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The World's Most Famous Dog!

For over 60 years, Lassie has been loved by millions around the world.

1938- British author Eric Knight writes the short story "Lassie Come Home" that appears in the
Saturday Evening Post. Response is overwhelming and the short story is
expanded into a book

January, 1943- Eric Knight is killed in a plane crash and does not live to see his story on the big screen
October, 1943- "LASSIE Come-Home" is released in theatres staring Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowell and LASSIE
1945- "Son of Lassie" Premieres
1946- LASSIE Radio show began and runs until 1949
1946- "The Courage of LASSIE" premiered
1948- "The Hills of Home" premiered
1949- "The Sun Comes Up" premiered
1950- "The Challenge to LASSIE" premiered
1951- "The Painted Hills" premiered
1954- "LASSIE", the TV show premiered
1957- Timmy joins "LASSIE" TV Show
1963- Five part "The Journey" premiered and was then edited to make the movie "LASSIE's Great Adventure"
1964- Corey Stuart becomes LASSIE's new owner on "LASSIE" TV Show. Also the start of color episodes
1964-Present "LASSIE" TV show runs in syndication
1973- "Lassie's Rescue Rangers" cartoon premieres on CBS
1975- "Lassie, Adventures of Neeka" released
1979- "The Magic of LASSIE" premiered, co-starring Jimmy Stewart
1985- Rudd Weatherwax dies at the age of 78
1989- "The New LASSIE" premiered in syndicated TV- first venture without Rudd Weatherwax. Lassie was trained by Rudd's son and co-trained by Rudd's grandson (who was later replaced by Carol Riggins)
1993- Lassie appears in Rose Parade
1994- "LASSIE, Best Friends are Forever" premiered
1996- Filming begins in Canada for new Lassie series
1997- New Lassie series produced by Canadian Cinar Films premieres
1997- After 26 episodes, Cinar breaks from the Official Lassie to use cheaper non-line collies and a French trainer
1997- www.lassie.net wages worldwide campaign to restore the Official Lassie and line dog to the series. The highly successful campaign is picked up by major media around the world and late 1997 an agreement is reached to restore a line dog to the series.
1998- Weatherwax co-trainer Carol Riggins and her 9th generation direct descendant dog are selected to go to Canada to film remaining 13 episodes of series. This was the FIRST 9th generation dog to work on screen and followed the long tradition of passing the torch from father to son.
2000- Weatherwax family begins sale of Lassie trademark
2001-Classic Media completes purchase of Golden Books library of trademarks
2003- www.lassie.net arranges for Lassie to appear in the Rose Parade on the Pasadena Humane Society float to mark 60th anniverary. (Note: Lassie did not appear for the main judging event the previous day but did appear for the television broadcast)
2003- Weatherwax family ends incredible long run of supplying line dogs to be Lassie
2004- Lassie Celebrates 50 years on TV- HeyHey, the 9th generation direct descendant, who became Lassie in the late 1990's TV show, owned and trained by longtime Weatherwax associate Carol Riggins, goes on tour.
2005- Carol Riggins becomes Official owner/trainer of Lassie and breeder for future generations of line dogs.
2005- Variety named their top 100 Icons of all time.   The ONLY animal to make the list was Lassie!
2005- Remake of "Lassie Come Home" is released in the UK. This movie was shot in 2004 in the UK without a line dog because of quarantine restrictions.
2006- "Lassie", the British remake of "Lassie Come Home', premieres in the US at the Tribeca Film Festival. After US release at Tribeca Film Festival, Carol Riggins and Lassie tour to promote the US release of the movie- often doing benefit premieres for animal rescue organizations and shelters..
2006- Lassie embarks on US Summer Tour with Natural Way Dog Food sponsor
2006- Lassie trademark is sold to UK firm Entertainment Rights
2007- Lassie Pet Vet show premieres on PBS
2009- Lassie trademark purchased by Boomerang as part of acquistition of Entertainment Rights UK . Boomerang had previously purchased Classic Media.
2010- Lassie attends Believe Walk in California
2010- Bob Weatherwax announces on his website that the only son of 9th generation Laddie is unsuitable to continue the line and placed in a pet home never to be bred. (The dog was later bred but neither he or his successors have ever been involved in the entertainment business)
2011- Lassie invited to the Collie Health Foundation Gathering for the first time in the history of Lassie.
2012- Lassie trademark purchased by Dreamworks as part of Classic Media acquisition.
2012- Lassie receives the Star Pet Award
2012- Lassie appears at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles for the first ever pawprint ceremony for Uggie.
2012- Coming full circle, Lassie appeared at Grandview Elementary to honor Betsy Mewborn Cowan, granddaughter of Eric Knight, on her retirement. Every year of her career she read her grandfather's book, "Lassie Come Home" to her students.
2012- Lassie appears with TV Mom June Lockhart at the unveiling of the USPS classic TV stamp unveiling. Lassie is honored on one of the stamps.
2013- Lassie appears on the red carpet at the kickoff event of Westminster week in NYC, the NYC Pet Fashion Show
2013- Lassie appears at Rescues on the Runway
2014- Lassie gains AKC registration.
2014- Lassie named Celebrity Ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society
2014- Lassie named first Canine Ambassador for Save the Children

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