A Shepherd Guards Her Flock

| 12/20/2011 3:38:18 PM

Christine Byrne head 

shotIt was a dark and stormy night. The farmer pulled her bedroom curtain aside to get a better look. There it was, a lump in the darkness lying in wait next to the pasture fence. It struck fear in her heart. Earlier that day she witnessed a stray dog lurking about. Luckily, at the time, the guard llamas, Thelma and Louise, did their job and herded the sheep to safety but at this time of night the llamas are fast asleep. It seemed the livestock guardian dog on night duty must be doing the same.

“Great,” she said. “Where’s that stupid flashlight?”

As much as she hated going out at night she had to protect the flock. She just knew they must be hiding in or near the barn, trembling in their little hooves. Poor things. After fumbling around a few seconds she located the flashlight next to the shotgun shells, tossed them all in her pocket and headed downstairs. While slipping quietly out the door, she loaded.

“I’m a big girl. I’m not afraid of the dark,” she reminded herself. “It’s a dog or a coyote. Not the boogey man.”

The wind was crisp and blowing her long hair into her face. It made it difficult to see but still she could make out movement at the fence line. It looked as if the head was bobbing up and down. Sniffing the scent of the livestock no doubt. Her hands trembled.

“You can do this. You’ve practiced. You know you can do this.”

Christine Byrne
12/24/2011 2:48:13 AM

I think my Beagle has OCD, anytime there is anything out of place she barks at it until I put it where it belongs.

12/22/2011 8:40:31 PM

I don't know how many times I've had to go and check on something the hooligans were barking at, having a hissy fit and getting shocked by their collars trying to get over the under ground fence trying to get at the intruder only to find out it was something like this. Merry Christmas from the hooligans and myself at Rosedale Garden.

12/22/2011 7:25:28 PM

Christine, too funny. You had me hooked and glued to the screen as you inched forward. I have no livestock so I rarely look outside during the dark hours of the night. Besides living in urban town USA the lights are never out and it's never dark enough not to see what's happening. Welcome to the Grit blog community. There's lots of gardening talk and lots of humor as we share our funny times as well as the instructive times. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

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