My favorite breed of dog is the German Shepherd. I have never owned one but have always thought they were everything one would want in a dog – beautiful, smart, brave and loyal. In my head, I even have a picture of the one I would own, and he would be named Stanley. I know this fantasy version of the dog is the result of watching a dog called Rin Tin Tin on television reruns when I was a child.
The story of Rin Tin Tin is fascinating. The original dog was orphaned as a puppy and subsequently rescued from a battlefield in World War I . He was brought to California and went on to become one of the world’s biggest movie stars. The line endured for ten generations and (also using the name Rin Tin Tin) had tremendously successful television shows. In true old Hollywood fashion, Rin Tin Tin had his own mansion. At the height of his fame, he received 10,000 fan letters a week. Yes, you read that right – people wrote fan letters to a dog.
Rin Tin Tin was rescued by a soldier named Lee Duncan and Duncan devoted all of his life to the dog and the dog’s legacy.
Of course, the real dog is not my fantasy version. Alas, he seemed to have a pretty bad problem with biting people. While I will stick with my real Newfoundlands and my imaginary German Shepherd, this book is a good choice for anyone who is interested in dogs, and especially for those who have had that one special dog in their life.