I don't think there is a boy my age, or a girl for that matter, who wasn't envious of Timmy Martin. Growing up, I was a sucker for dogs. There was rarely at time when we didn't have at least one dog, and I loved them all. I won't say I didn't have favorites, cause I did, but I'm a true dog lover, so they were all awesome to me. Maybe one day I'll tell you guys about a few of them, but for now, I need to tell you about a particular fictional dog. And she's one that almost all of us loved, as much as we did our household dogs.
Like most dog lovers, I'm a sucker for a story that features a dog as the hero. In the past I've done Favorite Fictional Character posts about some of my favorite dogs, including Benji, but this about a certain Collie who will always be a household name.
The star of 11 feature films, 12 TV shows and made for TV movies, 2 radio programs, and over 50 books, Lassie is the Collie with a heart of gold and the courage of lion. She has saved kids from danger, park rangers from being killed, and other animals from harm. She is a guardian angel on four legs, and I prayed that someday I would have a dog just like her.
I've always thought that a large reason humans and dogs have formed such deep bonds over our history on this planet, is that dogs are such loyal creatures. It's that loyalty and devotion, between both parties, that makes our existence on this planet tolerable. And not matter how strong a bond exists between a dog and it's human, the bond is always stronger when their human is a child. For me, Lassie embodies all that is right in that connection.
Regardless of who the kid was; Jeff, Timmy, Joe, or the countless others, Lassie was at her best when she was with them. She cared for them, protected them, and gave them the kind of companionship that kids everywhere yearned for. She was the perfect dog, and turned millions of kids into dog lovers. Even though I've ended up with my own Lassie a time or two, and I treasure those memories for all they are worth, I will always have a special place in my heart for Lassie herself, and all she represents.