Estrays said he lived on the streets for over 10 years, until he was approached by social workers who introduced him to an after school programme where they were taught carpentry.
Also, his mother was lucky to get a house from her employers and Estrays moved in with his family in 1998.
Estrays remarked that it was not easy to leave the streets, especially when his sisters did all they could to make him feel as if he was not part of the family.
As the number of strays waned, however, so did the number of Courts of Estrays.
At one time a sheep could walk all the way between Llandudno and Cardiff without coming across a fence," said Allen Pugh, a retired detective sergeant who now presides over the Denbighshire Courts of Estrays.
Not only did they help prevent rustling, they identified stray sheep: Mr Pugh's subsequent employment as a Court of Estrays steward was always a logical step.