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This is Sophie.
She lives on a Farm.
She is a Shepherdess.
This is her dog, Missy.
Together, Sophie and Missy take care of her flock of sheep.
It is almost Springtime on the farm, and as the last cold nights of winter come to an end it means one thing for Sophie and Missy.
It’s the start of Lambing season.
Every year at the very beginning of Spring, Sophie and Missy stay up very late sitting with her flock of sheep as they wait for her ewes to have their lambs.
Ewes are the mummy sheep and Rams are the daddy sheep.
All Sophies ewes are nestled together safely in the lambing shed which has a thick layer of straw and hay on the floor.
This is done so that all the sheep and lambs stay nice and warm through the night.
It is very important to make sure that the little lambs stay nice and warm as soon as they are born, otherwise they could get sick.
Tonight, it’s very cold and very late as Sophie sits up drinking warm cocoa in her favourite old lambing chair that was used by her father and his father too!
Sophie has spent many nights in the lambing shed during lambing season.
Sophie remembers when she was a little girl falling asleep on her father’s lap while he sat up waiting for his ewes to lamb.
With a large woollen blanket to keep them warm, Sophie and Missy are snuggled together against the cold waiting patiently.
Little by little Sophie’s eyes are getting heavier and heavier until finally she nods off to sleep under the warm blanket.
Just then, she is woken with a start as Missy barks at Sophie and pulls on her sleeve.
Sophie quickly jumps up out of the lambing chair to see what’s the matter.
One of Sophies ewes has started to lamb!
Sophie rushes over to the sheep who is laying down in the soft straw.
She gently strokes the sheep and reassures her, and a few minutes later a beautiful little lamb is born onto the warm soft straw.
Just as soon as Sophie had checked the first lamb to be born, one after another the other ewes started lambing too.
That night Sophie and Missy were so busy that they scarcely had the chance to sit down.
Even though Sophie is very busy checking on all the ewes and lambs she notices that one tiny little lamb seems to be shivering in the cold.
Straight away Sophie grabs her warm woollen blanket, wraps the little lamb up in it and nestles him in next to his warm mum.
As morning starts to break, Sophie sits down just for a few moments in her father’s comfortable old lambing chair for s sip of cocoa, but exhausted by her long night and with heavy eyes, Sophie falls fast asleep.
A short time later Sophie is awoken by the warm bright sun shining into the lambing shed and onto her face.
Straight away she remembers the cold little lamb and jumps up to go and check on him.
She is pleased to see that the little lamb is cosy and warm snuggled up in between his mum and Sophies wonderful dog Missy.
What better friend could you have in the world, Sophie thinks to herself, than a wonderful dog like you.
A Message From Jessie
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