Personal Experiences Archive

People’s personal stories of Scotch Collies they have known and loved. First-hand accounts of growing up with these dogs or amazing things they have done. Please consider submitting your own story here.


July 5th, 2011

Old Time Farm Shepherds by J. Richard McDuffie

The country was full of Old Time Farm Shepherd or Farm Collie dogs when I was a boy. Some called them Shepherds, others Collies but they were the same dogs. They served as family pet, guarddog, stock dog and hunting dog. My interest in them was always as hunting dogs, but like most people, took them for granted.

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July 4th, 2011

If I Were Going to Obtain a Farm Dog by Guy Ormiston

In the mid-twentieth century, the old original American Farm Collies of Scotch Collie ancestry almost trotted off into the misty fog of obsolescence – along with draft mules, victory gardens and covered bridges.

June 6th, 2011

Rex Bowers Letter

My grandfather kept this type dog all his life and used them on our farm. The best squirrel dog I ever had was a farm shepherd, Rusty. Granddad got him when I was very young and I grew up with him. My parents did not worry where I went as long as Rusty went along. He was a serious body guard! I could sic him on anything, as he feared nothing. We trained him on cows and mules with our older shep, Sport, who was very old.