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Monday, September 26, 2011

What a shaggy sheepdog tale! The lamb raised alongside springer spaniel who thinks he's a canine


Best friends: Alison Sinstadt sits in Adderley Wharf Farm in Shropshire with her pet dog Jessie and Jack the sheep - who thinks he is also a dog

A sheep that was rescued as a lamb and brought up with a springer spaniel is now convinced he is a sheep dog.

Jack is so sure he is a canine he fetches sticks, wears a collar and a lead, jumps up on his hind legs and even tries to bark.

The six-month-old pet doesn't even recognise his own species and tries to herd sheep when he is put in the field with the rest of the flock.

Chilling out: Jack and Jessie can't get enough of each other and seem to be inseparable since the springer spaniel befriended the sheep when he was just a lamb

Owners Alison Sinstadt, 48, and her partner Simon Sherwin, 50, were stunned when the Lleyn sheep was befriended by their nine-year-old springer spaniel Jessie.

Mother-of-two Alison, who runs Adderley Wharf Farm and a shop near Market Drayton, Shropshire, said: "Jack was born one of three lambs, which is quite rare.

Daily walk: Jack the sheep even joins Jessie on her daily walk with their owner Alison... and has his own collar and lead

"He was very small and we decided to bring him in the house and put the hair drier on him and forced him to drink milk.

"It ended up that he took to the dog and they now sleep together in a dog basket in the porch.

source: dailymail


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