Celo Farm’s Tara

The late Celo Farm’s Tara was born September 25, 2002.  She was bred by James McGowen of Carousel Farm and owned by Fergus Pope.  Tara is of the Double RR Stormy dam line, a well-known ESBT dam line of maternal haplotype A1a A388.   I have met several of Tara’s descendants and even own a few … Read more

Sonny Tucker McCarty

Sonny Tucker McCarty was born in West Virginia on New Year’s Eve of 2003.  He was bred by Jim McGowen of Carousel Farm and owned by Alan McCarty.   Mr. McGowen used STM at least seven times, breeding him each time to one of two sisters, Carousel’s Lisa and Carousel’s Magnolia (Meg).  STM is a member … Read more

Rusty’s Boys at the Herding Clinic

Two of Rusty’s boys attended a Cathy Hartley herding clinic this weekend. By all accounts, Chase and Ruger represented our Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd bloodline well. Here’s a note from the clinic: You would have loved to have watched Chase and Ruger today at the herding clinic with Cathy Hartley!!!! It was Chase’s … Read more

Comanche Bluff Sassy Britches

This is the late Comanche Bluff Sassy Britches. Born 2004-01-25, Sassy Britches is of the important Hudson’s Lassie dam line, with maternal haplotype C2 C42/54/55. Sassy Britches had OFA Excellent hips, and she is an ancestor to several breeding quality females in use today, including my Vixen, John Sherling’s Meg, Larry Raulston’s Roxie Foley and … Read more

What goes into an Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd?

Why is it difficult for a retired urban professional in Portland to consistently breed dogs that are true to the ancestors bred by farmers of the southern Great Valley region? Because social influences, selection pressures and gene/environment interactions form the foundation of what makes an Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd what it is.

Vixen’s Puppies – Day 38

Today is litter day 38.  Yesterday we did our first Parvo vaccination.  For Parvo, I use NEOPAR by NEOTECH, LLC: Early Age Protection Stimulates antibody production in the presence of existing maternal antibodies First Dose Protection Antibody production begins after the first dose. Other canine parvovirus vaccines require two or three doses to stimulate an … Read more

Vixen’s Litter Day 28 – Teeter Board

As part of my puppy enrichment process, the litter is safely exposed to uneven and unusual surfaces.  Today, these 28-day-olds were introduced to the teeter board.  This piece of equipment is part of a set sold by M.A.D. Agility. In a few days, we’ll begin to use this board for marker training. Click an image … Read more

Vixen’s Litter Day 21 – Sounds from the Farm

Vixen’s Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd puppies began to spend daytime hours outside yesterday.  That was a big step, so we didn’t throw much more than that at them. Today, when we went back outside, we started exposing them to the rural sounds of the farm.  At first, these sounds are introduced from a … Read more