What happens when there are bad, or no, sheep dogs?

This is amazing.

I couldn’t help but think about the state of the Church while watching this, what happens when there are bad, or no, sheep dogs.

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  1. Notsoserious09 says:

    We are seeing three basic principles although there is much more nuance I’m sure. The dog is highly trained obviously. But also the sheep are “dog broke” which takes time and effort. The flock is also “fence broke” meaning that they won’t challenge boundaries which is very important to keep fencing costs down. When all three conditions are met, this is what we see. Catholics can often be said to be dog broke but not fence broke and be led off the reservation easily. Many, many theologians seem to be neither as obviously they do what they willst and answer to no one. The shepherds meanwhile don’t seem to care about losing a sheep, even most of the flock perhaps because they get financial support from Governments of Red China, Germany, or the US. I wonder if those governments are all essentially the same entity underneath it all?

  2. mlmc says:

    With the recent loss of BXVI and Cardinal Pell, we need good wolf hounds as well as good sheep dogs….

  3. Jim Dorchak says:

    We have a Border Collie here on our little homestead her name is Belle. She is awesome and is a real pro when it comes to herding our animals plus she is just a really sweet dog.
    Border collies have lots of energy and work really hard to please their owners. Cool to see this pup doing the same. It sure does make a farmers life easier and happier too.
    I just wish the Church could learn a lesson here.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    The parish priest, Fr. Trood, seems to be one of the most overworked priests ever.

    He’s pastor of St. Aloysius. He’s chancellor of Westminster diocese, because he was an accountant before he went to seminary. He’s a canon lawyer. He’s the Diocesan Promoter of Justice, which means he investigates abuse allegations. And he used to be the Diocesan Vicar of Safeguarding, which meant he did background check stuff. And he was only ordained in 2001, so yeah, there’s a lot on his plate.

    And now this massacre outside his parish church. Oh, man, please pray for him too, this whole thing is just terrible.

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    I love these dogs even though I know they have too much energy for a regular household. They need to work and they’re unhappy if they don’t, like Australian Shepherds, probably our smartest canine. To see an astounding example, look on You Tube for “Jackboot”. That dog could probably change a tire if someone showed him how. I remember a lady on British television who trained Border Collies, and if one stepped out of line she would say “You dare!” which was frankly hilarious. They obeyed.
    We will have to rely on Almighty God alone, it seems, and until He says, enough, the suffering will likely increase. What would we do on an island if we were shipwrecked and had no one and nothing. We appear to be approaching these times. God be with us. It won’t last forever.

  6. Kathleen10 says:

    Oh dear I called the innocent dog a nazi. I meant “Bootjack”. Aging is great for humility.

  7. Hours after posting this, lemme throw in another image.

    At the end… say the dog’s master had a somewhat less affirming approach.


  8. Sportsfan says:

    I recently read a story about a sheepdog in Georgia that killed 8 coyotes. It (not sure if it was a he or a she) was seriously injured but no sheep were lost.
    Bravery and loyalty as well as efficiency and smarts, that’s what makes a good sheep dog.

  9. Tradster says:

    Never again will I see a (male) sheepdog without envisioning him wearing a Roman collar or a bishop’s miter. May the Good Shepherd bless them.

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