This weekend the big adventure was attending a local event, Bark in the Park, as a vendor for my business Stylish Canine. The event is in the center of San Jose, California and lasts all day long. But what does this have to do with dog adventures? Well, there are hundreds if not thousands of dogs who attend (they estimate 10,000 people and it seemed like every family there had at least one dog with them!). What felt like hundreds of booths. There are demos for flyball, herding, and more. And one of those… herding… is where our adventure comes in.

Herding you say? Sheep? Sheep dogs? Adventure time!

So here was the highlight of the day for me (and no, it wasn’t the dog fight a few booths over that started off the day). I was wandering over to see another member of the SFEtsy team (an Etsy thing) at her booth, Curry n Pepper, and purchase some of her amazing dog treats. I was milling about and hear a commotion, and turn to see the following burst through a crowd of people:

Sheep at Bark in the Park San Jose.

The sheep burst through the crowds, to the surprise of pretty much everyone.

That’s right, four sheep come bursting through a crowd of people surrounding the herding demo area. The sheep were on a mad dash right through a crowd of people with insanely barking leashed dogs, children, and booths. They were also being chased by a flock of young children in Boy Scout and Brownie uniforms.

The sheep took off between a couple booths, ran down a dirt road behind them, then looped through the booths again to run back through the crowds of people and barking dogs. And who was on the case?

One border collie, who kept all four of those sheep together and didn’t bat an eye at all the chaos that was ensuing.

Border collie at Bark in the Park San Jose 2014

A border collie was on the case and kept those sheep together.

My jaw was on the ground watching that border collie work those sheep no matter where they went. Bystanders were trying to pet them, some people were trying to catch them, but that border collie kept the sheep together despite everything that was going on. I wandered off when the sheep and dog were largely out of sight, gosh knows where (running towards a street at that point… sigh).

Half an hour later

I had returned to my booth by then, but heard another commotion much later on. I turn to see this (and quickly grabbed my camera this time):

Sheep at Bark in the Park San Jose 2014

Here they come.

That’s right, the sheep were still loose! Some (different) bystanders were trying to catch the sheep, as some other people were yelling at them to stop.

The border collie was still on it, although don’t ask me what that guy is doing!

Sheep at Bark in the Park San Jose 2014

Bystanders trying to help (they weren’t), and the hard working border collie.

But I actually saw the point at which this dog decided it was a lost cause, shrugged, turned around, and wandered off:

Border Collie at Bark in the Park San Jose 2014

“I think I need a coffee break. This is ridiculous.” — Border Collie

Whew, what an adventure!

And where was our adventure dog?

Super Dog Cape being worn by Mort.

Super dogs be super. Mort wearing his Super Dog Cape.

He wishes he was flying, but he was grounded at home waiting for us to return.

Check back later this week to learn more about ayurveda for pets and the treats I got at the Curry n Pepper booth! Not only will you learn about what this is, you’ll also find out what kind of dog Mort is. I bet you’ll never guess!

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About Author

Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.