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Let us meet some of Drew’s Beardies though some are no longer living.









Queenie, now deceased, was Drew’s first Beardie which he obtained from his father.

Drew emphasized she was a working dog, not a house dog, but certainly Queenie (with a name passed down from royalty) had her own set of rules. She always slept outside until one night she experienced lightening and thunder. She battered the door until it opened up on its own, and then, thereafter, she made sure she slept inside. After 3 to 4 weeks of determination, she relocated her sleeping spot to the sofa.

She was good tempered, but forceful about what the other dogs should be allowed to do. She was the undisputed leader among the dogs; other dogs dare not touch their food until she finished eating. She enforced this attitude upon the other dogs in her own quiet way; puppies (even from litters not her own), however, were under a different set of rules; they were allowed to eat until they became too old for her to allow it to continue.

According to Drew’s daughter, Janet, she also played football (playing ball on the ground) well enough to be on a team.


Queenie had a litter of two males. Queenie was bred to Obi (a Border Collie mix with a touch of Beardie in him). Obi loved to work cattle. Drew kept both puppies from this litter.

Broonie, was a brown Beardie. His brother was named Blackie. Drew indicated these two boys were the best working Beardies that he ever had. They were good “all- rounders.” They worked together; and they could even go with him when he did hunting of rabbits, hares, etc.


Left to Right: Obi , Blackie (brother to Broonie) and Broonie. This picture represents a typical winter’s day when the elements of dealing with snow must be encountered. Like most shepherds, Drew didn’t like the situation when snow balled up into their coats. Some occasions required that Drew cut the coats off to remove the balls of snow. Also, if the snow collected on their coats, it weighted them down. Drew felt it was likely painful to the dogs; so he made sure they didn’t have to be in that situation for very long once it happened.


Tote was a daughter of Queenie. Her sire was Obi, who sired Broonie and Blackie. She was like her mother regarding her working abilities. She loved to jump on the tractor or into the car.

One of Drew’s stories about Tote was that she had been out in the fields working one day. Apparently some Italian tourists stopped along the roadside with their car and opened the door. They wanted to just pat Tote on the head. But Tote loved going for rides so she jumped into the car and positioned herself into the back seat. She wouldn’t get out. So the tourists drove 8 or 9 miles to the nearest police station, and once the police learned where the people first saw Tote, they knew to call Drew on the telephone. Drew didn’t even know she was missing, but upon whistling for all the dogs, he discovered Tote was not there.

Although a similar incident never happened again, Drew to this day blames the tourists not Tote for her adventure. Tote has brown in her coat, and is a tri-colored Beardie.


Bob, as a puppy, was being held by Drew’s son-in-law, Barry. Drew had many dogs at the time so he sold Bob to another individual. However, Bob was the sire to Drover, who is also on this website under "Other" then "Drover." Drover is owned by Mike of C/O Durham. Bob was sired by Broonie, and his dam, was Janet's Mollie.


A group photo includes left to right: Piddie (Border Collie, still living as of November 2009 at the age of 15 years), Tannie (lying next to Piddie in the upper left corner), Broonie (brown in color); Blackie (Broonie’s brother), Mollie (who had been Janet’s Beardie), Bob (appearing in the rear behind Mollie), Tote, Obi, and Drew's daughter, Kathy (married to Barry). Tannie is still living, age twelve as of November, 2009.


This group photo includes left to right: Tannie, Piddie, Rosie (Border Collie in water), Jeff (in the water facing the viewer), Skye (a brown half-Beardie), Jess (full sister of Skye, but she looked like a Border Collie), and Ben (Drew's Border Collie that is still living in November 2009.


Five Beardies left to right: Jeff, Bob, Blackie, Mollie and Broonie. Mollie, now deceased, belonged to Janet.


Jeff and Tannie are still living with Drew, though Tannie, age 12, is more or less retired from working. Tannie was also a good "all-rounder" working dog though he was better with sheep than with cattle. Tannie worked well with Jeff.


Tannie, smile for the camera!


In this working picture, Tannie would have been the main working dog.


In this picture, you see Jeff, age 10, with Drew and Janet.


Jeff prefers to roll his own snowballs.


Jeff had a moment to himself. Jeff was a litter brother to Bob (seen above with Drew's son-in-law, Barry). Jeff was given to someone as a puppy. Jeff was a difficult dog for his new owner to keep under command. Eventually, Jeff returned to live with Drew around 20 months of age. Jeff had to learn he could no longer “be the boss.” Within a very short time, Jeff learned to work stock under Drew’s guidance. According to Drew, he learned more quickly than any other dog that Drew ever had. Drew was amazed that a dog in that age bracket could readjust and "learn" so quickly.

Jeff is described by Drew as a “horn clanker.” He is VERY powerful, especially when driving sheep over long distances. An example of a long distance would be when Drew might take the sheep on a six mile drive over the hills to a new location. Pictures demonstrating this appear in the working section.



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