Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sheep Dog Trials

A sheep-dog trial is a demonstration of how highly skilled and trained dogs respond to whistle commands to bring in sheep from the fields into a holding pen. Border Collies guide the sheep down a hill or across a field, and the bond with their masters becomes evident as the dogs go about their work and pant happily at the conclusion of a successful trial. We’ll spot some rare sheep breeds amidst the flocks in the fields at Kells, overlooking Dingle Bay, where local farmer Brendan Ferris will introduce us to his sheep dogs and demonstrate their skills.

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