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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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The immortal Rin Tin Tin

I googled Rin Tin Tin. It is a true and amazing story https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin_Tin_Tin

He was saved by Corporal Lee Duncan from World War I battlefield as a closed eye baby puppy. Corporal Duncan found the starving mother and litter in a bombed out German kennel that had bred war dogs. Then he came back to America and trained his dog. Rin Tin Tin became a movie star and made 29 movies. The poem Mr. Duncan wrote when Rin Tin Tin died at the age of 14 is beautiful. Here it is

A poem called "Rin Tin Tin"

Alert and ready for my slightest word,
Rin Tin Tin I so often watch you stand;
Eager to serve me for that high reward—
A smile, or just a light touch of my hand.

Deaf to allurements of those standing by
when I am near, and deaf when I'm away.
Forever overjoyed at my return
However brief or lengthy is my stay.

Believing in me always, tho I fail,
Your trust you gave but once, and that to me.
Your's are the qualities that men hold high,
Strength and pride and love and loyalty.

Wherever led my path you'd walk my way.
And gladly give your life my own to save.
Enduring pain and hunger, heat and cold—
And broken hearted die upon my grave.

A real unselfish love like yours, old pal,
Is something I shall never know again;
And I must always be a better man,
Because you loved me greatly, Rin Tin Tin.
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a beautiful peom . Ive seen a movie about the Corporal finding the pup. Thanks for sharing.
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Would you remember the name of the movie? I would like to see it. That poem brings tears to my eyes.
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Would you remember the name of the movie? I would like to see it. That poem brings tears to my eyes.
No I don't . It was a made for TV movie I think. The poem brought tears to my eyes as well.

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We have seen finding rin tin tin on Google play. Dogs of war on Google play both good movies!
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Rin Tin Tin's movies the dog himself was in.
He must have been a Sable working lines GSD.

Year Title Role Notes
1922 The Man from ****'s River Himself [10]
1922 My Dad Himself [10]
1923 Where the North Begins The Wolf Dog [10]
1923 Shadows of the North King [10]
1924 Find Your Man Buddy [10]
1924 Hello, 'Frisco Himself
1924 The Lighthouse by the Sea Himself [10]
1925 Tracked in the Snow Country Himself [10]
1925 Below the Line The Slasher [10][11]
1925 The Clash of the Wolves Lobo [10]
1926 The Night Cry Himself [10]
1926 A Hero of the Big Snows Himself [10]
1926 While London Sleeps Rinty [10]
1927 Hills of Kentucky The Grey Ghost [10]
1927 Tracked by the Police Rinty [10]
1927 Jaws of Steel Rinty [10]
1927 A Dog of the Regiment Rinty [10]
1928 A Race for Life Rinty [10]
1928 Rinty of the Desert Rinty [10]
1928 Land of the Silver Fox Rinty [10]
1929 The Million Dollar Collar Rinty [10]
1929 Frozen River Lobo [10]
1929 The Show of Shows Himself [10]
1929 Tiger Rose Scotty [10]
1930 The Lone Defender Rinty Serial
1930 On the Border Rinty [10]
1930 The Man Hunter Rinty [10]
1930 Rough Waters Rinty [10]
1931 The Lightning Warrior Rinty Serial
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Many of these films were silent films, so they would be difficult to find.

Also, judging by the poem that Corporal Duncan wrote on the death of RinTinTin, he did not train RinTinTin with treats. He worked for praise.

He also had the aloofness and faithfulness classic to the breed. But then, in 1918, RinTinTin was not far off from the foundation sire of GSDs breed owned by Max von Stephanitz.
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Rin Tin Tin also worked for access to a toy -- so he was motivated by his play drive.
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