Do you have favorite dog books or movies? We have many, and thought it might be fun to share a few with you each month. Since we love collies, our first post features books and movies about collies, which shouldn't be a surprise.
The first book we want to mention is Gray Dawn, written by Albert Payson Terhune. If you read our recent post about Sunnybank
then you know Terhune's collies really existed, and lived at Sunnybank. (If you haven't read about Sunnybank, click on this Link.
) This book was written in 1927, and like many of Terhune's books, the writing and opinions are a product of that time period. But even though some of the notions are not politically correct, I love the characters in this book. The most lovable of all his collies, Dawn is a young puppy who is sweet and clumsy, facing his fears to "save" the people he loves from danger. Gray Dawn is not without faults, but those faults endear him to the reader and made me fall in love with his courage.
Lad: A Dog, is a movie based on one of Terhune's most popular books of the same title. Lad is a hero, and his story is told in such a way that you can tell he was a beloved and treasured companion. (And why we named our first collie, Lad). The movie was recently released on DVD, and can be purchased on Amazon. It's a great movie for a rainy afternoon, curled up on the couch with your best four-legged friend.
The next movie is a well known classic. This movie made collies famous, and is the reason most rough collies are greeted with "Hi Lassie!" From strangers where ever they go! It tells the story of Lassie's love and loyalty for her family, and how nothing can keep her from returning to her boy's side. I don't know how many times I have watched this movie, but it always brings tears to my eyes.
And last, but not least, Wolf. This book is about Lad's son, Wolf. I love this book, I love this collie. Most of the stories written by Terhune are works of fiction, with elements of truth throughout the stories. The ending of this book will make you cry, possibly even sob if you are anything like me, because it is a true story about a courageous collie.