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Howard and Margaret Butler own a farm in mid-Wales. They have
both sheep and cattle on their farm. Mrs. Butler was kind enough
to submit a copy of some written words about Don. These
words are shared here.
"In June, 1990, Margaret, Howard's wife, said that she wanted to go to
Stottesdon to see some Bearded Collie pups. At first Howard did
not understand why on earth would she want a rough coated dog
whose coat would get matted, tangled and very dirty! He also
doubted their working ability. Little did he realise at the time
what an intelligent breed they are with a wonderful temperament
As a pup Don was very mischievous and did
not mature to his full potential until three years of age. He
became a very versatile dog working both sheep and cattle.
Collecting one, two or the whole herd of cattle was no problem.
As soon as they saw Don, they knew that there was no escape!
He was a quiet unassuming dog, but always
in charge of the work in hand. An extremely faithful dog and if
work did not involve animals he would be quite happy to sit with
you for hours.
He did not like Howard holding Margaret in
any way; he would jump up as if to say: "Hey! We are a team of
Don is greatly missed by all. When
collecting sheep and cattle there seems to be a 'missing
person', although Mot his son is taking on the responsibility
well and is at the moment the only working dog on the farm. The
next step is to find a young bitch pup who will grow up
alongside Mot so as to ease his work load.
We remember Don with lots of love and affection."
Photo Courtesy of Lynne Sharpe
Don was asked to move the sheep.
Don doesn't crowd them.
Walk on! Steady!
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