There's a Bob Spencer song that used to be on the ABC called Bob the Kelpie.
Sheep are cute, sheep are beaut, sheep are soft and curly
But when I take them into town, I have to start up early
They never go the way I want, and I need someone to help me
I just give a whistle and I call for Bob the kelpie
Well, a kelpie is an Australian breed of sheepdog. They are named after mythical beasts from Scottish folklore. Unlike their namesakes, they don't especially like water.
What they really, really like and are bred to do is to round up sheep. They love to run, they can run all day and not get worn out. They are good at jumping, and
they can jump over the stockyard fence and run along the backs of the sheep in the yard. They are very intelligent and learn how to follow the directions of their shepherd. They are also very gentle and don't usually bite the sheep (unlike their Aussie counterparts the blue heelers who nip the heels of the cattle). When they are rounding up sheep they go into "stealth mode" and circle around the flock preventing escapees. They get down low and go, go, go! The kelpie will stare at the sheep as if willing them to stay put , it really does look like the dog is psyching out the sheep.
We have plenty of room for her to run around. Her favourite activity is to chase a ball, but she will chase a stick or a magpie if there is one around.
She is named Maggie after Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan from MASH. So far all of our pets have been named after MASH characters. We had a budgie named Radar, and our other dog is BJ. Well, we would've looked a bit silly calling her Hot Lips so we decided on Maggie.
Kelpies come in a few different colours, but Maggie is black and tan. Koko the kelpie who stars in the Australian film "Red Dog" is red, obviously. I highly recommend that movie, if you like love stories and dog stories this one is perfect for you! Much much better than 'Marley and Me'.
Maggie is gentle and kind. She loves to be outside. When she is worn out from running around chasing things she will lie by the fire with her nose under her paws and snooze.
She never chases cars since she is a bit scared of them. She doesn't like the hose much either.
She really is the perfect pet for our family.