10, 1993 - October 2001
was our first Border Collie. Although Alan loves Storm, he always
admired the working ability of the American Border Collie. When
Mike was offered to us by Russell McCord he jumped at the chance
to own his first Border Collie.
was about 10 months old and had had a month or so of training. He
was a litter mate to Russell McCord's Sam. So Mike, who we thought
was a hound the first time we saw him came to town. He was a tri-colored
smooth coat, neither of which we had seen before. Mike may have
rivaled Flirt as the perfect dog. Anyone who ever met Mike was stuck
by his quiet, calm demeanor. He never met anyone he didn't like
and could be trusted to always be on his best behavior whether at
a show, trial, or in school as a therapy dog. Mike was truly one
in a million!
he dabbled in agility, Mike's first love, next to Alan, was herding.
He got his AKC novice agility title in 3 straight shows with all
herding, at his first 2 trials he went High in Trial both days.
He also had multiple High and Reserve High in Trial awards. He and
Alan were inseparable around the farm. Wherever Alan went, Mike
was always on his heels! The question, Where's Mike? was usually
followed with, look behind you.
lost Mike last fall, much too early. He now lies at the gate to
a field now known as Mike's Field. We will never forget him and
he will be missed by all who knew him, none more than his best buddy,