|Bandit, resting before the round up begins|
The farmer has always wanted a border collie. This year we decided was the year to tackle that challenge. We read that border collies have boundless energy and need a job to keep them out of trouble. How hard can it be, we said. They must be exaggerating, we said. The joke was on us! Bandit has more energy than any other dog we've ever had and his herding instinct is deeply ingrained. However, he also has more love to give than any dog we've had. He gets clear giddy when we come out of the house in our barn clothes.
|Bringing in the stragglers|
He loves riding in the tractor with the farmer.
He knows that the sound of the milkers coming off means it's time to bring in the next group, and he's all about bringing in the cows!
- Do you have enough space for them to run off energy
- Do you have the time to train them? A well trained border collie is a joy. An untrained one can be a night mare when left to their own devices.
- Will you be gone most of the day? If so, a border collie is not for you. They are very social and need human interaction, otherwise they can be very destructive.