Nine-year-old Gipsy is an enigma. She has her favourites, and to the youngsters of the family she plays surrogate big sister. But recently her behaviour has become somewhat bemusing, and has caused her human family to look on her in a different light.
In recent weeks Gipsy has taken to herding the 72-year-old head of the family to the dinner table. The dog has not been told to find her master, nor has she responded to her master’s voice.
But each time dinner is served, the Australian Shepherd wanders off to find the boss, and to bring him hither forth for tea.
Shepherd by name and nature
Australian Shepherds are known for their excellent herding skills. They are often known for their want to herd groups of people too, just as they would sheep.
Due to their exceptional intelligence and attentiveness, dogs of the breed are often used therapeutically. They are also trained to undertake search and rescue, and services to disabled people. Their tolerance of other dogs is a distinct advantage, as is their pleasant demeanour.
Our best friend
Dogs like Gipsy remind us that the canine-human bond is unlike any other in existence. A dog is a sentient being: capable not just of solving problems but also intuitively knowing when we are in need of help and support.