From the End of the Leash: Seven Famous Dogs in Film
Hello, humans, Tiberius here! While I will admit that watching television is a pastime better suited for commoners, my person seems to enjoy sitting in front of the ridiculous screen—so I’ve picked up a few things. Just as my person likes to see the sportsball and something that sounds like Game of Bones (yum, bones!), I have a few preferred programs of my own. Of course they all feature my kind.
Without further ado, I present seven of my favorite camera-ready canines.
Scooby Doo, the Scooby Doo franchise
While Scooby has a ridiculous name—although not all of us can have such distinguished names as I— I can appreciate his longevity. This Great Dane has been solving mysteries since 1969 in cartoons shows and movies. While my pet parents are excited for the new show that was announced in March, Be Cool, Scooby Doo, I find myself quite partial to the re-runs of Scooby Doo, Where Are You. Throughout all the iterations, however, I’m glad the television producers recognize who is the most important character—after all, you don’t see it called Fred, do you?
Sandy, Annie (2014)
I find this tale quite aspirational. Sandy was a stray roaming the streets of New York until she was found by foster child Annie and brought to the lap of luxury. The actor, the fantastic Marti, is a six-year-old Golden Retriever-Chow mix who actually was rescued from the Adopt-a-Dog shelter in New York. How’s that for life imitating art? This is a true wags to riches tale.
Bruiser is a dog who knows what he likes. He’s the star of two movies, Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde along with his human, Elle Woods. He was found abandoned and adopted, but gets a new leash on life and comes to enjoy online shopping, vegetarianism and riding in his human’s purse. He doesn’t know who his mother is until the second movie, when a private investigator reports that she’s being held in a cosmetics testing facility—a fact that sparks the entire plot of the film. Despite this difficult situation, Bruiser is referred to as incredibly loyal and “the one loving creature who’s always been there” for his person. Bruiser and I share a love for the truly fine things in life.
Buddy is the answer to my human’s obsession with watching other sweaty humans run around on the sports field or basketball court. Personally, I consider myself an intellectual and don’t enjoy fetch… unless you count being fetched treats by my family. However, the Golden Retriever who played Buddy was found as a stray and took to athletics like a natural. In fact, he also played Comet on Full House. Although the character quite enjoys sweets like pudding, please humans, remember that this is a movie and not real life. We dogs are quite allergic to chocolate—but don’t worry, we quite enjoy our own snacks.
Stitch, Lilo and Stitch
Okay, okay, Stitch isn’t a dog. He’s an extra-terrestrial programmed to destroy everything in his path. But in this memorable scene, his spunky little human adopts him for two dollars from a Hawaii shelter thinking he’s an adoptable dog. The two become inseparable best friends despite their differences—and isn’t that exactly why my kind is so truly superior? Stitch is an honorary dog in my book.
Toto, a black Cairn Terrier, sticks with his human all the way from Kansas to Oz. While I’ve never left my beloved Texas, Oz seems like a very remote place indeed, with all kinds of shenanigans occurring there. He was played by Terry, a female movie star who was (rightly) paid more than many of the human actors on the set—a whole $125 per week!
Stan, Dog with a Blog
Stan is a shelter dog adopted into a large family, to whom he talks in English. He enjoys dressing up in interesting outfits (like mermaid and hotdog costumes and a fancy smoking jacket) and is married to a poodle named Princess. Most importantly, however, is the fact that Stan secretly composes his own weblog… I can relate!
These shows and movies are all great… or at least as great as any can be until someone starts following moi around with a video camera to document the fabulous life of a purebred pooch. And don’t forget, if these movies inspire you into finding a new friend to snuggle up with on the couch, adopting is always the best choice.
Did I miss any fantastic famous dogs? Let me know in the comments.
I’m ready for my closeup,
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