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Delta throwback: These dogs showed their herding stuff

The competitions test the working abilities of herding dogs
John Wickson of Campbell River with his dog, Scott (far right) took second place in the 1972 competition.

Let’s go back again to 1972 to the Ian Paton Sr. farm on 88th Street in East Ladner.

On Sept. 16 of that year, the B.C. Sheep Dog Trials Association held a competition at the farm.

Dogs herded a pack of five sheep from one end of a field into a pen, after directing them through two gates and separating two of the sheep from the set of five.

John McCougan of Surrey won the contest with his nine-month-old dog, Dot. Dot was imported from Scotland, where her father won the Winston Cup, making him champion of England and Scotland.

The first dog trials were said to have been held in New Zealand in 1867.