On Yarddogs, Sheepdogs etc


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ryoushi
August 15, 2006, 02:32 PM
On a recent thread I broached the concept of a Junkyard dog and how he would fit into the whole sheepdog, sheep and wolf catagory. Another member sent me a PM asking me to elaborate, so here goes.

I understand the whole Sheepdog, sheep, wolfe dynamic but this scenario only leaves room for the three and many people do not fit in.

I'm not a wolf as I obey the law. I'm not a sheepdog as I really don't give a rat's patoot about sheep one way or the other. I'm not a sheep because I'm not a stupid, defenseless creature even though the sheepdog thinks I am.

The yard dog (if only in his own mind) is lord of his domain. He has is own area of responsibility - his fenceline - and is very protective of it. He has an inbred suspicion of strangers but being an intelligent fellow, he soon learns who belongs in his domain and makes friends with them.

He can see beyond his fenceline and and often barks at wolves but can't get beyond his fence. It pisses him off no end to see wolves running free and he often wonders where the sheepdogs are when the sheep really need them.

He has pretty much the same instincs as the speepdog and actually gets along with many of them but every now and then one of them will stride by the outside of his fence and piss on a fencepost or two and this drives the yard dog dangerously nuts. He runs out to the fence and barks and bares his teeth but the sheepdog just trots off.

But most of the time yard dogs are happy fellows. They like to hang with their people and watch their yard but if a wolf should ever make it inside his fence (gee thanks sheepdog) the yard dog will kill the wolf or die trying.

The sad thing is this natural behaviour makes some farmers nervous and they put the yard dog on a rope within his own yard. The yard dog gets mean and jittery when he's on a rope.

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Devonai
August 15, 2006, 03:16 PM
I agree that the three-type paradigm is too limiting. I consider myself a Shepherd.

ORAG
August 15, 2006, 03:52 PM
This simple kind of crap is what's wrong with Business. People are complex and there are thousands of different kinds of people. To boil us down into three types is a load of BS. For every attempt to help people understand and make a go of business there are books like "Who Moved My Cheese".

Biker
August 15, 2006, 04:29 PM
What about the yard dog who jumps over the fence when no one is looking?;)
Or a bunch of yard dogs who escape and go feral?
Yes, oversimplifying *makes* everyone want to fit into one of the molds.

Biker

HiWayMan
August 15, 2006, 04:34 PM
I too have been having a bit of trouble with the sheepdog concept. I would love to watch over the sheep, but me and mine come first. Looking after the sheep is a part time job at best.

wingnutx
August 15, 2006, 04:43 PM
I guess I could be called a sheepdog.

There's no category for 'chupacabra on crack.'

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