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By Jon R. Anderson, Staff writer
Long before his iconic role in “Full Metal Jacket,” R. Lee Ermey was just another farm kid in Kansas doing chores with his dog.
His collie mix Tippy faithfully trotted alongside him every frigid winter morning to break up the pond ice so the cattle could have drinking water and then back out again later in the day to herd up the cows for milking.
“It got to the point where, he was so bright, I’d just tell old Tippy to go get them and he’d go do that chore for me,” Ermey says.
So when the Sportsman Channel asked if he would host their new show “Saving Private K-9,” he jumped at the chance.