20 Things You Never Knew About Lassie

Every generation can be inspired by the endearing rough border collie Lassie who was a movie star, a television star and an icon. The tale of a loyal, brave and lovable dog came from many sources including a nineteenth century novel and a World War I true heroic tale. The story of a lovable rough border collie that saves the day became popular in film, radio, books and television. “Lassie” was one of the longest running primetime television series from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Lassie continues to be a popular character in movies and animated features. The character of Lassie is one of the most well known animals in the world. Here are 20 things you didn’t know about Lassie.

The Half Brothers

Certainly the short story The Half Brothers is an inspiration for the character of Lassie. The Half Brothers was written by British author Elizabeth Gaskell in 1859. It is the story of a dog female rough border collie named Lassie. Lassie is owned by a young man who has a younger half brother. The two brothers become lost in a terrible snow storm. With his younger half brother near death, the older brother ties his bandana around the neck of his trusted dog and tells the dog to find help. When help finally arrives, the young brother is saved from death although his older brother perishes. The idea that a dog would be so loyal and save travel through horrible conditions to find help for her owner is a story that touches everyone’s heart and is as inspiring as it is endearing. Certainly the story of a dog named Lassie in the short story The Half Brothers served as inspiration for the beloved character who would become iconic a century later.

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