Lassie

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  1. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    When the word Lassie is used, most people think of the color like my avatar. But guess what I found out last night while reading Lassie Come Home (1940)?
    Lassie was a tricolor :eek:
    Just random info. Nobody's going to reply to this thread, but I just had to share.
     
  2. Manchesters

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    Don't Think So.......

    "Pal" which was his real name, and all the "Pals" that have followed were Sables. A Tri-Color Collie is black with tan and white markings. Same black and tan as on a Doberman, only with a white chest and white feets.

    There is also the Blue Merle, which was always my favorite color.

    Now often Sables will have some black guard hairs around the face area, and even on their backs. Nuttin' wrong with that! :)
     
  3. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    No, I'm just saying, The real Lassie (the book Lassie) is a tricolor. Everyone thinks of Lassie as a sable.
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    Ah, the book! You've made me very happy to know that you READ :D
     
  5. Manchesters

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    Real Lassie

    Ya gotta learn to distinguish between fictional and real, roflmbo. The fictional Lassie was a tricolor. The REAL Lassie was a live dogger, who was sable, rofl. Got it??!!
     
  6. yuckaduck

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    I have read the book too and it does say tri coloured, and yes in the movie it is a sable. Sometimes books don't always match the movie. Look at Man On Fire. ******SPOILER ALERT*******if you have not watched it or read it don't continue reading unless you want to know what happens.

    In the movie the little girl[Pita]'s life is traded for John Creasy's life and he dies she does not.
    In the book Creasy finds Pita's dead assulted body in the trunk of a car and then takes his revenge. He lives because he is on a ferry at the end under an assumed identity.

    Books and movies are not always the same.
     
  7. Renee750il

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    If you think about it in terms of fictional/real, there was NO real Lassie - that canine actor wasn't Lassie at all . . . he just played her on camera, lol!

    Semantics-wise, I guess we should differentiate between the original Lassie character and the screen version ;)

    But, I like the fact that Colliekid considers the book to be the real source of Lassie. How many even know, let alone remember that the character came from a book, not a TV show?
     
  8. yuckaduck

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    Very few because people watch movies rather than reading. I always get frustrated and find myslef saying well that was a dumb movie because if there is a book I read it first before watching the movie.
     
  9. Manchesters

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    Hey!!!! Colliekid!!!!!!!!

    Get thee hence to a library, and check thee out as many of Albert Payson Terhune's books as you can find. He raised collies and wrote all about them. Like "Sunnybank Lad", "Further Adventures Of Lad", "Wolf", etc, etc, etc. Many are funny as heck, even more because they are true!
     
  10. Manchesters

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    Be Technical!!!!!!

    So OK, the LIVE Lassie was a sable. Guess who is standing here with her front paws on my leg and tail wagging 2000 mph??!!! TWIT. She must have known I was writing about her, rofl. Oh heck, Birdy Girl just came over and pushed Twit aside. They are worse than kids when the mom gets on the phone!!! They figure they have me trapped.
     
  11. yuckaduck

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    I'm not so sure you have heard my kids when I have been on the phone with you. They are monsters, always want to say hello, think everytime the phone rings it is grandma. Pains in my butt.
     
  12. Renee750il

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    Oh, you'll love this! Have you ever checked out Project Gutenberg? (http://www.gutenberg.org/) A wonderful, huge collection of full texts of copyright expired works - all free!
     
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    Rofl! I get the "constant and recurring snouts" poking me, then the big chins laying on my leg, getting progressively heavier the longer I ignore them . . . :rolleyes:
     
  14. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    My dad was talking about this, thanks for the link.
    Yes everyone, I consider the book's Lassie to be the real Lassie, the original.
     
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    My Azlan is a sable, I've always loved that colour. People always ask me if I got a collie because I liked Lassie as a child, but I fell in love with the breed at an animal shelter! The original puppy I was going to import was a blue merle, very pretty I really do love that colour, but the breeder was less than good.
    They are such great (but weird!) dogs. Azlan's tail can move as if it has no bones in it, I could literally tie it in a knot if I wanted to!
     
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    Lol, I always think it is funny that the "lassies" in the movies were in fact "laddies" and were actually quite large examples of the breed so that the children would still look relative in size as they got a little bigger during the course of filming.
     
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    LOL!!! Not only were they Laddies, but there were three of them for filming. I always enjoy the books more ....
     
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    "Laddies" have better coats overall, which was the reason for using it on film. Or so I have read.

    You know it's odd. I love the merle color in Aussies and in Catahoulas, but not so much in Shelties and Collies. I don't know why. But I love the sable in Collies. Daniel's collie, Chase was a BEAUTIFUL example of a sable but was worthless as a stud because he was truly a runt (his top weight through his whole life was 35 pounds and was 24 when he had to be put down) and only had 8 teeth his entire life as well. He had some sort of liver and kidney disease and by the time he was 5 was on a doggie vegetarian diet because he couldn't process animal protiens. :( I'll try to find a good picture to post of Chase sometime.
     
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    colliekid I love collies!

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    Actually, it's because females are camera shy or something along those lines.
     
  20. Manchesters

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    Nope

    It is because the males have far more coat than females, and also males do not "blow coat" when they go into heat and end up looking like plucked chickens.
     

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