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Caissie Canine Instruction: Famous K9’s Throughout History

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 11-week-old German Shepherd named Luna.

Hi everyone! My first family adopted me at 8 weeks, from Citywide German Shepherds, but discovered they did not have enough time to raise me, so my new family got me at 11 weeks.

Yeah, for me!!!!

My family says that I am a confident chunky monkey. I am doing well with learning basic commands and learning to walk well on the lead. My family says I love terrorizing my dinosaur toy and my brother and sister pups too. LOL.

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

There are many, many famous K9’s which either portrayed K9 heroes and some K9’s who were really heroes in life and service.

My first memory of two “famous” K9’s throughout history, the 1st on the T.V. show “Lassie” and the 2nd from the movie Wizard of Oz featuring “Toto”.

Lassie was a Rough Collie who would go on adventures and “save the day”. Portrayed as a female on the TV show, however Lassie was really a male K9 named Pal. Lassie was a long running TV show, the appeared in movies, novels, and even video games. Throughout the 19 seasons of the TV show, 6 different k9 “actors” played Lassie, mostly all males. In fact, all Lassie roles have been held by pups to Pal’s bloodline.

Toto was a Cairn Terrier, who really seemed to carry the movie the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy “chased” after Toto as he went on the journey. First through the tornado storm, then to the yellow brick road, then to discovering the “wizard” was a fraud. The movie followed Toto and his owner, Dorothy and all the characters they encountered. Toto, real name was Terry, and was adopted by Carl Spitz. Carl was the unofficial dog trainer of Hollywood. Terry lived 11 years and was featured in 17 films.

My dad grew up with Rin Tin Tin and Sinbad, the sailor dog. Sinbad was a mixed breed.

Sinbad was a real hero and a working dog. He was awarded 6 service ribbons and is one of the most famous dogs who sailed with the U.S. Coast Guard. Sinbad served 11 years and saw combat in WW11 as well. Sinbad lived for 14 years.

Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd. This K9 was adopted by an American soldier who brought the dog back to Los Angeles. After being in a dog show, and displaying his pure strength, proving he could jump 12 feet high, caught the eye of the film industry. Rin Tin Tin starred in almost 30 films and is one of the all-time most famous K9’s.

My kids grew up loving Scooby Doo, Lady and the Tramp and Snoopy. Even through Lady and the Tramp, Scooby Doo, and Snoopy, not being a “real-life” dog, they all made their mark starting back in the 60’ s.

Scooby Doo was portrayed as a cowardly Great Dane and there were many movies, games, and TV shows featuring him.

Snoopy, was the lovable Beagle and Charlie Brown’s best friend. Lady and the Tramp portrayed a beautiful Cocker Spaniel and a “street dog” which was a mixed breed.

All these TV shows and movies still to this day make a big impact on teaching children compassion, and the unconditional love of a dog.

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