|Not Lassie, but my own sweet,|
Perhaps the most famous Collie of recent times is Lassie from the TV show that started in the 1950s. When I’m out with my rough-coated Collie, I still hear comments from people who say, “There’s Lassie!”
Growing up, my family had TV sporadically, so I only remember the Timmy and Lassie years. However, entries about Lassie on Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lassie_(1954_TV_series)> give a listing of the many changes in the seventeen-year run of the series on TV. (I usually hesitate to cite Wikipedia as a source, but this gives a good summary.)
In addition to the boy and his dog years, the TV Lassie spent time with U.S. Forest Service Rangers, then a year traveling on her own before settling at a children’s home the last two seasons. Interesting reading if you didn’t follow the TV series through its entire time. The human cast changed many times, and a half dozen Collies (all descendants of the original) played Lassie.
Lassie is cited as the fourth longest running prime time TV series, and Lassie has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one of only a handful of animal actors to receive that honor.
My Collie isn’t Lassie, but certainly seems to represent our culture’s love affair with these beautiful and sweet-tempered dogs.