A trio of 4-month-old sheep guard-dogs-in-training working on a mountain side near Missoula found the allure of city life visible below too hard to resist and bolted for a residential neighborhood where they ended up being impounded by the city dogcatcher.

Owner John Stahl says that the three Maremma sheepdogs are among eight he's training to protect his sheep flocks.

Stahl, a Missoula sheep rancher, has a contract with the city to provide weed control on Mount Jumbo and the North Hills and uses several hundred sheep.

The three dogs showed up at Blossom's Bed and Breakfast on Friday.

Owner Blossom Savage says dogs on Mount Jumbo must be on a leash, so she was surprised when "these wonderfully cute puppies" came down the hill.
Associated Press