5:49. The family of wrens that are nesting in the wisteria above the front door start to sing.
5:49:01. Bob joins them.
5:49:02. Sophie adds her voice to the dawn chorus.
6:02. Our morning routine. Angus sits on the front door step. The sun already brushing the mountains. Sophie clambers up onto his lap. Bob reverses and sits, facing forward, on his right foot.
Two minutes of undivided love and attention first thing in the morning and again last thing at night and sheepdogs know that all is right with the world. Then it's time to chase after blackbirds and dig a hole. They hare off across the lawn in the certainty that '' this is going to be the best day ever ".