1957

This was my first Rough Collie that I bought as my own 21st birthday present in July 1957. He was 12 weeks old and had traveled from Yorkshire to Hertford by train. They did this in those days. I had bought him from the top kennel of the day and his name was LIGHT CAVALRY OF LADYPARK. He was not a great show dog but he had a wonderful temperament (for those days when the breed had far too many very nervous specimens). I would go shooting pigeons that at that time were a real menace, and he would retrieve them for me. I did show him quite a lot and he won a Best in Show award at his very last show. He taught me a few lessons as well. He did carry a very heavy coat, at least for the 1950’s, and he was well made constructionally. I left him with my parents when I got married. Barbara had her Sandy (BIRCHBOUGHS BARON) that she wanted to keep as her parents were not keen on looking after him. The two dogs would not have got on.