Collies At Work





[March 25, 1893.]



At six o'clock this morning, I saw a mountain-shepherd stand at a gate

on the hill-top. Seven sheep were on the outside of the gate--six of the

shepherd's flock, the other a strayer. The man wanted his own sheep in;

so, before opening the gate, he quietly said: "'Rob,' catch the

strayer." In an instant "Rob" pinned the sheep, holding him, strong and

wild as he was, as though he were in a vice; and then, by another word,

"Gled" was told to bring the others in through the gate now opened for

them. Although "Gled" brought his six wild sheep right over "Rob" and

his strayer, the sheep was held securely till the gate was closed, and

the order given to "let it gang."



WILLIAM FOTHERGILL.





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