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(Huffington Post)   Lassie's trainer falls down the well at 69   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 11
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2013-02-19 08:58:49 AM  
Derby most recently made news when she coordinated flying three African elephants from the Toronto Zoo to the 2,300-acre PAWS sanctuary in San Andreas. The sanctuary is also home to lions, bears and tigers,...

Lions and Tigers *and* bears?

georgetakei.com

/Oblig.

...but the elephants were closest to her heart.

Pat Derby was a stand up gal and hopefully the good work she started at PAWS will continue in her absence.

RIP, nice animal helping lady.
 
2013-02-19 10:40:07 AM  
That's easy, we'll just get Lassie to save her!
 
2013-02-19 11:37:29 AM  
"69"

"giggitty"
 
2013-02-19 11:45:51 AM  
Pat Derby trained a Lassie? Rudd Weatherwax was the original trainer, and I can find no mention of Pat Derby being a Lassie trainer other than the media stories who are parroting one another.
 
2013-02-19 11:50:25 AM  
Oops.  IMDB shows her as  "animal handler / animal trainer (5 episodes, 1968-1972) ".

So technically I suppose she may have handled and 'trained' a Lassie.  But the article made it sound like she was THE trainer for Lassie.
 
2013-02-19 12:10:17 PM  
Inconsolable.

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2013-02-19 12:23:05 PM  

Archimedes' Principal: Oops.  IMDB shows her as  "animal handler / animal trainer (5 episodes, 1968-1972) ".

So technically I suppose she may have handled and 'trained' a Lassie.  But the article made it sound like she was THE trainer for Lassie.


I was more impressed by her work on Flipper.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Derby worked on television shows like "Flipper," "Daktari," "Gunsmoke" and "Lassie," and wrangled a pair of pumas, Chauncey and Christopher, that appeared with model-actress Farrah Fawcett in popular commercials for the Mercury Cougar.

Of course it's her work as an animal rights activist after all that for which she deserves the most kudos.
 
2013-02-19 01:26:22 PM  
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2013-02-19 02:29:14 PM  
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2013-02-19 10:16:06 PM  
Lassie/Flicka/Fury/Flipper/Rin Tin Tin/...go get help........and my residuals.
 
2013-02-20 01:16:38 AM  
I have Pat's book. There was a chapter about how some of her daughter's druggie friends gave one of her tigers a hit of acid and how it died an agonizing death. I retold that story here on Fark and one of the resident asshats went ballistic saying that I made the whole thing up.
 
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