I regularly see brief intervals of Lily stalking something I'm unaware of. On this morning I am very aware that she is stalking toward Coyote Mic who is near my feet.
When I started using Mic to move the flock out to pasture in the
mornings Lily kept intervening, running at Mic and giving me (and Mic) a
bit of a worry about her intentions. This repeated itself for a few
mornings. On this morning I delayed letting Mic work and let Lily
approach first. The flock of sheep are tucked up over the rise behind Lily. (This was also before we received out latest snow).
Mic doesn’t usually take kindly to investigation by the large dogs, yet
this morning she is very obliging with the greeting. I wonder if she
understood something about Lily’s earlier attempts to prevent her
working. If she knows she needs to help Lily understand her own
Oakley wanders over to check things out and with everything completed so
smoothly Mic and I move off. Amazingly when I send Mic around the
flock Lily does nothing this time, she doesn’t follow Mic but instead
moves into the flock. Some level of understanding was reached between the two dogs.