Here is Shep, our faithful sheep/goat herder. He is in the goat barn full time by choice. He comes up in the yard to check on us, but is right back down where his charges are. He was 6 years old in Sept of 2011. We do love his drive to work and he does whenever called on and independently if the livestock get out. Oh, he LOVES to swim and go after anything you throw in for him.
Here is our dear Maple. She was 3 years old in Dec of 2011. She is the best babysitter ever. She is ALWAYS with the children and will do anything to get you to throw the ball or any toy for her. She is not at all interested in the goats and sheep but loves to HERD THE HERD DOG....always on Shep's tail as he herds the animals. But oh....can she work the cattle. She loves...loves...loves to work cows...even the bull is afraid of her. She is wonderful girl.