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Shepherd sees job as another day at work

Posted: Friday, Oct 5th, 2012

Photo by John Barton For "Ramiro," getting a herd of sheep from place to place is routine.

DEL NORTE — With the elections coming up, the chaos in the Middle East and the financial condition we all are currently experiencing, the Del Norte area always finds a way to remind us that life is more than all the stress and problems of our everyday life.

Along the road the other day, the traffic slowed and then eventually stopped. Rather than a car accident or a broken vehicle, there was a highway full of sheep, slowly ambling down the road on a leisurely walk.

As people in the cars behind me were getting out to get some tourist photographs, I had the opportunity to meet Ramiro, who was herding the sheep atop his horse, with his dog doing most of the work.

By this time, my dog had decided that he was of sheepherder stock and went to help Ramiro’s dog circle the sheep into a pasture to allow the traffic to pass. Speaking with Ramiro, it was obvious that the job, his horse and his dog gave him great satisfaction, and probably one of the best jobs in the Valley. As we talked, we spoke of his travels, as he was in the process of herding the sheep all the way to Alamosa.

As I started to get some photographs of this wonderful sight of the sheep against the autumn trees, it was obvious that Ramiro was quite good at his job and the thought of bringing a couple of hundred sheep down the road from above South Fork to Alamosa was just another day at work.

As we spoke, he admitted that he liked herding cows more than sheep herding and was looking forward to his next task of pushing cows down from the mountains.

Finally, I got my dog to stop herding the sheep and as I was loading him and my camera into the truck, I remembered once again how wonderful life in the Valley and Del Norte is.

Next time the stress and the pressure get the better of you, take a look around at the beauty of our Valley and mountains and let everything fall into place.

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