Duffy the rough collie can't catch balls


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/03/duffy-the-rough-collie-cant.html


#2

But he never stops trying. Good boy.


#3

Maximum points indeed!


#4

Sorry to be the purist, but I cannot award maximum points for that truncated ‘Nessun dorma’. The lyrics become quite weird that way…

Duffy gets +100 for trying, though.


#5

Duffy catches better than I do.


#6

Except it isn’t a rough collie. It’s a sheltie collie, otherwise known as a Shetland Sheep Dog. I had one and not being able to catch is pretty typical of the breed.


#7

Aw, what a special doggy.


#8

A long time ago my girlfriend at the time had a Sheltie which she brought to my parents` sheep farm. Within 5 minutes the ewes had him cornered in the corral, with no hope of escape.

I lost some respect for the (admittedly beautiful and cute) breed at that point. Give me a border collie any day (assuming enough land for it to run).


#9

I was sitting on a ridge on the Isle of Skye recently watching a team of 4 border collies far below me work a flock. I was astonished at their endurance. It was far more than mine, the reason I was just sitting on the ridge.


#10

Came to say that. My dog is useless with balls, and has simply given up.

Edit - are sheepdogs just not very good with balls in general?


#11

When I was a kid, I had a border collie/husky cross who used to chase footballs down and burst them. Got me into a lot of fights in the park, that dog did.


#12

This is my favorite pet film since Ennui Cat.


#13

This is mine. He doesn’t run much these days, though. He’s 13 and arthritic.


#14

I have a German Shepherd, which we think of as police/service dogs, but they were bred to be, well, shepherds. She’s very good with catching balls or whatever


#15

All very good doggos. 14/10. Would pat for hours.


#16

Watching the video recalled my childhood.


#17

Good to hear it’s typical of the breed. My first thought was “I wonder if he/she has really bad eyesight…”


#18

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