In 65 years of dog trialling, Taupō farmer Barney Strong has owned more than a thousand dogs. Heading dogs and huntaways, dogs of all shapes and sizes and colours. And as Taupō and Tūrangi Weekender editor Laurilee McMichael discovers, while he can't remember them all, the good ones and the special ones have stayed with him.

Barney Strong won his first national dog trialling title in 1978 with a little yellow fellow named Cloud.

The "very small, very ugly wee fellow who was only about as big as your thumb when he was born" certainly had a silver lining.