Church Farm Ardeley

A Free Range Experience

Wednesday Walkies with Sid the Sheepdog

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Sid the Sheepdog after his Off the Lead experience.

Sid the Sheepdog after his Off the Lead experience.

“Ruff” said Side the Sheepdog as he was shocked and disappointed at the way some people just ignore important things like the Countryside Code. On this occasion it was his pupil Chicken Dave and there was only one thing for it, he would have to teach him the lesson.

Gates in the countryside are of course very important to keep humans out of places that belong to animals.  If the animals allow the humans to come and visit they are expected to wipe their feet and close the gate behind them.


Poor old Dave the Chicken was to learn a lesson he would not easily forget.

The first Wednesday Walk of March 2016 got off to a bad start with this breach of etiquette and instead of putting Chicken Dave on the lead Sid decided he would go free range this week.

Out of the open gate and into the world of complete freedom, no pupils to worry about and time to have a bit of fun.

Time to check out if Tony the Butcher has left me any food at the butchery before CD realises what he has done.

Nothing, but it is always worth checking, here comes that familiar call…

blue ballSid, where are you?” called Chicken Dave not using his nose again! To give him credit though he did think of bringing two of my favourite things; biscuits and a bouncy creature they call a ball.  Clearly he hasn’t realised though that freedom and teaching people about the countryside code is even more important.


So I toyed with him for a while, collecting biscuits along the way and teasing him into thinking he might be able to catch me…ridiculous thought.

He went asking other people including a little girl and her mother if they had seen a sheepdog and they had spotted me in the butchery again. Time for a quick and nimble escape and back off into the land of freedom, what fun.

The smell of the butchery though has some sort of mysterious power over me and I think I may have been drugged as I began to follow the Chicken Man towards the Café.

Feeling a bit drowsy I was presented by two of my other favourite things both beginning with S for and sausage

Su and Sausage.  I felt a bit weak and fell into her arms as she fed me one of those funny Flat Nose Fingers and it had all been worthwhile.


Chicken Dave looked a bit upset but he won’t leave the gate open again, I got a sausage and good run about without any responsibility for a change.

Humans can be such hard work.

See you all next week.




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