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Facebook Pup Learns to Herd
Mark Zuckerberg introduces his dog to sheep for the first time

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, made headlines last year when their family grew by one 8-week Puli named Beast. Since then they’ve been spoiling the furry pup in their Palo Alto home. Beast has his own Facebook page and even escorted Priscilla down the aisle when the couple got married in May.

Going back to the Puli’s Hungarian Sheepdog roots, Zuckerberg recently took Beast on his first sheep herding lesson. Photos can be seen on the dog’s Facebook page in an album captioned, “Dad took me to herd sheep for the very first time!” Herding breeds are very active by nature, so it’s important to keep them stimulated by introducing them to activities like rounding up sheep.

It’s also pretty amazing to watch. I remember the first time that I brought my Border Collie, Remy, herding. He had never seen a sheep before in his life, but as soon as he saw the flock, he immediately ran over and started circling them. The natural instinct was incredible!

I hope that Beast’s herding adventure inspires others to find activities to share with their pets.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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Submitted by colette christi... | August 18 2012 |

Is it normal for mature shelties to enter a male and female mid-life crisis?
My nine and eight year old tri-color shetland sheep dogs seem to have a new cunning plan.
As I set down both Ashley's and Doogle's food, she initiated a barking frenzy, her brother Doogle distracted me with his barking, and I was forced to answer the front door as he raced to growl at any intruder. Meanwhile, Ashley trundeled back to eat the food in both bowls; hence, Doogle is now pining for kibble: Therefore, never underestimate the power of four bowls of food for an intelligent dog, my dogs have now pounded four bowls of kibble and I look like an idiot.
And Ashley started it!

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