Hey, hi! We’re at Rhinebeck together, right this very minute, enjoying the sights and sounds, snacks and scents of the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. Every year I make sure to ditch the book barn for a few minutes to watch a sheepdog demo. The way a sheepdog works—how do they do that?—will never not fill me with wonder and humility at all the things I cannot fathom in this world. What makes a dog want to be helpful to humans? What makes a dog able to be helpful to humans?
I also always, without fail, think of the movie Babe, and cherish a small hope that someday I’ll see a sheep-herding pig in real life.
If you’re not at Rhinebeck this weekend, settle in and enjoy this marvelous 1995 movie and its imagination of the life of animals. (As always, I identify with the ewes.) And if you’re at Rhinebeck, put it in your queue (it’s free with a Starz trial subscription, or just rent it from Amazon—it’s 4 bucks well spent) and enjoy.
In the MDK Shop