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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Darmstadt, HessePage 10 stars and stripes travel thursday december 9, 1999 a Manana his dogs Neil Ross whistles a signal for his sheepdogs to move a Small flock of sheep in the direction he wants them to go. Each dog responds to a different set of signals. Traditional Taska test of teamwork by Ron Jensen stars and stripes Neil Ross lets Loose a whistle and Jim a Border Collie darts right to move a Small flock of sheep to the left. Another whistle and another Border Collie named Meg sweeps to the left to ensure the dozen or so sheep Don t wander too far from the planned path. And so it goes Ross whistle Sand the dogs react guiding the sheep to a pen or moving them Inland out slalom like around markers. Photos by Ron Jensen stars and stripes one of Neil Ross Border collies keeps watch Over a flock of sheep during a demonstration for tourists in september at Kincraig Scotland. If you go let yourself in the Gate to Neil Rosa farm at Kincraig Scotland but be sure to close it behind you Ross charges about $6 for the show and Sells picture postcards key rings and dog whistles a souvenirs of the visit brochures for the sheep do demonstration Are available at tourist offices and hotels in the area Ross worked As a Shepherd before the sheep Industry in Scotland went South a Combina Tion of fear Over mad cow Dis ease and government regulations that make it too expensive to raise the critters. So now with fewer flocks in the scottish Highlands Ross entertains tourists at his father s farm near Kincraig Scotland just a few Miles South of the ski resort town of Aviemore East of Loch it s a Good show. For about 45 minutes Ross puts the dogs through a series of drills while providing commentary forthe visitors each dog reacts to his or heroin commands meaning Ross who trains the dogs from birth has to remember each dog s commands. And that s a lot. Each dog has 38 different commands he said. The Best dog we had Here had 77 com a dog needs about two years of training before it can compete. Ross dogs have done Well in National Competition and on bbl s now cancelled evening program a Man and his dog in which masters and dogs were judged on performances like the one Ross now gives to tourists with a whistle Ross can make dog walk fast or slowly turn see i i thursday december 9, 1999 stars and stripes travel Page 11 i each dog Lias 38 different commands. The Best dog we had Here had 77 commands Neil Ross Shepherd photos by Ron Jensen stars and stripes with the flock under control one of Neil Ross Border collies takes a break but keeps its eyes on the sheep during a demonstration. Dogs from Page 10 left or right lie Down or stand still. With a series of whistles he had several dogs lie Side by Side to form a Gate that prevented the flock from leaving a three sided pen. He Speaks to the dogs As Well. When one was slow to respond Ross resorted to words shouting lie Down. Lie Down. Are you deaf and another s lacklustre response earned this from Ross i m warning you there is a practical Side to this exhibition. Sheep often Are left to roam across wide expanses of grazing land. On Ross farm about 2,500 sheep have More than 1,000 acres on which to wander. But several times each year they must be gathered for shearing or some other Neces sary chore. It takes five Days with seven men and 35 dogs Ross said to bring the sheep together. And because sheep from Vari Ous flocks might mix together the dogs must be adept at Sepa rating a particular sheep from the pack another Talent demonstrated during Ross show. The dogs learn their Art by first herding ducks through a series of obstacles or herding them together. Sheep Ross explained can kill a Small dog so the ducks Are a safer teaching tool. And the demonstration of dogs herding the waddling fowl is a fitting and humorous end to Ross show. We come to the world of syr Olian sours ski & play in Austria a ski Holiday you can afford 7 nights accommodation per person from Only full color brochure on Winter holidays in the austrian Alps for the entire family . Call or write today Tyrol an Tours , Box 6 a-6372 Oberndorf Jirol id 43435243134 43-5352-62650 Fox 43-5352-65390 or Contact your on base travel Agency 5 a sheep dog and a sheep come face to face during a demonstration of the prowess of sheep dogs in Kincraig

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