It’s not often that a hospital visit to see a relative yields a new-found love.


But the day Lincolnshire farmer James Read set eyes on sheepdog puppies advertised in Farmers Weekly, a journey – not just to Wales, but for himself personally – was set in motion.

But even though James had always had a fondness for dogs from a young age, he could never had imagined what lay ahead when the next morning he drove to Wales to select his puppy.

“It all happened out of the blue, as I wasn’t reading the magazine looking for a dog,” he recalls. “But when I saw the name Ken Powell next to these sheepdog puppies – because I had seen Ken on the television programme One Man and His Dog – I knew the dogs would be well bred.”