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In two telephonic interviews with Peter Robertson on August 17, 2009 and
April 5, 2011, we learned he came from Cumbria, England. He began his
working life as a general farm worker. He relocated to Scotland in 1996. At
the time of the telephonic interviews, he was tending stock on a farm in
Glen Douglas, Scotland.
Peter is married to Sarah Smith, who also came from the Cumbria area of
England. Prior to her grandfather's passing, they had one Beardie named
Maggie. Maggie was joined by LeBrun's Jack (called Bill) when Sarah
inherited him from her grandfather, Edward ("Ted") Toolan; Ted had lived in
Briery Close, Cumbria. According to Peter, Ted had worked Beardies for forty
Maggie was bred to Ian Ross' dog, Rab, which mating produced a nice
litter to include their Beardie named Briery Nan. Peter and Sarah sent Nan
to Sarah's grandfather for training. She returned to live with Peter and
Sarah at approximately one year of age.
Bill and Briery Nan were bred to produce a litter to include a bitch
named Fin. The other pups went to live with their new owners.
Peter talked about how good their Beardies were with the children; yet
they completely switched to becoming all business when working both sheep
and cattle. As of April 2011, the lambing of ~1000 mule ewes was taking
place; another 2,000 sheep and 20 cows were also being tended by the dogs.
We were most fortunate to receive some images from Eva-Maria Krämer who
published them in her magazine Beardie Revue in the June 2006 issues.
The credit for all of the photographs below, taken in 2006, goes to
Christine Erdmann for www.beardienews.de.
We also have another working image taken by Rodney Snook (last picture
below) at a working
Beardie function in Scotland in May, 2007.