Posted tagged ‘Jay Sisler’

Aussies on the Silver Screen

July 30, 2013

As you know from our Dear Cookie, Aussies definitely have “Star Quality.”  They love to mug in front of the camera and have those charming “grins.”  Aussies make frequent appearances on television commercials and the labels of pet products.  And way before today’s kids TV show “Dog With A Blog,” Aussies were stars of television shows, too.   Recently I treated myself to this vintage movie theater lobby card for the Disney classic “Run, Appaloosa, Run!”


This film was part of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color TV in 1967.    It told the story of Mary Blackfeather, a young Native American horse Trainer, and her beloved Appaloosa colt, Holy Smoke, who she’s forced to sell, but ultimately fights to get back.  The Aussie pictured here is Silver, and was one of the late, great Jay Sisler’s dogs.  Jay Sisler, as previously mentioned on this blog, was a rodeo star and dog trainer of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  His old home movies of his Aussies performing all sorts of amazing tricks are on YouTube and a must-see for any dog lover.

I love this picture because it really captures the essence of the Aussie spirit:  unwavering attentiveness, at-your-service, ever-capable and always clever.  Not to mention, great with other animals.  Now I’m off to see if I can find this film to watch in the digital universe….  Warm & Fuzzies, Diana 


Aussie Screen Gems

September 21, 2012

In the 1950’s through the 1970’s, Jay Sisler’s Aussies performed amazing feats and

were stars of  both the big and little screens. Today, we can see them on YouTube!

Cookie & Bear-Bear are ready to watch “Stubs”!

Jay Sisler was a rodeo star, animal trainer, and owner of two Aussie celebrity dogs, Stub and Shorty, as well as the popular Queen, and several others.  His popular dogs starred in The Disney movie  “Stub: The Best Cowdog in the West” (1973) and appeared in “Cow Dog” (1956) and Run, Appaloosa, Run (1967). 

If you visit YouTube and search for “Jay Sisler” several reels of vintage Aussie home movies will list, including “Jay Sisler Home Movies Part 1 & Part 2” and “Jay Sisler and his Aussies.”  Take five minutes to take a look – they are priceless!  You will be amazed as you watch these performing pooches jump rope (one turns the handle too!), walk upright, twirl, dance, stand on their heads, walk on their front legs, balance and stand on a bar, leapfrog over one another, ride a see-saw, jump through hoops, and of course, herd a myriad of animals.

Cookie has put “Stub” in our family’s Netflix cue, and looks forward to watching and giving you her review!

Warm & Fuzzy’s, Diana