R.I.P   Australian Grand Champion Peppagrove Star Gazer

                                                          03/03/2001          to          23/12/2011              



"Owd Bob" 

by Alfred Ollivant (1898) 

Should you,
while wandering in the wild sheep land,
happen on moor or in market
upon a very perfect gentle knight,
clothed in dark grey habit,
splashed here and there with rays of moon;

free by right divine
of the guild of gentleman,
strenuous as a prince,
lithe as a rowan,
graceful as a girl,
with high king carriage,
motions and manners of a fairy queen;
should he have a noble breadth of brow,
on air of still strength
born of right confidence, all unassuming;

last and most unfailing test of all,
should you look into two snow-clad eyes,
calm, wistful, inscrutable,
their soft depths clothed on with eternal sadness
--- yearning, as is said,
for the soul that is not theirs ---

know then,
that you look upon
one of the line of the most illustrious
sheepdogs of the North.


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