Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sheep Shenanigans with the Suffolk Stupenda

Who knew a SHEEP could be such a drama queen?

Let me tell you about the goings on at Banchory Show this weekend.

So Gail and I arrived at the main arena in time for the judging of the 'Cattle, Sheep and Horse Champion'.
First into the ring trotted a most handsome Clydesdale, understandably voted the show's top horse.

He was shortly joined by a rosette laden and deliciously beefy example of the bovine family. 
But where was the sheep?

Absolutely sign of the show's Woolly Wonder.

The judges conferred anxiously and, by loudspeaker, reminded the sheep that her presence was required.
But a diva knows that to keep her public waiting is part of the performance.

After several more minutes a quad bike towing a trailer slowly drove into the ring...
...and, amidst much kerfuffle, an ORANGE coloured Suffolk sheep finally emerged.
She stood there patiently while her human entourage knelt down to place her hooves in the correct position.
Now talk about high maintenance. I mean, even the 'Best in Show' types at Crufts don't DYE THEIR FURS!

I can just imagine what my rugged Shetland sheep pals in Torridon would have to say about her...

Well I know you'll all be wondering which animal won overall, but I can't tell you 'cos at this point  I was distracted from the judging by a cheeky wee foxy called Blaze.
Blaze, we learned, comes from Granddach Kennels like me. You'll notice his tail is docked. At nine years old, he was born just before a total ban on docking dogs' tails was enforced in Scotland.
Quite a feisty chappie I must say, although I'm really not sure why Gail kept muttering "two of a kind all right"...


  1. Bertie - Sheep take a lot of controlling. That's why they have specialist dogs for the job.

  2. Hari OM
    Gotta tell ya Bertie lad, yon ewe is right up in the fashionsheepsha stakes - a trend one hopes will pass away peacefully before the next summer series!

    Also gotta tell ya, your style is my favourite over your mate Blaze... Mind you, the Bedlingtons behind you both have a certain je na sais qoi... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. OHHHHH we love the Clydesdale!! Blaze is probably cheeky because he saw your gorgeous WFT full tail.
    I'm a tad late my assistant caught the creeping crud from Dad! MOL but She is better
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Oh my word, Bertie. I was reading with eager anticipation about the arrival of the sheepie. I've seen some interesting looking sheeps in my time. I was not expecting to see, eerrm, such a well groomed sheep. Gives a new perspective on the term 'coloured sheep'. Bright orange sheep would be easy to find in the Torridon landscape, not sure that hair do would cope with the wind and rain though...

  5. How cool that you met Blaze! We are afraid that all the sheep might have been over here for the Mutton Busting at the rodeos!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. How nice to meet such a handsome dude at the show.

  7. Orange sheep??!! Actually the sheep to the west of us are sort of orange because of the soil.... We think the Clydesdale should have won!

  8. Gotta say, I like your tail better dan Blaze's. Momma wishes dey would ban dockin here - there's a lot of terrierist breeds she likes, but a lot of them dock and she doesn't like dat.

  9. I like the orange sheep. What a lovely shade for autumn, very pumpkin pie. I like pumpkin pie!


  10. wow that sheep is a diva huh? maybe the Joan Collins of the cattle-world? I's great that you met a relative there... and I was happy to see some Bedlingtons in the background, they became very rare... no idea why, they totally rock :o)
    easy rider

  11. What a pretty horse

    retro rover

  12. We love the Budweiser Clydesdales commercials. We have seen the Clydesdales up close and personal. They are truly magnificent. We have never seen a Bedlington Terrier Lee inquired about a price for one once and it was way beyond her pocketbook. I think that sheep looks ever so handsome in that color.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  13. Goodness me Easy told us you had a picture of an Orange sheep...boy is it orange :) Bertie if i dyed my suffolk like that he would ram me into next week hahaahaha :) hugs Fozziemum xx

  14. I would have thought that tinkering with an animals natural colour would have been forbidden in such shows? When I first saw your photo I thought, wow, I've never seen an orange sheep. Now I know why! Blaze looks like a nice chap. My favourite sheep are the black (grey) and white Lake District ones you find grazing on the mountains there - gorgeous!

  15. Orange sheep? Huh...Strange, but pretty. Mom want's to order a sweater...We like your tail better, Bertie. We have docked tails cuz in the US they still do that sort of thing, and we're both rescues after all. Mom is frightened to think what my tail would be like cuz my stub is huge and she bruises easily! Wimp.


  16. Wowza. That's alot of adventure for one outing. Personally, we think orange sheep are just wrong! On the opposite end of the spectrum, that horse was beautiful. And you, my friend, are best overall :)

  17. What a diva sheep Bertie, I do hope you barked at it?
    You and Blaze look quite alike I think!
    ~lickies, Ludo!