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Dog's Wild Ride on Tractor Causes Traffic Jam

Don the border collie had a more exciting morning than usual in Scotland

(Newser) - The old joke postcard about traffic jams in rural Scotland and Ireland pictures sheep cramming narrow country lanes, but this morning it was a different critter to blame altogether: It seems Don the border collie was out with his human, Tom Hamilton, on their sheep farm in Abington, Scotland, when... More »

How Border Collies Ward Off E. Coli

Researchers train them to keep gulls off beaches

(Newser) - A new defense against the nastiness of an E. coli infection during summer has four legs and a wagging tail. Researchers at Central Michigan University trained border collies to keep seagulls away from Lake Michigan beaches, a feat that in turn reduced the amount of infected droppings from the birds,... More »

How My Dog Learned a Toddler-Level Vocabulary

Patience and play helped Chaser learn 1K words: John Pilley

(Newser) - Chaser the border collie knows about 1,000 words, and if you believe a Duke researcher, she may be "the most scientifically important dog in over a century." But her skills aren't necessarily out of your dog's reach, writes Chaser's owner, John Pilley, in Time... More »

Missing Dog Found 2 Days Later, Up a Tree

Owner thinks he probably chased a squirrel

(Newser) - A 7-year-old border collie who was missing from his Iowa home for a few days didn't get very far—he only went up. Laddy the dog was found yesterday morning stuck up a tree two blocks from his Davenport home, the Quad-City Times reports. His owner says she believes... More »

For Bad Border Collies, a Solution: Rented Sheep

How to keep an antsy city herder happy

(Newser) - Sue Foster knew just what to do when her antsy border collie Taff got naughty: Rent him some sheep. Now Foster owns a herd of sheep, some land in Washington state, and two more border collies. "I never dreamed it would go this far," Foster tells the Wall ... More »

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