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Author:  NLDA [ Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - History of the Lacy Hog Dog

The first installation of "History of the Lacy Hog Dog" with Helen Lacy Gibbs. On Aug. 2, 2009, Mrs. Gibbs is the granddaughter of George Washington Lacy, the Lacy brother most prominently recognized in the development of the breed. Her father, John Lacy, used the Lacy Hog Dogs to earn a living as a rancher in Marble Falls, TX. This segment of the interview covers how he used the dogs and their place in the family.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rToFO71kGE


Author:  Betty L. [ Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - Working Dogs and the Depression

I really enjoyed the video, Julie!! Looks great!!

Betty

Author:  SteveW [ Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - Working Dogs and the Depression

I finally got to watch it.... I sure am glad to hear that they were not pets :)

Its pretty amazing that once upon a time, their physical ability (rather than their reproductive ability) earned their keep.

Steve

Author:  Julie N [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - Working Dogs and the Depression

SteveW wrote:
Its pretty amazing that once upon a time, their physical ability (rather than their reproductive ability) earned their keep.


Now that right there needs to go on a t-shirt. Better yet, I know some people who should have it tattooed across their forehead! It is so true, these dogs really worked, not only feeding themselves but feeding their family.

Author:  NLDA [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - History of the Lacy Hog Dog

Another short video of Helen Lacy Gibbs describing the color varieties of the Lacy Hog Dog. Helen said they only ever had solid blue and solid red dogs. She does recall a cousin that had tricolor dogs that were a very light blue with red markings, who happened to own the ranch where Jimmy Brooks saw his first Lacy Dog as a young boy, but her family's dogs only came in solid colors. And she also noted that except for the white markings on their chest and feet, they were indeed solid, with no blue shading or blue masks on the red dogs.

Another point Helen clarified is the name. The breed was called the Lacy Hog Dog. The blue ones might be called Blue Lacys and the red ones might be called Red Lacys, but the red dogs were never called Blue Lacys. She said she never heard the entire breed called the Blue Lacy until she went to the capitol for the testimonies regarding the State Dog proposal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxH7CEa05fk


Author:  Shannon C [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:04 am ]
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Wow. She looks great.

Author:  AmberLowMiddleton [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - History of the Lacy Hog Dog

Did y'all take any dogs with you? I was curious if they would look how she remembered her family's dogs looking.

Author:  Julie N [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - History of the Lacy Hog Dog

Amber, I was hoping we'd have more dogs, but we just had Sadie. So we brought Sadie in and here's what she said:
- The head was right, long and pointy.
- The ears folded over like a hound's ears do.
- The build was about right. At first she said they were a little bit taller, but she clarified that to mean they looked leggier, which makes sense because Sadie is a wee bit round at the moment. She said they were not large dogs.
- The blues were darker than Sadie, almost black and not truly blue.
- The eyes were lighter than Sadie's, more yellow like a wolf rather than amber.
But she and her son agreed that overall Sadie looked like a Lacy Hog Dog.

I know Mrs. Gibbs has also seen Jimmy's dogs. She talked about how good Peanut and Smokey looked in the back of his truck when she saw him in town. She also specifically mentioned two dogs, one she saw at [location removed after the Gibbs received complaints] and one she saw at play day a few years ago, that she couldn't believe people claimed were Lacys. She said one was way too tall and the other had a head like a pit bull or Rottweiler. She said the real Lacys were much smaller than the big one, and that they had pointed faces that weren't boxy and didn't have big jowls like the other. I don't want to post video of her explanations because both those dogs are still around and being bred, but we may be able to go into more detail offline.

Author:  AmberLowMiddleton [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:29 am ]
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That's interesting.

Author:  BobbyB [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - History of the Lacy Hog Dog

My comments here are, I hope I am that on the ball when I am 85 years old. She does not hesitate to tell how they dogs looked back then, by that I mean she remembers and does not have to be coached.

I grew up with several old fellows that were working for a dollar a day during the time her daddy was making $30 a day with his horse and 2 dogs. I'm sure he didnt do it daily, but that was a ton of money back then.

I enjoyed both of those clips. Thank you for putting them up.

Author:  NLDA [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Helen Lacy Gibbs Interview - History of the Lacy Hog Dog

Mrs. Gibbs is sharp as a tack. She has some very vivid memories of the dogs and her childhood. If she didn't know the answer to a question, she was very straightforward about that, but she really does remember so much.

In this next video, Helen describes their Lacy Dogs' temperament and desire to work. "The only time they got excited was when they wanted to work," she says. "And they wanted to work. They weren't really happy unless they were with the stock."

Another interesting part of this excerpt is the description of Helen's father dubbing the canines on their Lacys. Because the dogs would bite at the hogs to make them move, they could cut the skin and spread screw worms. Her father would cut off the tip of the canine teeth, which Helen refers to as tusks, to reduce the risk of parasites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27FlmiE-PyU


Author:  AmberLowMiddleton [ Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:44 am ]
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Quote:
Another interesting part of this excerpt is the description of Helen's father dubbing the canines on their Lacys. Because the dogs would bite at the hogs to make them move, they could cut the skin and spread screw worms. Her father would cut off the tip of the canine teeth, which Helen refers to as tusks, to reduce the risk of parasites.


I thought that part was interesting, too. I've never heard of dubbing a dog's teeth, but I guess it made sense in their situation.

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