We are located in the rolling hills of middle TN, on a 23 acre homestead not far from Nashville. We have been breeding ES since 2006 and although our activities and location have changed over the years, our dogs have remained a constant help. We select for working versatility, health and temperament with an eye toward breed conservation. Our main goal is to preserve the all purpose working traits that have characterized the breed for generations. Usethe menu tabs above (as well as the subtabs) to learn more about the ES breed and our dogs in particular.
(the author of this is unknown to me but it would not surprise me if he owned an ES)
God summoned a beast from the fields and He said, “Behold people created in my image. Therefore, adore them. You shall protect them in the wilderness, shepherd their flocks, watch over their children, accompany them wherever they may go–even into civilization. You shall be a companion, an ally, a slave.
“To do these things,” God said, “I endow you with instincts uncommon to other beasts: faithfulness, devotion and understanding surpassing that of people. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to the faults of people. Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words. Let no fault of language cleave an accord beyond that of people with any other beast–or even people with other people. Speak to your people only with your mind and through your honest eyes.
“Walk by their sides; sleep in their doorways; forage for them; ward off their enemies; carry their burdens; share their afflictions; love them and comfort them. And in return for this, people will fulfill your needs and wants–which shall be only food, shelter and affection.
“So be silent, and be a friend to people. Guide them along the way to this land that I have promised them. This shall be your destiny and your immortality.” So spoke the Lord.
And the dog heard and was content. ~ author unknown