I feel that breeding dogs is like providing other people with salt and light. Salt to preserve the goodness in life and give it flavor. And light to fill life’s dark rooms, so that we may see the goodness and hold on to hope. I came to dog breeding at a time after my wife … Read more
Please enjoy this free sample of American Farm Shepherds Illustrated compliments of the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association. If you’d like to receive a quarterly, full-color copy of American Farm Shepherds Illustrated by U.S. Postal mail, you can subscribe here. The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association is a Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation.
In your search for an Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd, you may come across a breeder who claims to have black and tans. Be aware that some breeders will inappropriately use “black and tan” as a marketing term. So, how can you tell the difference between someone who’s just trying sell you a dog … Read more
When I think of beauty, and when I think of the history of our great nation, these dogs are what I see in my mind’s eye. My father and my grandfathers shed blood in this nation’s wars so I could pursue liberty and happiness. As did my own wife, who along with my father are … Read more
Liberty is my 10.5 month old English Shepherd male. In this video clip, he helps me put the goats back after they’ve spent the early morning ruminating on orchard grass. Liberty has self-control, a strong presence but a soft touch when working my livestock. When he’s not working stock, Liberty enjoys ball fetch, disc catch, … Read more
OBTESA became a Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation on August 10, 2021. The initial board of directors was John Sherling, Larry Raulston and Tony Bierman. The mission of the Old-fashioned Black & Tan English Shepherd Association is to assist and promote the breeding, registration, training, and use of the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd bloodline. OBTESA … Read more
For a century or more, a culture and tradition has existed around the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd dog. John Blankenship’s father rode into town on an old gray mare with a black and tan at his side to drive home the livestock he purchased. Walter Oglivie followed on horseback while a pair of … Read more
I grew up the son of a preacher. I can remember a time during my childhood when dad was in-between churches. During that period, we spent about eighteen months living on the northside of Memphis in a neighborhood called Frayser. Times were tight without dad working. To make some extra money for the family, we … Read more