Great sheepdogs we’ve known

Our tribute to some of the finest sheepdogs and working dogs we’ve known

Close-up photo of Novice Champion glen lying under a bench, with puppies all around him

Novice sheepdog trials champion – Glen – 238575

A great Scottish Sheepdog – Davidston Glen (1998 – 2011) From a long line of champions Glen was bred by N G McEwan in Kincardine, Scotland, by Scottish Team member Davidston Cap 201111 (owned by Mary Caul) and out of Gael 192892 (N G McEwan). When he was a year old, Glen was sold to a farmer in Perthshire before moving to Suffolk a few months later. He became a … Read More
Close photo of Denise Wilkinson's Agility Champion dog, Tinker Tia

Denise Wilkinson’s dog agility star, Tia

Our tribute to a remarkable agility dog . . . Denise Wilkinson’s “Tinker Tia” Dog Agility Grade 7 (Advanced) – ISDS 267931 When Denise Wilkinson collected her eight week old puppy from us, she told us she was going to make “Tinker Tia” into a Dog Agility Champion. Well, you know how it is, you take these things with a “pinch of salt”.As time goes by, you forget about it … Read More
Close-up photo of Aled Owen's first Roy (ISDS 200199)

A sheepdog to remember – Aled Owen’s Roy 200199

This true sheepdog story is our tribute to Aled Owen’s (first) Roy ISDS 200199 Updated Wed 23rd Jan 2013 First posted here on August 1st 2003, A Dog to Remember appeared in the Jan/Feb 2003 issue of International Sheepdog News and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author Austin Bennett. Photo of Roy – by kind permission of Wayne Hutchinson , double supreme champion (and since then, three … Read More
Photo of Derek Scrimgeour's Ben with a small bunch of sheep on a rocky hillside

Derek Scrimgeour’s Ben – 220939

BEN was the Cornerstone of Killibrae Sheepdogs & star of Derek Scrimgeour’s Sheepdog Training Book: “Talking Sheepdogs” Before his retirement, Ben was a tremendous hill and trial dog – kind but very positive in his handling of the sheep. Derek Scrimgeour’s Ben 220939 – a Killibrae dog He was equally at home working on Derek’s Lonscale Farm near Keswick in Cumbria or at the most important sheepdog trials in the … Read More
Lovely portrait photo of Kay in the snow

Cammen Kay – our unsung hero?

Quietly in the background, with no fuss or bluster, we didn’t always give Kay her due! When we bought Kay, at about one year old, our intention was to train her but not, necessarily, to keep her forever. Yet I think Kay is probably the only dog we haven’t ever suggested we could sell. When Andy first started to plan (as much as we ever plan anything) we picked three … Read More
A trainee sheepdog bringing a small group of sheep

A Fine Sheep and Cattle Dog in the Making

Introducing Dulcie – daughter of – granddaughter of The latest addition to our team of working dogs is Dulcie. She’s the daughter of Bronwen and Oliver. Bronwen was one of our best ever sheep and cattle dogs, and features in our where we compare the litter sisters Scylla (the naughty one who takes ages to train) and Bronwen (who got the sheep into the training ring in her very first … Read More
Closeup photo of Dot looking out over the Welsh mountains of Corwen

Andy’s First Dog, Dot

Fifteen years ago today. This is little Dot, the herding dog that changed my life! After a turbulent start, Dot went on to become an excellent dog with both cattle and sheep She features in our (written in 2003). We had a lot of fun with Dot. In the early stages of her training I very nearly returned Dot to her breeder because she wasn’t doing the things I understood, … Read More
Mel lying on the grass looking happy

The End of an Era – Mel

So sad to report that Mel died yesterday One day I’ll write a page in memory of Mel. She’s probably the greatest sheepdog we’ve ever had the privilege to know and work with. Mel’s “yampy” (quirky, carefree) look, that we loved so much Mel’s daughter Carew was far easier to control around sheep, and was definitely easier to stop (I couldn’t actually get Mel to stand still with her four … Read More
Close up photo of Carew the sheepdog standing on a fallen tree

Farewell to Carew, we wish her the best

Would you part with one of the best sheepdogs you ever had? The last few days at Kings Green Farm have been something of a roller coaster. At the end of last week we had the trauma of the , and then huge relief when we heard from North Wales. Right from the early days of her training it was obvious that Carew was outstanding. On Friday we had the … Read More
Black and white femail collie with a half-white face and a blue eye

Our Pearl – lovely sheepdog – great mum

A small tribute to a wonderful dog – PEARL – 258969 Pearl was born on the 8th February 2002 and died in 2018. She was the daughter of (A D Scrimgeour) and Tillymauld Nell 241682 (T R Lawrenson) Pearl, one of the early sheepdogs who taught us so much (mostly that we weren’t as clever as we thought) As well as producing excellent sheepdogs and cattle dogs, Pearl’s pups do … Read More
Carew calmly controlling her sheep

Our team of working sheepdogs – Carew

Carew is a highly skilled worker on a sheep farm Carew looks as well as she works Carew is a tricolour (black/white/tan) rough coated border collie sheepdog. She was born on 10th March 2011 and is . Equally at home gathering 200 or more ewes with lambs at foot, or pushing them up in tightly packed sorting pens, Carew’s highly skilled at flock work, driving, pen work and loading sheep … Read More
Closeup photo of Dot looking out over the Welsh mountains of Corwen

Little Dot – Andy’s first sheepdog

They say you ruin your first sheepdog . . . If I had Dot today, her training would be very different This is Dot, a daughter of . Dot was my first sheepdog back in 2002. They say you ruin your first sheepdog, and there’s certainly some truth in that. I was much too hard on Dot right from the beginning because I knew nothing about sheepdog training and I’d … Read More

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