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We have PUPPIES !!

Border collie sheepdog Jill produced a litter of puppies last night
Proud mother Jill produced a lovely litter of pups last night. They’re all doing well despite the bitter cold wind we have today. We’ll post more news on this blog – or you can find out more about Jill and the pups at The Working Sheepdog Website … Read more

Alfie’s Blog

Alfie the chihuahua sharing his bed with border collie sheepdog Glen
OK Glen, if you really insist, I’ll sleep on the floor. Did you know our little chihuahua Alfie has his own blog?Just recently, Alfie’s lost his tiny little chihuahua bed because the great big border collie Glen has taken it over!For a great pic of Glen curled up in Alfie’s little bed, visit Alfie’s Blog … Read more

A dog in need . . .

Alfie the chihuahua sharing his bed with border collie sheepdog Glen
OK Glen, if you really insist, I’ll sleep on the floor. Never let it be said that I’d overlook a fellow dog in need (to be honest, at my height it’s not easy to overlook anything). Towards the end of that cold, wet, snowy fortnight the old stager, Glen began to suffer more than usual from the arthritis in his shoulder. He’s normally quite a buoyant chap, and even if his shoulder slows him down sometimes he doesn’t let it … Read more

I’m in trouble again . . .

Chihuahua Alfie with a border collie puppy
This is me telling a border collie puppy, who’s wears the trousers around here! No I don’t mean the picture – that was taken in April 2007 when I first arrived here. When you’re so much smaller than the other dogs (there are about 15 border collies, a great dane and a deerhound x lurcher to contend with) you have to assert your authority right from the word go.The reason I’m in trouble is because I forgot to mention the … Read more

Who said Chihuahuas aren’t tough?

Chihuahua x Papillon and Chihuahua dogs in the snow
Chihuahua x Papillon Chester (left) and Chihuahua Alfie, enjoying themselves in the January snow. I thought you’d like to see this picture of Chester and me in the snow today – and not a dog coat in sight! We both love a good run in the snow (as long as it’s not too deep). The cold doesn’t really affect us – unless it’s cold and wet. That really makes us shiver … Read more

Elitist? . . Me?

I can’t believe it, but I’m getting complaints. I’m accused of elitism. It’s not elitism, it’s called noblesse oblige – we Chihuahuas have responsibilities. Chihuahuas are born to be adored leaders, firm but fair (ish). Collies, Kelpies, Huntaways and Corgis, for example, are born to work with sheep and cattle; Labradors collect shot birds (ugh) and St Bernards deliver brandy in the Alps. All dogs have different jobs. One of Pearl and Glen’s puppies actually works on a lifeboat! Chester’s … Read more

Sheepdog in the making.

Border collie sheepdog Jill produced a litter of puppies last night
Mog may only be very young, compared to some of the sheepdogs, but she’s already started work (well, nursery) and Andy’s extremely proud of her. She can’t do much at the moment, but that’s not because she doesn’t want to – far from it. I can’t tell you how many playtimes Mog’s spoiled by slinking off to fetch the sheep. She’s so quiet that no one notices ‘til it’s too late, and there are 28 sheep mixed up with 20 … Read more

It’s not that I mind puppies . . .

While I write this, Chester is sitting on the window ledge, watching the dogs in the yard and shouting out encouragement or disapproval as the occasion demands. Mainly disapproval. I know I said we’d have puppies in January, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t puppies here now. The current banes of my life are a bumbling 5-month old called Tony, Mel and Glen’s youngest daughter Mog – she’s about 5 months old, and Maddie and Glen’s daughter Maeve who, it … Read more

And as though border collies weren’t enough . . .

Great Dane Lily
Lily the Great Dane There are two other dogs here that aren’t sheepdogs. Lily is a Great Dope (I mean, Great Dane) and Eris is a half-Deerhound lurcher. Eris (whose name is borrowed from the Greek goddess for strife and dischord – and I’m not surprised) thinks it’s funny to follow me about, ruffling my fur and pretending to bite me.  Lily wouldn’t dare to even pretend. In fact, Lily’s very easily intimidated, especially if you have sharp little teeth … Read more

As if we don’t have enough collies around the place already!

Rough coated black and white border collie bitch Connie, looking at the camera with her tongue out!
Rough coated black and white border collie bitch Connie, looking at the camera with her tongue out! A nice man, who trains dogs for sheepdog trials, drove all the way from Powys a few days ago with some dogs for Andy to see. They seemed to spend the afternoon chasing sheep into pens and then chasing them out again, and getting very wet in the meantime. Thank heavens for the wood burner! Luckily, with Andy usefully occupied, I was able … Read more

Female border collies causing chaos as usual!

The yard has been in chaos all weekend. Some of the girls have come into season (apparently that’s what happens when females live together in a group) and they can’t play with the other dogs out in the field. Don’t they make a fuss when they get left behind! And I’m afraid that there have been some lewd comments coming my way when I walk past the pens. Of course I can see their point, but it’s so undignified. Glen’s … Read more

I’m a chihuahua, get me out of here!

Alfie the chihuahua sitting upright, regally looking into the distance
Alfie just knows he’s as good as any dog! I think it’s time to put the record straight. The Border collies around here are getting the impression that they’re somehow important. Just to explain things, I’m a Chihuahua called Alfie, and with my friend, Chester (a Papillon/Chihuahua cross – I prefer to think of him as a mongrel) it’s ME who keeps things together here at Kings Green Farm – the home of the Working Sheepdog Website. I really can’t … Read more

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