Shep, the famous toll-gate dog. -- Courtesy of CDOT.

Fun Fact: Shep is a beautiful dog! Pretty much the Zoolander of the pack 😉
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This can backfire. In one welfare backlash during the 1960s, the New York Legislature slashed support across multiple categories of the needy. The legislators, carried away in the conservative obsession of that time, had even cut off dog-food support for the guide dogs of blind, impoverished citizens. An article in The Times reported on some consequences of the cuts — reduced aid for a mother with six children to feed, a crippled drug addict and a destitute old woman abandoned by her family. Also affected was Sheppie, a German shepherd whose dog-food subsidy got the ax. A photograph of Sheppie seized readers’ attention as he sat attentively next to Harry Taylor, a 72-year-old poor, blind musician in Harlem.
My Dog Shep: Flame (Shep), Tom Neal, William Farnum, Lanny Rees, Russell Simpson, Sarah Padden
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Shep is a dark brown dog with lighter brown hair covering his eyes. His ears are tinted with an even darker brown on the rest of his body. Shep's arms are tipped lighter, and so are his feet. Shep, overall, looks like a sheepdog, the breed of dog he is based off of. What: Book launch for Charlotte Havey's "Shep the Turnpike Dog"
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A special breed of working dog, originally descendent from the pastoral dogs the Romans brought to England, helped move the large flocks of sheep over the Great Plains. Most were English Shepherds or Border Collies. They were used to gather and protect the herds' that grazed in the high country and open ranges of the west. The dogs were intelligent and independent. They could travel great distances to gather the scattered flocks, often far away from their handlers. The dogs were calm, steady, willing to please, and could be used to herd any type of livestock. Perhaps the most significant trait was the dog's bond with its owner. It was a lucky sheepherder that had a good dog for his best friend in the remote high country of Montana. As Shep's fame spread, people came from everywhere to see him, to photograph him, and to try and make friends and possibly adopt him. All of the attention was somewhat unwelcome; after checking the train he often retired quickly to get away from those who came to see him. Shep was a one-man dog. The bond he had formed with the herder many years before was simply the most important thing is his life. The railroad employees now provided food, shelter, and care. That was all he required, except his master's return. One such dog lived near the birthplace of the Montana, Fort Benton. During the summer of 1936 a sheepherder fell ill while tending his flock and was brought to St. Clare Hospital. A nondescript sheep dog followed the herder into town and soon set up a vigil at the hospital's door. A kind-hearted nun who ran the hospital kitchen fed the dog during those few days before the man died. The herder's family in the East requested that his body be sent back home. On that August day the undertaker put the body on the eastbound train for shipment to his waiting relatives. As the gurney was rolled out onto the platform the gaunt sheep dog appeared out of nowhere and watched anxiously as the casket was loaded into the baggage car. Attendants recalled the dog whining as the door slammed shut and the engine slowly started to pull away from the station. Head down, he turned and trotted down the tracks. On that day the dog, later named Shep, began a five-and-one-half year vigil that was only broken by his death.With renewed interest generated by the fiftieth anniversary of Shep's death, the community of Fort Benton organized a committee to produce a lasting memorial to their famous dog. One of the West's most renown sculptors, Bob Scriver, was contracted to create a heroic-sized bronze statue of Shep. Using photographs and a Shep "look-alike," Scriver developed a stirring resemblance to the admirable dog. He stands expectantly with ears cocked, tail up, and his two front paws on the rail. He gazes longingly down the track forever awaiting his master's return.