really hard to pick just one favorite 20 moment but I narrowed it down to two. I loved his sledding photo shoot. But I really loved his roadtrip to the fiber mill. 20 seems to be one of the busiest and hardest working sheep around.

Laurie in Maine said...

Yes. Very hard to pick just one! Sledding picture? The cowabunga babysitting picture of Baxter ignoring 20 to behave. http://myfavoritesheep.blogspot.com/2014/06/adventures-in-babysitting.html

Babysitting Maisie
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1Z6o42PPH38/UUdJ4Ij-UgI/AAAAAAAAO9M/vX_9G-0_tEE/s800/m25.jpg

Enjoyed the stroll backwards trying to decide long enough I suppose ;)

Mrs Shoes said...

I'd have to say that THIS post about 20 is actually my favourite because of all his delightful poses (testing the actual bed best of all), but '20's Favorite Part Of The Festival' is a close runner up because I love that he's wearing a raincoat and hanging on the fence chatting up his painted cousins!
Gosh, I would so love a Calendar!

Windswept Farm said...

This is my favorite, Tuesday, October 20, 2015; It's Almost Time To Come Out And Hug Some Sheep http://myfavoritesheep.blogspot.com/2015/10/its-almost-time-to-come-out-and-hug_20.html
Especially Baaxter's fascination with 20.

bkraski said...

I love 20 buckled up and sitting in the car, ready to go! With his bright yellow jacket and rain boots!

RMK said...

For me, it's a toss up between the fiber mill road trip and the geeky side of 20 studying the eclipse this summer. For most sheep, STEM means grass, but for 20 it's definitely the science thing!

Michelle said...

I think 20 has been on more adventures, in the past few years, than I have! lol Looks like he is enjoying the new mattress.

I need orange said...

I'm loving the pic in this post of him lying on the new mattress with his head on the pillow. He looks so content -- made me wonder if you not only needed *another* new mattress, but a whole new bedroom since 20 was going to need yours................ lol......

Lisa W said...

I love my own story - the time a 20 minute snooze turned into a 3 hour nap once 20 snuggled up with me in the wool room. He's a baaaaaaad influence.

Judy said...

I think I liked this one best of all with the great poses and photos!

sophy0075 said...

Oh my goodness - a Baaxter blast from the past. So adorable!

Terry and Linda said...

I smiled all the way through this post!

Grey Horse Matters said...

It’s too hard to pick a favorite. They’re all great. Loved all the pictures,so cute.

Mrs Shoes said...

Oh my gosh, I just had to tell you, because I just adore your #20...
Mr Shoes has been wanting to buy a new bed - I found a king size serta set on a very good sale AND... if we buy it them we will get our very own Serta Sheep!!
I was willing to wait until after Christmas to spend that kind of $ on ourselves, but I want that mattress set now SO bad! Because, SHEEP!!!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Mrs. Shoes - you need to take Auntie Reg shopping with you. She worked them down and saved us a couple hundred dollars :-D.

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