Silver tribute to hero dog Tip

MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Tip the Dog, who died in 1955.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Tip the Dog, who died in 1955.
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A heart-rending story of a dog’s loyalty to its master which has inspired people for more than a century is to be celebrated with a new trophy at Hope Show this year.

A hundred years ago Joseph Tagg won a silver cup for ‘Best Dog’ in the Local Class of the Hope Valley Sheepdog Trials.

SALUTE TO A HERO: A memorial was set up to Tip.

SALUTE TO A HERO: A memorial was set up to Tip.

Joseph was a well-known sheepdog breeder and a founder member of the local sheepdog trials in the Hope Valley in 1905.

He was also something of a top dog himself, as he inspired tremendous loyalty in his sheepdogs.

In 1953, aged 86, he had set off with his dog Tip to tend to some sheep in the Upper Derwent Valley on an icy cold day in December and failed to return.

He was found 15 weeks later having died in the snow; his dog Tip had loyally remained with him and survived.

The silver cup that Joseph Tagg won at the 1912 Show is to be reinstated at Hope Show this year and awarded to the winner of the highest-pointed shepherd in the Open Class, in his honour.

In the 1912 Hope Valley and District Sheepdog Trials, held at Hope, where Joseph was triumphant in the ‘Local Class,’ many cash prizes were in guineas, admission was ‘One Shilling’, programmes cost 2d and dinner at the Peak Hotel in Castleton could be had for 1/6d.

THE show, on Bank Holiday Monday, is a great family day out in the beautiful Peak District, affording a glimpse of life in the countryside.

A traditional agricultural show dating back to 1853, based on farming customs and run by an army of volunteers, Hope Show raises money for local societies and charitable organisations.

The object of the society is to promote and support the development of interest in agriculture and the rural way of life.

This year at the show, visitors can expect to see sheepdog trials, show jumping; heavy horses; cattle and sheep; alpacas; gundog competitions; vintage cars, motorbikes, tractors and engines; a horticultural tent; crafts and numerous children’s attractions.

So why not go along to Hope Show on Bank Holiday Monday August 27 and see which is to be the top dog this year.

For more information, contact Hope Show secretary Ginny Priestley by emailing or visit the website