Walker’s Sally

Walker’s Sally was bred by Mrs. Janice Sallee and owned by Mrs. Edna Walker.  We know that she whelped at least five litters between 2009 and 2013.  All of these litters were sired by Walker’s Rustie (senior). To give you an idea of how important Sally is to our present conservation efforts, Sally is dam … Read more


Often times rural life exists on the border between civilization and the wild. It is a place of depredation and daily survival. And a place where life is precious. For more than a century, our culture has shifted towards an urban society. City folks don’t always have the stomach for the reality of country living. … Read more

Brag Dogs

I’ve been working on a book for a few years.  It’s a compilation of short stories about Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherds.  The first several chapters are available online for preview if you like dog stories. http://www.bragdogs.com/ CONTENTS COVER PREFACE WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE LIGHT? A DOG FOR JARED PRINCE OF THE … Read more

Black and Tan English Shepherd Bloodline History

English Shepherd Frequently Asked Questions The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd is a breed of working dog native to the United States. The English shepherd is an all-purpose farm dog capable of working with any species of livestock. Rural families have favored these dogs for generations due to their grit, loyalty, and desire to … Read more

Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association

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

The Best Dogs We Have Ever Had

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