FOR THE FAMILIY
A little about us.
We live on a cattle ranch in central Wyoming where we raise commercial
Hereford cattle, as well as a few club cattle. When we say that we run
cows in the mountains, we mean between 6,000 and about 10,000 feet
in elevation. One of the many things we have learned running cows the
way we do, is that you can't beat a good dog, or two or three. We use
our dogs on a regular basis. We summer cows on a National Forest
grazing allotment that is big and rough and rocky, the back boundary is the
Continental Divide. I can't imagine how that would be possible without
our family working together and our dogs.
My wife and I have one daughter who is a very mature (she thinks she's 12) 6 year old. She helps us socialize the puppies as well as keep the older dogs in line. Our daughter has started showing dogs at the county fair. She has successfully shown our Corgi but has decided that she is ready for a faster dog and wants to work with one of the Shepherds this year.
Not only are our dogs working dogs, but they are also a part of our family. We have had English Shepherds for about 15 years now, and looking back at history, my Grandpa had a "shepherd dog" way before my time. We breed our dogs to be structurally correct and to have the temperment as well as athletic ability to perform well in a working situation.
Our dogs, live with us, play with us and usually take a few road trips with us. It seems like there are always some kids running around, wether it be ours or someone else's. That is another reason these dogs are so special, they not only put up with children, but a lot of times they protect them. I have seen our dogs actually herd kids, to keep them in the yard or away from dangerous places and situations. These dogs seem to have an intuition that I have never before witnessed. I have always claimed that if my dogs weren't smarter than me, then maybe I could teach them a thing or two!