Shepherd's Way

Sheepherders in the Pacific Northwest

"I was herdin' one winter and I mean the weather was really bad, blowing and storming. My horse was standing outside. I used the rug on the floor, wrapped it around him with a wire. I woulda put him in the wagon with me if I coulda. Tied a bucket on his ass to shit in. I couldn't get him in. I tried but I could only get his head in. He couldn't come no further."

-Fred Murdi

Dog in winter

Trailing to the summer range
Through the woods


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"The main thing about sheepherding is let the sheep take care of themselves. Treat them good and they'll be all right. ... Always give them plenty of salt. If you're mean to a sheep he's mean to you. He just runs every Goddamn place. Treat 'em good and he's a friend. Smartest animals ever lived is a sheep. You can teach them to do anything."