Carew is a highly skilled worker on a sheep farm
Carew is a tricolour (black/white/tan) rough coated border collie sheepdog. She was born on 10th March 2011 and is ISDS registered.
Equally at home gathering 200 or more ewes with lambs at foot, or pushing them up in tightly packed sorting pens, Carew’s highly skilled at flock work, driving, pen work and loading sheep and has competed in two sheepdog trials (coming 4th in her first trial at Mathon in 2013).
Carew works well with another trained dog because she’s willing to wait while the other dog works, without interfering, but she won’t tolerate shouting. Her one drawback is that she gets upset and will creep away if she’s helping to train a trainee dog that’s being scolded. That said, if Carew herself ever needs to be corrected, she takes it perfectly well!
Carew works very calmly, but has tremendous power when required. When commanded to “get-in” she will back-up stubborn ewes with lambs. Her outrun is excellent. She will circle the sheep at a distance, her flanking is excellent but, probably most important of all, she’s able to assess a situation or to learn quickly what’s required and act on her own initiative.
A typical example of this (and there are many – just look at our blog!) happened recently when we built a training ring with hurdles and then sent Carew to fetch the four sheep that we needed. We stood to one side (to block a gap) and without a single command, Carew took it upon herself to put the sheep into the ring, rather than bring them straight to us! If Carew’s assisting while a youngster is being trained, if the young dog loses control of one or two sheep, Carew will calmly bring the errant sheep back to the trainee dog (not to us) and then back away to a convenient distance to watch out for further errors.
Carew is ultra-reliable when working sheep. In recent months we’ve never needed to send another dog to help her, but we often send her to help another dog. She’s also relaxed when working somewhere new – an ideal temperament for sheepdog trials.
She has an excellent stop, wide flanks, works on whistle or voice commands, and can “look back” as well as shed, pen and single. Since very early in her training, she can be relied upon to calmly get sheep out of tight corners or small pens.
Away from sheep, Carew has an excellent temperament and is very obedient. She’s an excellent traveller; very relaxed in the car and ready to work as soon as she jumps out. She’s fun-loving, and loves people as well as other dogs and puppies, but isn’t demanding of attention.
We occasionally allow her into the house for a while, and she’s always respectful, obedient, quiet and clean. Carew was bred here, from our dogs Rosewood Eli and Mel – whom Andy still considers to be the best sheepdog in the world!