Sassy Sue wows the bark park visitors with her catching and retrieving.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lassie Come Home

Lassie (left) was portrayed by Pal and his descendants. Tom Rettig played Jeff Miller in the TV series for four years, grew up to be a famous software engineer, and died of a heart attack at age 54.

I still remember my mother reading Lassie Come Home to us four Jackson kids, and that was more than 55 years ago. I don't know if I saw the movie as a child, but we watched the TV series, disappoinited that Jeff Miller was replaced by another actor.

Lassie has her own website, like everyone else.

When we had Old Precious, many people stopped to say "Lassie!" when they saw her. Purists say that a Sheltie is not a collie, but the coloring is much the same. Now our little Precious has a similar face, but she avoids the public.

I forgot that Tom Rettig was famous as a software engineer.

The film was the only movie Old Precious watched from beginning to end. She even barked back at Lassie. Roddy McDowell played the dog's owner, but Lassie starred in the movie. A little girl who shows up at the end is Elisabeth Taylor. Wikipedia had her "starring" in the film. She starred in National Velvet a little later.

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