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Friday, 24 October 2014

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The adventures of Mirk, Jean’s border collie

A Cockermouth woman has published her first book about adventures with her border collie dog.

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paws for thought: Jean Tyres and Mirk read the book written about the border collie’s adventures

Jean Tyers, 69, of Gote Road, has written Paw Print, a journal about her 12-year-old Mirk.

Jean, who runs baby and pre-school swimming lessons at the Calvert Trust near Bassenthwaite, took on the sheepdog several years ago from a farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

The book details the holidays that they have had and the people they have met along the way.

Jean moved to the area in 2010 after she retired as a probation officer in Durham.

She said: “He was trained as a sheepdog so he still has that instinct to herd. He’s very friendly and likes to be out and about a lot.

“I was at an RSPB centre at the time when I was asked if I wanted a dog so I went to the farm to meet him and we bonded instantly.

“He’s very inspirational. People seem to stop having dogs when the get passed 60 as they think they are too old but Mirk has been such good company and a very important part of my life.”

The pair will attend a book signing at The New Bookshop, on Main Street, Cockermouth, from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, June 20.

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