Dog in a mist
When MTL and I lived, perforce, in Cheshire, we often escaped to our little cottage in Yorkshire. We would call in at my mother's house for a cuppa, a chat and a cuddle and then drive on through Todmorden and past Todmorden Town Hall,
where we first met when I was fifteen (MTL and his brother Liam had cycled up from Oxford, to meet Maddie and me.)
We would continue the journey over the bleak, misty moor near Haworth, with the wind howling and sometimes I swear i could hear faint calls of 'Kathy' and sometimes 'Heathcliff!' before we finally reached Kildwick. It was very eerie.
One bitterly cold night, with the mist freesing in the air I was memsmerised by the sight of this dog tied up by the side of the road. I got out to investigate. It seemed in good condition and not in any distress but I couldn't understand why it was so far from the farmhouse and how could it guard the sheep when it was tethered? Nothing if not nosey I took a photograph and sent it to one of the county maganzines; they kindly published it with my query. Maybe you already know the explanation; one of their readers certainly did.
The eye contact between the dog and the sheep is so powerful that the dog can stop the sheep in its tracks. Oh to have a power like that!