I am sure that many of you will remember the wonderful short stories “Lassie Come Home”. Oakley is a beautiful cross Collie dog that reminded me of the movies and stories living in our little rural village in Southland. Best viewed large.
“Lassie Come-Home” written by Eric Knight, was first printed as a short story in 1938. Two years later the book was published in an expanded version of the story. The book which became a popular best seller, paved the way for an overnight sensation! Several perfectly timed events completed the scenario. In 1941 MGM, one of Hollywood’s major studios, decided to make a movie out of the popular story. They purchased the movie rights for $10,000—a move considered risky at best, since dog movies weren’t necessarily big moneymaker. At about the same time, an errant Collie named “Pal” was giving his owner fits! He couldn’t be cured of chasing motorcycles as well as several other bad habits. Mix in a respected Hollywood dog trainer by the name of Rudd Weatherwax, who acquired Pal when his previous owners gave up and a legend was born! The movie titled Lassie Come Home premiered in 1943, starring the infamous “Pal”. It was beautifully photographed, in gorgeous Technicolor, and was the story of a loyal Collie who crossed hundreds of miles of rough terrain to return home to the boy she loved. The critics and public loved it!
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Lassie Come Home! – Cross Collie Dog