English Shepherds were the dog of choice on homesteads just a few generations ago. Our ranch had its beginnings in 1891 just a few miles down the road. The family moved to this place in 1909. Since the beginning, a variety of stockdogs have been part of the action. We have had many kinds and styles of dogs, but it was only in 2006 that we brought aboard a registered English Shepherd. Many people have asked me why I chose English Shepherds after all these years. That is easy! All along I have tried to get Aussie/Border Collie crosses, because I wanted a dog that worked, but was my companion on the days we weren't working. English Shepherds are that dog...thrilled to work for you, thrilled to lay at your feet when the job is done. If you doubt me, just look at the photo of Dally below!
Dally rests during our lunch break.
What a tired little cowdog!
This photo made the 2010
English Shepherd Club calendar
for the month of August!
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Our foundation stock started in 2006 with Rimrock Lone Firelight of Shepherd's Way, (ESCR, UKC, CGC, TD), aka "Lucas". Lucas is from Mary Peaslee's Shepherd's Way English Shepherds in Oregon. He was joined in July 2007 by Butcher's Foothills Elsa (ESCR, UKC, CGC) from DeAndra Butcher of Salina, Oklahoma. Together they produced three outstanding litters. One of the 2007 puppies named Rimrock Rimfire Dally (ESCR) stayed with us! Elsa now has been spayed and it is Dally's job to continue producing working English Shepherds. She produced her first litter in the spring of 2011 with Kumke's Partlow Hustler. I am currently debating on whether to breed her in the spring of 2012.
The dogs of Rimrock... 2009.
Lucas is famous!
He appears in the July/August edition of
in the rural history story
" 'Old Shep' Makes
see the link here
For more information about English Shepherds I recommend the English Shepherd Club. Their website, booklets, discussion groups, and newsletter "The Shepherd's Call" along with the English Shepherd Registry are an invaluable source.