MIRK ("Talraz Supertramp") is a big handsome tricolour boy, son of MEG by Ch & Ir Ch Gallus Macracker at Kyleca JW ShCM
Full brother to the late BLAZE, he was returned to us at age six months from his first home, which didn't work out. Through no real fault of his own, he had become something of a handful, and for a few days his future was uncertain.
Everything changed when he was introduced to sheep for the first time!
Mirk as a young puppy, the tricolour markings very visible at this age
Here he is aged almost seven months, lanky and puppyish - until he rounded the corner and stopped in his tracks when he spotted the small flock of tester sheep in Jackie's training paddock
We saw then a glimpse of the keen herder he was to become
Within a few minutes, Jackie had him moving fluently around the flock in either direction
His eyes never left the sheep and his concentration was remarkable in one so young
In residence at Jackie's as a trainee sheepdog, Mirk maturing and looking fit and supple
Clearly enjoying the direction his life is now heading!
His long stride means that Mirk can cover a great deal of ground with very little effort
Still only nine months but making great progress with his lessons
Holding the Flock
Positioning himself to keep control of the flock, Mirk watches the straggler on the outside edge, and moments later jinks sidewards to prevent its escape
No commands, he works purely on instinct here
Aged ten months, and Mirk's profuse puppy coat proving a slight handicap!
Some skilful hairdressing was required to improve visibilty for him, and he clearly enjoyed all the attention
Aged eleven months, and wearing his full puppy coat, now at the pale stage
Looking very like his litter brother Blaze, though a touch leggier