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Breaking news – cat musters sheep!

The latest news is all about Frank, my Birman X – he’s now an official sheep herding cat!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMerriwether, the Merino wether who lives with us at present, found himself being mustered up by Frank.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs all the manuals say, bringing the sheep up straight and true.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFurther along the track, Frank is still hard at work, keeping the sheep on the straight and narrow.  Path that is….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow that we’ve had this practice run, we might try the stock yards next :-) Stay tuned!

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9 responses

  1. What a funny series of photos! I have no doubt cats are capable of such – it’s just that, most of the time, they can’t be bothered.

    That’s quite a sheep you have. I’ve had a couple of merino wool sweaters and a merino wool scarf. Lovely stuff – and warm!

    January 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    • eremophila

      Merino wool is great, and I’m looking forward to when Merriwether has his haircut and I get to spin it into yarn. His wool is very very fine.
      Frank takes his job of helping me very seriously, and behaves more like a dog than a cat quite often.

      January 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

  2. Haha, go Frank! Great shots.

    January 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    • eremophila

      Thanks Heather :-)

      January 14, 2014 at 3:26 am

  3. Hi Enivea, Great to see Frank in action. When is Merriwether due to be shorn?

    January 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    • eremophila

      There isn’t a due date as such, more a matter of who can do it and when, but probably not for another 3months or so. After summer, as its insulating, but before the cold of winter. He had his face and belly trimmed late last year, and feet trimmed nicely, so he’s all set for a while.

      January 15, 2014 at 4:54 am

  4. What an extraordinary sheep. I don’t think I’ve seen a Merino in the flesh before, although I know the name of the wool well enough. It might be perspective but he looks very tall and elegant.

    January 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    • eremophila

      Er…um…. not sure about your choice of words – in the flesh?! :-) But we won’t take offence :-) He thinks he’s pretty good, and has agreed to pose for some portraits in the near future, so you’ll get to see him from all angles…… and importantly, his wool!

      January 21, 2014 at 3:58 am

      • Some of the best wool in the world, although I know a few alpacas who would probably disagree. Obviously, there was no malicious intent regarding the use of ‘flesh’, a slip of the ‘mint sauce’ as they say in Cockney rhyming slang…

        January 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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