Well, it seems as if a member of that flock grazing to reduce fire danger decided to diversify his skillset by visiting the Andy Butti Welding Technology Center.
“He was ornery and unhappy about being called cute,” joked Sylvia Verdugo, division assistant for Professional and Applied Technology.
The unexpected guest stayed overnight but was dismayed to learn that spring semester courses were already well underway.
“His farmers came to get him and took him back to his grazing duty after he spent a whole day and night here,” Verdugo said.
Seriously, people walking their dogs scared some of the sheep and they broke away from the flock. Welding Instructor Randy Naylor said it’s important for dog owners to understand and respect the purpose and duties of the sheep and the dogs that guard them.
“I run goats for fire suppression myself,” Naylor said. “Dogs need to be leashed, under control and people need to leave the animals alone. These are working livestock. In addition, many herders use guardian dogs and other animals to protect the flock, herd, etc. These animals have been bred specifically for this purpose for thousands of years. When they sense livestock in danger or distress, they attack and eliminate the threat.”