How did they get their names?
My fiancee chose them. I had a little bit of input but most of my names got the can.
What are their working abilities like?
Peppa has a lot of anxieties but she’s a great working dog. Evie’s a bit younger — she’s still learning a bit but she’s still good. They are probably better paddock dogs. They have a lot of force but not too much bark.
You say Peppa has some anxieties, what is she afraid of?
Peppa’s afraid of a lot of things: ceiling fans, any loud noises, certain areas of the floor — she can’t stand on them.
Do they have any bad habits?
The only really bad habit they have is pulling the squeaker and fluff out of their toys and leaving a big ball of fluff on the lawn.
Where do they sleep?
In the garage just in a bed. I just leave the door open and they come and go as they please.
Have they had any injuries?
They’ve both had the cone of shame on at some stage. Evie’s one for getting grass seeds in her ears during summer. Peppa will get an eye infection during shearing because of the dust.
Do they like to travel?
They usually come everywhere with me. They love the box on the ute. They hang out in it. If I’m parked they will bark at other dogs. If I’m driving down the road they bark at other cars. It keeps them entertained.
How do they get on with other animals?
They seem to get along pretty well. Peppa’s not great with stranger dogs. She only gets on with ones she knows. There is one pet sheep they get bossed around by.
What would you do without them?
I’d have to get other dogs or more dogs. With that amount of sheep (2000), you can’t do it without dogs. You would have to get five blokes running around (to replace them).
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