My mom and her siblings often shared stories of their beloved childhood farm dog, “Mupsie”, who was an English Shepherd. She fascinated my grandpa – Mupsie allegedly knew which stall each dairy cow belonged in, and would put rogue livestock back in their place without direction. She followed grandpa around like a shadow, but played with all the kids. On summer nights when they would sleep outside all around the farm she would carefully check on each child scattered across the farm – all night long – and then be exhausted the next day. One of my aunt’s reminisced “We had an English Shepherd on the farm when we were growing up. She was good with the cows and gentle with us children; I was grateful for her friendship. I remember thinking that when no one seemed to understand how I felt, “that at least Mupsie loved me.”
The spring of 2020 our family welcomed our own English Shepherd pup, Brandy, to our farm, traveling all the way from Badger Hole Ranch, South Dakota. She has grown into a lovely dog, and takes her job a guardian of our little farm very seriously.
A farmer’s helper, a loyal companion, a child‘s shadow: The English Shepherd.” English Shepherds are working dogs, valued for their versatility, loyalty, and intelligence. They make wonderful companions and working partners in homes where their intelligence, spirit, and devotion are understood and appreciated.