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Sheep Herder’s Lawsuit

A Montana Folktale

A sheep herder from Montana fell afoul of the law and hired a lawyer to get him off if he could. The lawyer realized that it was an open and shut case, and advised the sheep herder to pretend that he had a bit of Sheep Herder’s Complaint.

Sheep Herder’s Complaint strikes the average man who is surrounded by the ever present baa-ing of sheep every day, week after week, year after year. Soon, the sheep herder’s vowel sounds all begin to sound like the bleating of a sheep.

When this particular sheep herder had his day in court, he followed his lawyer’s advice and answered every question with a mournful bleat like a sheep. The judge finally threw the case out, concluding that the sheep herder was incompetent and a complete numbskull from his constant contact with his flock.

Outside in the hallway, his lawyer congratulated him on winning the case, and said: "Now, how about my fee?"

"Baa" replied the sheep herder and left the courthouse.


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S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series published by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of “let’s pretend” quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children’s Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.