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“Feeling Sheepish” by Jeri Ohmart

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 by Tracia

On the Ring of Kerry we were surprised with a special treat: a sheepdog trial Irish style. Two border collies, Mac and Bessie, were put through their paces, demonstrating their phenomenal responses to voice and whistle commands.

In a barely audible voice, their master signaled commands to the dogs high up on the green hills, their intelligence and intensity as they worked the sheep was palpable. The dogs alternately moved the sheep downward and crouched flat against the ground to remove the threat and allow them to rest. Very quickly, the sheep were where the master wanted them to be.

We left feeling as though we’d seen a delightful snapshot of authentic Ireland.

– Jeri Ohmart (soprano)