A confused border collie attempted to herd a giant sheep statue after thinking it was part of her flock.
Daisy, a two-year-old sheep dog in training, was on a walk with owner Paul Flynn, 60, when she spotted the 25ft light-up sculpture.
She started barking at the fake sheep, which has been installed as part of Durham’s Lumiere light festival, before deciding it needed to be rounded up and taken home.
Paul said: ‘She’s a really fun dog who always has a little bit of a play.
‘We enjoy the walk in together and she can walk all the way through Durham city centre off the lead.
‘She’s a sheep dog in training so she’s still not there yet but I just told her to go up to it.
‘She sorta run past it and I could see she was a bit worried about it and I wanted her to get over that and realise it was something that’s plastic.
Daisy, a two-year-old Border Collie, was on a walk with her owner Paul Flynn, 60, in Durham, County Durham, when she spotted the massive statue (Picture: Paul Flynn/SWNS)
‘She then had a go at herding it which was kinda funny so I encouraged it further.’
They were on their way to East Durham College’s Houghall campus when she tried to round up the sheep – which is where Paul works as director of commercial farming.
When they were on their way home from work, Daisy attempted to herd the statue for the second time.
Paul said: ‘We came back that night and there was a really good crowd of people around the sheep, because it was lit up.
‘So I let her go and say hi to the sheep and give it a good barking at, but this time she was on the lead.
‘There was people there, including young children and families, so I let her say hello to it.
When they were on their way home from work, Daisy attempted to herd the statue for the second time (Picture:SWNS)
‘But someone did say turn around and say it’s made their day because they saw a Collie barking at the sheep.’
Paul often takes Daisy to work where she is looked after by the college’s animal management students.
He added that everyone who he sees when he’s on his way to work, loves to ‘cuddle and pet’ her.
Paul, of Clara Vale, Tyne and Wear, said: ‘She’s a much loved dog by everyone that I see in the morning.
‘She loves to be cuddled and petted by people and she knows that people will want to.
‘She’s always looking for that chance to say hello to people and make new friends.’
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