It is no wonder that so many television shows and movies include famous dogs that we love, considering that dogs are man’s best friend. Let’s take a walk along the path of memories and observe some of the famous dogs that stole our hearts or made us laugh during the last decades.
The happy news is that Buddy was rescued from a pound before becoming a movie star, but after the movie he had to amputate a leg and then die of cancer.
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Who could forget Cujo, the murderer of San Bernardo in the film made after Stephen King’s thriller? The dog that played Cujo was actually called dad and was trained by Karl Lewis Miller, who trained the dogs in Babe, Beethoven and K-9. Speaking of the K-9 movie, the German shepherd credited as the character Jerry Lee was actually called Rando. Three identical German shepherds were obtained from Germany, since two of the dogs could not understand English, only German, so they were used as doubles for Rando.
In the television series Frasier, the dogs kept the role in the family because Moose was the original son of Eddie and Moose, Enzo was an understudy for Moose and later took over Moose when he became too old for the role.
Even animal actors can be fired, as is the case with Agent K-13 in the television series Get Smart. The producers wanted an unknown dog, without training. They started with Fang, but he was fired for not doing what he was supposed to do, so his replacement was Red.
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He took two Chihuahuas to cover Bruiser’s role in Legally Blonde. One of them was Moondoggie, who turned out to be the roommate of Taco Bell Dog and the other actor of dogs was Maverick.
Like the human actors, some dogs move, as is the case of Cody, the Alaskan malamute who played the role of Namoki in the movie The Lost Boys. Cody also starred in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and On Deadly Ground.
The University of Georgia lent its mascot, Ugo V, to play the bulldog in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Has anyone ever seen the movie Old Yeller without crying? Spike was the mutt mix of Labrador that played Old Yeller, who was rescued from an animal shelter in Van Nuys, CA.
Just as there are models and supermodels, there are dogs and superstars. Higgins played the character Mr. Higgins on the television show Petticoat Junction, and then became the legendary Benji.
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Sylvester Stallone’s partner in Rocky was Butkus, who kept his real name as the character’s name and was a Bull Mastiff. Many dogs played with characters of the same name, for example Happy, the stray dog in the television drama 7th Heaven, actually called Happy and was rescued from an animal shelter when he was only 7 months old. Rin Tin Tin is one of the most famous dog characters who starred in numerous shows and whose name is named after the real dog. There was also a Rin Tin Tin, Jr.
Although none of Seinfeld’s characters actually had dogs, several were presented during this television series. The part of the Australian shepherd was called Ginger, who also played in Murphy Brown and the role of Chihuahua was played by Speedy.