The sheep didn't really enjoy the event. Rosemary was 'okay' and she didn't baa all day as I feared she might. However she was very selective in who she allowed to befriend her. The cookies helped her, and she didn't hesitate to indulge in those when given the chance. Rosetta was okay, because she was with her mom, but she wasn't letting anyone touch her! JackieD just shut down. He didn't want to be touched, he did not want to see all these peoples ---so he hid behind the girls. Finally about mid afternoon everyone had relaxed enough to lay around and chew cud. They were very happy to be loaded up and to get home. These are three of my friendliest sheep who crave attention and petting, so I was a little disappointed that they took it so hard--I don't like to see them stress. Oh well, you never know. The stories they can tell the other sheep...." there are bajillions of humans out there, but we are the only sheep in the world!"
As last year, our neighbors on either side were cattle. A sweet little Highland bull calf on one side and a Dexter cow and her tiny bull calf on the other. On the other side of the cow and calf was Patrick the Dexter bull. The calf kept trying to befriend the sheep (they were his size!) but his momma kept pushing him away from them.
The Clydesdale's didn't show up this year, but a new display was a lady with her Irish Wolfhounds. She was across the aisle and catty-corner to us.
What enormous dogs these were and so quiet and even tempered. Farley --the grey one (who I did not get good photos of!) was especially friendly to me. He is a rescue dog and very happy in a now stable home. He shares it with the older tan male dog (whose name I did not get) and they get along famously from what their owner says. I just could not get over their size. They make Boone look like a lap dog.
There were many dogs that passed through. There were a pair of Westies, and a pair of black miniature show poodles (the male was from Denmark!) which I failed to get photos of, as well as these happy little Scotties.
People are very interested in livestock heritage breeds and the hardiness of most of them. Small hobby or self sustaining farms are making a come back and these smaller, thrifty often dual purpose animals are filling the niche. It's funny how the circle completes itself.