We were working on a new section of highway. The project was over 6 miles long, so we moved along the highway, while we added drainage structures.
We reached one section, where the new highway was complete, but still closed, and were installing a headwall on the end of a large concrete culvert.
I don't know where she came from, but an Australian Shepard appeared and became a temporary mascot.
She was very friendly, and would arrive shortly after we started work. I worried, since we were only a few dozen feet from traffic, but she avoided that area. She was content staying with us and keeping track.
I watched her over the next few days, and was amazed. If we took a break, she would come visit and her instincts would kick in.
She'd wander around all the workers; moving behind; getting close and "herding" us into a smaller group.
The other workers never noticed her actions, but I did. I was amazed and fond of her, since she was so good at her task, nobody was the wiser.
She left before we finished the headwall. I don't know if her owner decided to pen her, or she found another "herd" to protect.
I felt honored she spent so much time with us. Whether it was an undeniable instinct, or she just liked being around us wasn't important. For a short time, we were special and she was a joy to have around.