The somewhat bewildered herd stuck close together as they eyed their canine overlords, who in turn watched Billy carefully for instructions. It was a truly amazing show of discipline and intelligence as one dog took point while the other rested eagerly on haunches, ready to take his turn at herding the sheep around the polo pitch.
Using a combination of whistles, hand signals, and verbal commands, Billy led Kai and Ace through their paces, showing the crowd how herds are moved and maneuvered from Point A to Point Z. At one point, a lone sheep was separated from his compatriots (looking slightly chagrined and annoyed at his circumstances), and with mesmerizing precision, Billy and the dogs chivvied him back to his place in the flock.
Kai and Ace looked as if they were having the time of their lives — their disgruntled charges perhaps less so. In the end they all got an admiring round of applause, after which spectators were invited to bring their own pets onto the field in an impromptu dog competition for “biggest”, “smallest”, and “prettiest” dog.
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