June 23, 2023
While some pups are lapdogs, others love to perform their job. Sheepdogs, for instance, have such strong herding instincts that it’s not uncommon to hear about them trying to group children together. Tilly is a border collie not raised on a farm. But after a car accident separated him from his family, he was found starting a new life among sheep, reports My Modern Met.
The car crash happened on the state highway near Rathdrum, Idaho. Although no people were harmed, Tilly was ejected from the truck’s rear window and ran away into the grass after being spooked by the commotion. His owner, Linda Oswald, was worried about his safety and quickly shared the incident on social media to spread the word.
“Mike and I were in a car accident,” Oswald wrote. “We are good, but my dog Tilly is missing. He was thrown out and was seen running north.”
Two days later, Tilly was finally found in a much different environment. Travis and Zane Potter were attending to their farm when they noticed an extra sheepdog in the field. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, where did this dog come from, how did it get here?’” Travis Potter said. “I think that dog was trying to herd.”
After finishing his stint as a working sheepdog, Tilly was safely returned to his family. “He’ll herd anything,” Oswald commented. “When I go to the dog park, he tries to herd the people into one group.”
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