July 1937 – February 1945.
Cap was almost lost to the United Kingdom, as both his sire and dam were exported to America. He passed into the hands of Mr. J. R. Robertson of Cockburnspath, Berwickshire and had received some useful hill training when J.M. Wilson, the supreme trainer, took a fancy to him. So Cap went to Whitehope, where so many champions had been trained.
But those were grim war-time years and the dog never got the chances to display his ability at sheep-dog trials. He worked hard on the hills, but breeders brought good bitches to him from parts of Scotland, England and Wales. He was, in fact, the only stud dog during the trying years of the war and it is not too much to say that he saved the breed from serious deterioration.
With thanks to Cynthia McCracken.