How lassie came home

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Thanks to a short story writ­ten in 1938 by Eric Knight, rough col­lies are among the most recog­nis­able breeds in the world. Lassie Come-home be­came a novel and, in 1943, a film star­ring a young Eliz­a­beth Tay­lor and a rough col­lie called Pal ( right). Mul­ti­ple films and a tele­vi­sion se­ries fol­lowed

Among the best-known sen­ti­men­tal paint­ings of the 19th cen­tury is Charles Bur­ton Bar­ber’s A Spe­cial Pleader of 1893, fea­tur­ing a dog usu­ally iden­ti­fied as a tri­colour border col­lie

The hero of Al­fred Ol­li­vant’s 1898 clas­sic chil­dren’s novel Owd Bob is a ‘grey dog of Ken­muir’. Read­ers and film-mak­ers have tra­di­tion­ally imag­ined Bob as a border col­lie

Few Blue Pe­ter view­ers of the 1970s will for­get Shep, the ex­citable black-and-white border col­lie that formed a close bond with pre­sen­ter John Noakes (who be­came known for his im­pas­sioned plea of ‘Get down, Shep!’) and went on to star in the se­ries Go with Noakes

The Dan­ish Ken­nel Club pre­sented Crown Prince Fred­er­ick and Crown Princess Mary of Den­mark with a red-and-white border col­lie puppy, Ziggy, as a wed­ding present

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