The reluctant shepherd

Dot keeps watch on the sheep penned for shearing.

Dot watching the sheep penned for shearing.

Part 2 of 2. Fayston, Vermont.

With Nancy Phillips, who owns Windy Meadow Farm with her husband Stephen Doherty, and her three border collies, Susie, Dot, and Dahli.

I started on ducks, then a friend of mine loaned me some sheep. Then I decided we needed to have our own sheep.

Dot at work

Dot at work

The dogs really need to be around sheep all the time; even though they aren’t working sheep, it keeps them more relaxed.

My husband said, “We ain’t getting no stinking sheep,” as he’s loading them into the truck. “We’re NOT keeping these stinking sheep,” as he’s pounding in the fence. For the first couple of years, we just kept sheep. Then we discovered that to pay for the winter feed, maybe we should have some lambs. He became the shepherd. I don’t do babies, so he’s the shepherd and the midwife.

Stephen Doherty released the newly shorn sheep to the field.

Stephen Doherty released the newly shorn sheep to the field.

Nancy Phillips in the field.

Nancy Phillips in the field with Dot and the sheep.


Thank you to Nancy Phillips and Stephen Doherty and their border collies Susie, Dot & Dahli for this visit!

2 thoughts on “The reluctant shepherd

  1. Thanks for the lovely two articles and the pictures. I especially like how you caught the essence of shearing with the three pictures. Of course I always enjoy pictures of my dogs.

    Don’t forget Jen Hammond of Vt Raw Food. She has three Border collies and does agility. If you need a phone number or email, let me know. I am having lunch with her today, so I will share your blog.

    Sent from my iPad



    1. I had such a wonderful afternoon with you! Thank you for sharing my blog. If Jen would like to participate, please have her contact me or forward her information. I hope to meet her and her dogs!

      P.s. One of my photos of the shearing was also published on page 16 in the May 21st issue of The Valley Reporter.


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