Oh, poor Ci, the Border Collie. He's supposed to be a master among sheep, born and bred to keep the woolly flocks in line. The only problem is ... he's terrified of the sheep. He has been since he was born, and now his mean old owner has gone and made him the laughing stock of all sheepdogs by posting a video of him on YouTube for all to see his cowardly ways. Now he's known as the "worst sheepdog in Britain."
It's actually hysterical, even though I do feel bad for sweet Ci. Hey, I'd be scared if I were him too. Sheep get a nice, sweet rap, but you have to admit, a whole herd of them coming at you would be more than a little unnerving. Check out Ci in action (or lack thereof) in this video:
Those sheep look like big bullies, no? They have smelled weakness, and they're taking full advantage of it. Shame on them. A flock of sheep is also known as a mob, and they're certainly acting like one here.
Jane Lippington, Ci's owner, told the Daily Mail that Ci's instincts to herd sheep are fully intact, but his cowardly ways are stronger.
Collies are very instinctive and they want to work the sheep and Ci wants to do it but he is terrified of them. If they run away from him he will go after them and act like a proper sheepdog. But the moment they turn and face him he runs away. Sheep can be quite aggressive if they think they have the upper hand – they stamp their feet and gang up and act like an army.
I get where Ci is coming from, especially when it comes to motherhood. I know moms are supposed to be brave and strong, able to fix wounds and calm night terrors. But if we're being honest, blood makes me queasy as all get out, and when my son hears something in the closet at night, I get freaked out too. And when both of my children gang up on me, I'd also love to run the other way. I do a bit better job at faking it than Ci and usually manage to get the job done (unless there's too much blood), but I can empathize with not feeling like you're really equipped for a job at which you're supposed to be a natural.
Fortunately, for Ci, Lippington loves him no matter what and has come to accept him for what he is. She told the paper, "He might be the worst sheepdog in Britain but there's no way we would be without Ci, he's part of the family."
Personally, I think it's those sheep that need some help, not Ci. They look mean!
What do you think of Ci the sheepdog?
Image via YouTube