Pete the Pup was called Petey by the Little Rascals. The TV series “The Little Rascals” ran for 13 episodes and was released in 1955. Pete was an American pit bull terrier and I just loved that large ring around his eyes. In the series the children all loved him and he entertained and protected them. Even though the series was before my time as a child I watched it in reruns.
Lassie was the dog of my dreams as a small child. She is one of the most famous dogs of all time. The TV series “Lassie” ran from 1954 to 1974. It featured a lovely rough collie. She entertained children and adults watching TV with her adventures. Lassie was also featured in several movies.
Rin Tin Tin
I was never an Old West adventure lover but one famous dog worth mentioning was a German shepherd Rin Tin Tin which became very popular. He starred in 27 films in the 1920s and everyone followed the adventures of Rusty and his dog, Rin Tin Tin in the Old West TV series in the 1950s “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin”.
Who could ever forget the lovable sheepdog of the Ingalls family? Jack was portrayed by Barney a scruffy sheepdog who was particularly fond of Pa portrayed by Michael Landon and Laura portrayed by Melissa Gilbert. He appeared in the premier of the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” in 1974. Jack was there to protect the family from wolves and Native Americans.
The popular TV show “The Brady Bunch” ran from 1969 to 1974 and later became even more popular in reruns. The family dog was Tiger, who was portrayed by a dog of the same name. Unfortunately, Tiger got run over before the fourth episode and was replaced by a look-alike. The second Tiger stayed with the series through the second season. After he was written out of the show, his doghouse stayed in the backyard.
Who could ever forget this dog? He had the love of three beautiful little ladies. Comet was a golden retriever and starred in the popular sitcom “Full House”. He first showed up in the third season and became a member of the Tanner family.
I fell madly in love with this Jack Russel Terrier. He starred in one of my favorite TV shows “Frasier”. Eddie was played by a dog named Moose in the first six seasons and after retiring he was replaced by his son, Enzo for the remaining four seasons. Eddie’s claim to fame was his famous long-drawn-out stares with Frasier portrayed by Kelsey Grammer.
Even the dysfunctional Bundy family from the TV series “Married With Children” had a dog. Buck was a Braird-French Sheepdog. His real name was Michael. On the show when things went on in the family Buck was given a voice by Kevin Curran, a producer on the show, and the dog could express his thoughts about what was happening. His death was written into the show since Michael retired and the Bundy family took the death of Buck hard.
A particularly lovable dog was Dreyfus who was the pet dog of Dr. Harry Weston portrayed by Richard Mulligan, a widowed pediatrician living in Miami, Florida. They were both featured on “The Golden Girls” TV series as neighbors and got their spinoff in 1988 “Empty Nest”. In “Empty Nest” Weston was joined by his two adult daughters. Dreyfus was played by a dog named Bear. He was a mix of Saint Bernard and Golden Retriever.
Who could ever forget the little Cairn Terrier Toto who went with Dorothy to Munchkin Land in the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz”. He was by her side all through the movie. Had I been Toto I would have run and hid the moment I got a load of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Who could ever forget Beethoven? The big St. Bernhard came on the big screen with a funny movie followed by four sequels. He was a large, clumsy, and slobbery dog but everyone loved him.
The lovable mutt Benji showed up in the 1970s and proved himself to be not only adorable but a good actor. He became a hero and saved kidnapped children.
It was laughter all the way when the little Chihuahua showed up in the movies “Legally Blonde” and “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde”. In the first movie, Bruiser went to university with his owner Elle Woods, and in the second movie, he had a romance with a Rottweiler named Leslie.
Chance and Shadow
The wonderful children’s movie “Homeward Bound” had two dogs Chance, an American bulldog, and Shadow, a Golden Retriever who traveled for 300 miles across the wilderness to find their family. They were accompanied by a cat. It is wonderful to see the strong bond that forms between these animals.
The movie “Babe” might have been all about a pig but it also included on great dog named Fly. Fly is a Border Collie who takes young piglet Babe under her wing and becomes his surrogate mother. He is the one who taught the pic about sheepherding in this award-winning movie.
How I loved this absolutely ugly, drooling dog whose name was Hooch. In the movie “Turner and Hooch” he partners up with Turner, a detective portrayed by Tom Hanks. Hooch was a Mastiff-type dog, a Dogue de Bordeaux.
In 1998 Tom Hanks as Joe Fox along with Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly starred in the delightful romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail”. It was Brinkley, a Golden Retriever and the lovable companion of Joe Fox who finally got the two main characters together and in love. The final scene of this movie has always reduced me to tears and would never be the same without Brinkley.
The Jack Russel Terrier Milo who teamed up with Jim Carrey in the funny, hilarious movie “Mask” made me want to adopt a dog like him. However, it just would not have been Milo. Whenever Stanley portrayed by Carrey got into trouble there was Milo to help out.