This is part two of a three part series wherein I will take a look at the April 1957 Wild West Magazine article titled Brag Dog by Terry Sanders. I will highlight passages with contents salient to the English Shepherd breed. A link to a high resolution scan of each page will be provided at the end of each part.
At the beginning of page two, the author states that 20 years prior (estimated 1937), after a long lull in popularity, the need for English Shepherds was resurgent due to cattle boom. It was at this time that he would have liked to have had an English Shepherd. He goes on to lament the difficulty in locating such a dog, stating that dog magazines did not mention English Shepherds and the American Kennel Association (AKC) did not recognize or register the breed.
In his quest to find a cowdog such as his uncles and grandfather had owned, the author notes his good luck in finding a farm magazine's advertisement placed by Tom Stodghill. In his ad, Mr. Stodghill was selling "Genuine, old-fashioned, black-and-tan English shepherds". The author quickly ordered a dog and put it to work. At this point, it appears the author himself becomes a breeder of English Shepherds. The remainder of page 2 describes the various livestock management task for which he and his friends/neighbors employed their English Shepherds.