Ross Elliott enjoyed several episodes of The Virginian, on which he was a regular as Sheriff Mark Abbott. He once told Jim and I:
“I saw one recently and it was kind of fun, because it made me think of Chips, my dog that died recently. I took him with me and we were on the backlot where the Shiloh Ranch House was. He spent the day and behaved himself; for some reason I couldn’t leave him home and we tied him up on the mock front of the ranch house. He was sitting on the porch and there was a horse, the one I was riding, tied up facing the porch. Chips very slowly, he’s never seen a horse before, snuck up closer and closer and the horse put his head down and started to nuzzle Chips. Now Chips took his big right paw and put it up, as to say that’s far enough. He pushed, and the horse nuzzled him; you know, the velvet lip routine. Chips looked at that, got up and went down on the ground and checked the horse out, put his forelegs up on his weathers and the horse put his head down. Then Chips went around and was now looking in his eyes, the horse gave sort of a whinny and he gave the horse a kiss. They became inseparable; the shooting stopped and the cast and crew couldn’t get over it, it was so funny. Every time Chips left him, the horse whinnied and we had to bring him back; we couldn’t do any shooting without having them together. A funny routine.” Tom.