Lowri - Since Thor is spending a lot of time up at the house, PR suggested just leaving the barn open. That will allow Thor to go in and out as he pleases without having to go up to the top of the pasture, wiggling under the fence and then going exploring. Now he can also put himself away. TM is just waiting for the weather to clear up so she can put up the electric fence. That should be next weekend. Thor has one last week of freedom before he gets locked back up with the stock.
TM is also going to get him a puppy. That should make Thor happy. She knows it is her fault that he wants to be up at the house. She pets on him every time she goes out to the barn. She KNOWS she isn't supposed to. He is the stock protector. He does take that job seriously, he just wants to be pet on too. It is a tough balance, and TM knows she didn't get it right. She is going to try harder with the puppy when they get one.
As for me, I got to herd the big mamas today. We didn't count the lambs, but I did move everyone around the field. It was great fun. I did lots of bouncing, but I also listened to TM. I may grow up to be a good stock dog - NAH! To much fun to bounce <G>