In deference to their sensitivity during lambing season, I keep the dogs away from the newest mothers for a week or so. The dogs are never allowed in the pasture with them, but can run about the adjoining fence line when I'm out and about. Usually there is inquisitive sniffs by all involved, but Boone often likes to take it a step farther when he thinks I'm not paying attention. He acts innocent, but trust me he isn't--the body language says it all.
When I first got sheep, I had two collies--Jody and Ariel. Jody loved the sheep and wanted to live in the barn with them. She wanted to lay beside them and love them always. Mind you though these were sweet sheep--gentle Dorset ewe lambs. Jody and Ariel helped me do all the chores--out in the pen with the sheep. No worries. Fast forward a couple of years and the Shetland's arrived...in particular...Rouen. Rouen hates dogs and would have them for breakfast if she could. Poor Jody the good didn't stand a chance---and it happened before I could react. I mean who thought a midget sheep would attack a dog? But she did. Bowled Jody over good and hurt her feelings forever. For the safety of the dogs they could no longer go in with the sheep. However at lambing time, I would always arrange it when the flock was out to pasture, to let the collie girls in to see the new Dorset lambs. They looked forward to this immensely and would happily check out the new arrivals. After all....10 pound lambs aren't dangerous.
So back to the day I took these pictures...principle players are Tabitha the Shetland sheep, her daughter Vanora and of course Boone..... Let's let them take over from here.....
Boone: "hmmm..hmmm..hmmm minding my own business---(then whispering) little baby sheep you look like you'd taste mighty good" (licks chops)
Tabitha: "What? What did you just say, you big toad? Little baby get behind me!"
Boone: "Bring it on sheep shrimp!" Tabitha: (As she leaps at him and stomps her front feet) "If this fence weren't stopping me, you'd have an even worse smashed in face!"