And with one bound she was free! (or ‘Have you got a dog who can raise the dead?’)


Another day older and deeper in debt, but at least it’s not raining. Indeed it’s a good frost. The ground is hard, but the taps around the yard are still running. I can cope with this.

So the dog and I go to feed sheep. There’s some grass that needs cleaning off from a couple of fields somebody intended to make hay on last year. They got everything they needed to make hay but the weather, so hopefully the ewes will chew it off for them and tidy it up a bit. Also at least the fields are relatively dry and sheep aren’t paddling.

But anyway, after feeding two batches of ewes, I go and take a quick look at another batch. They’re not mine but we’ve somebody who’s got health issues and various neighbours are just looking after various bits of their enterprise until they’re back on their feet.

I was still on the quad, so drove into the field, and noticed one had got herself stuck in some briars. I decided to check the others, make sure they were OK, before coming back to get this one untangled. Everybody was OK, and as I drove back it occurred to me that I had a camera with me, it might not be a bad idea to get a photo of our entangled victim, just so people could see what happens.

Except Sal was on top of her game, dived over the hedge into where the sheep was, and suddenly the sheep erupted out of the tangle, running for its mates. Yep, with one bound, she was free!

Mind you that’s nothing. Yesterday, I’d just got changed for church and we got a phone-call. There’s a sheep stuck and probably dead in the hedge, apparently there was a crow landing on her. So I got unchanged, unleashed both quad and Sal and set off at speed. She might be alive but if she was trapped the crow would still take her eyes. Isn’t Nature wonderful!

Into the field, a quick look round and spot the likely suspect. She was lying prone by the hedge. With a quad bike and a Border Collie converging on her at 30mph she leapt to her feet and was off, trailing bits of wool and briar behind her. Well if she had been dead, she wasn’t now. Sal can notch up another success. She’s pretty good at wandering round hedges finding trapped sheep; she seems to regard it as her particular job.


Oh yes, in case you’ve forgotten you can see Sal here


Indeed for a mere 99p not only do you get a picture of her on your computer or phone, you can download the free kindle app and read a selection of stories as well. She even features in some of them.

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8 thoughts on “And with one bound she was free! (or ‘Have you got a dog who can raise the dead?’)

  1. oldhenwife January 8, 2018 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Daughter has kept a well-into-her teens old ewe because her wool is superb and daughter spins competitively. But one early spring morning Bob (the ewe) fell and couldn’t get up. Magpies took out one eye, the other is all but blind but she has free range on the farm among lots of buildings rather than being among the other sheep in a field. Once she went through the unusually open gate and was found half way to the village. She has no teeth either but manages to gum through the best grass. She will no doubt fall again and daughter knows what she should do but she says Bob is happy.

    • jwebster2 January 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm Reply

      Yes it’s amazing how some old ewes do well sucking good grass 🙂

  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt January 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I can vouch for the stories! Does Sal stand for Salvatore? Savior?

    • jwebster2 January 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm Reply

      Sal is short for Sally. Border Collies traditionally have one syllable name, and rarely more than four letters in it 🙂

      • oldhenwife January 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm

        And more often than not it’s Jess. Daughter’s is Sam.

      • jwebster2 January 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        We’ve had Ben, Lass, Floss, Meg, Jess and Boz while Gyp and Fly are other traditional names round here

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt January 9, 2018 at 1:25 am

        I like my version better. :-}

      • jwebster2 January 9, 2018 at 7:43 am

        She has been addressed as ‘Salicylic’ as her full Sunday name when she’s mildly misbehaving

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