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I just learned of the death of Donald McCaig yesterday. This a great loss to the working border collie world. He was a tireless advocate of the working border collie and a great storyteller. If you read only one of his books, I suggest An American Homeplace, which is the story of how he and his wife Anne left the PR world of NYC for a sheep farm in the Virginia Highlands.

Godspeed, Donald.

 

J.

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Oh, I am SO sorry to hear this.

He and I met up twice and he was SO gracious.

I will always remember him well.

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He was very supportive of me. I will miss him. Give Sirrah a pat from us, Sheepdogging geezer.

And thank you

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I am so sorry to hear the news.  Read his book "Border Collie Wars" soon after getting Cowboy.  It changed how I will think and act concerning Border Collies forever.

His voice on the board was always one to read and listen to.  I will certainly order  An American Homeplace shortly.

RIP good Sir.

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I was afraid to open this thread just by the subject. I never met Donald but enjoyed bantering and reading about his experiences and wisdom he continuously shared here. RIP Donald, you were a gift to so many here and abroad. 

ETA: I just purchased An America Homeplace, thanks for suggesting that, Julie.

https://www.amazon.com/American-Homeplace-Virginia-Bookshelf/dp/0813917751/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Julie, thanks for notifying here. It is so hard to accept that another legend is gone. I think I have all his books, but will double check on "The American Homeplace". I will definitely re-read "The Dog Wars".

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Patrick Burns, aka Terrieman, has good things to say about Mr. McCaig. They were friends and thought alike. You can find today's post and an article by Mr. McCaig, written some years ago, at terriermandotcom.blogspot.com  It's a good read.

Ruth & Gibbs

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50 minutes ago, gcv-border said:

 "I will definitely re-read "The Dog Wars".

I think that to honor Donald and the decades that he was an advocate for the Working Border Collie, every Border Collie owner should read "The Dog Wars".   

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I am deeply sad to read this news. I never met him, but always eagerly read what he had to say on this forum, and respected his opinion whether it was the same as mine or not. The Dog Wars is a book I have recommended to many people over the years, and it has changed many minds about dogs and border collies.

I always looked up to him for his knowledge, his grace and his politeness. He was a good dog man and a gentleman. I will miss reading his words very much.

Godspeed, Mr. McCaig.

(I am ordering An American Homeplace today)

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Vale Donald, a true gentleman and tireless advocate for the working Border Collie.

You will be missed, even by those who knew you only through your words.

 

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Aw shoot.   I was worried because he wasn't posting nearly as much as he used too.  He was just such a great guy.  I read Nop's Trials many years ago.  Great writer, too.

Miss you Geezer.  God speed.  

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this is a very sad news. I did not meet him in person, but I treasured all the suggestions, knowledgeable advice he has given on this board. Rip Donald.

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Very, very sad news. I have three of Donald McCaig's books and always enjoyed the discussions and thoughts he shared here.  He will be greatly missed. 

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As soon as I saw the title of this post I had a really bad feeling. Mr McCaig contributing so much to the world of Border Collies, I read Border Collie wars when I first joined these boards and although I had an understanding of the fight, the dedication that went into the fight was was inspiring. 

I will miss his insightful comments and simply his love of dogs. 

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