I loved the original “Lassie” show. As a child, I would sit in front of the black and white T.V. and soak in all the sweet, enduring looks that Timmy and Lassie exchanged in the 30 minute program. I would marvel at Lassie’s amazing ability to track down sticks of dynamite in the morning, pick them up with her mouth and take them away from the dam they were set to destroy. Then in the afternoon, she would be seen gently carrying lost mountain lion babies back to their mother who was pacing back and forth, frantic with worry. How did Lassie do it? I remember wishing I had a dog like Lassie. I’m sure many children felt the same way. Of course we were too young to know that Lassie was really a boy dog and that other “Lassie’s” sometime filled in for the stunts. We also didn’t see how hard the trainers had to work to teach the Collies how to do some of the things that were asked of them. No, we only saw what the producers of the series wanted us to see…….a wonderful, loving, faithful companion for Timmy who seemed to understand English and always sensed when danger was near by. I know that’s the kind of dog I saw during those 30 minutes each week. No wonder I fell in love.
Now that I’m older, I understand and accept that the dog trainers worked long and hard to get the Lassie’s to do the involved and intricate tasks that made up the show. I’m sure these dogs were smart and most likely easy to work with, but it still took time, repetition and dedication on the trainers’ part to make the Lassie’s into dog actors rather than just a dogs. The other thing that these trainers had to do was get into the heads of these dogs……..understand what motivated them and what drove them to work. As we all know, no two dogs are alike……certain breeds may have like characteristics specific to their genetic make-up, but even then, there can be many differences in their personalities and the ways they respond to their humans.
As an Animal Communicator, I am always interested in the emotional, spiritual and intellectual side of an animal. I want to know what animals are hearing, what they’re feeling and most of all, what they think about us. We could learn a lot about ourselves listening to these furry critters…….who else has a front row seat to all of our day to day activities…….who else sees us at our worst…….who else is privy to all of our mishaps, misdeeds and misfortunes…….who else would respect the human/animal confidentiality clause ? So it’s with relish that I thought a long time about what I would have asked Lassie if I had had a chance……..I think I would have started with a question about how she keeps her coat so shiny……then I would have moved on to whether or not she likes her job and all of the tasks she has to learn and perform…….or maybe I’d ask Lassie if Timmy was easy to work with…. and was he a little boy or really an older man dressed up to look like a child. I think I’d then like to ask Lassie if she was ever afraid of jumping over those big mountain cliffs to rescue that tiny bear cub……or was she just really upset that that tiny bear cub got himself into that fix in the first place. And was the mother bear really grateful or did she just tell Lassie to keep her mitts off of her kid? These are just a few of the questions I would have liked to have asked Lassie if I had had the chance. I know there are many more….and I know I didn’t mention the one burning question that sits at the forefront of all of your minds……okay…so I’ll ask it already……Lassie…did Timmy really fall into a well?