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Zeus & Apollo – Magnum PI

za-bowlThe 80’s action / drama series Magnum PI featured two Doberman pinschers named Apollo and Zeus as (spoiled) guard dogs for the novelist Robin Masters’ home (a.k.a. Robin’s Nest) and were trained by the character Jonathan Quayle Higgins III (played by John Hillerman).  In the beginning the dogs often chased the star of the show, Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck) but as the series progressed they became pals.

In the beginning of season 1 they were played by three Dobermans, two females named Cola and Hohea and a male named Joe, trained by Karl Lewis Miller.  During the first season Kael left and was replaced by Scott Hart who eventually brought in his own dogs, two males named Whiskey and Brutus and a female named Dominique.  Later in the series the producers tried to find less expensive dogs to use but Tom Selleck convinced them to stay with the current 3 dogs.  There was even a plan  to write the dogs out of the show and again, Tom Selleck and John Hillerman convinced them to keep the dogs in the show.

 

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2013 Bark and Bowl

The South Florida Working Dog Association will be participating in the 2013 Bark and Bowl – a fundraiser to help raise money for the National Canine Cancer Foundation. If the team raises $500 they will get their own lane at the Bark and Bowl event in May so please donate – even $5 will help.

http://barkandbowl.com/southflorida/south-florida-working-dog-assoc-p-672.html

If the link doesn’t work you can go to http://www.barkandbowl.com then click on Teams -> South Florida -> South Florida Working Dog Association.

Thank you very much in advance for your support!

Luke the Pitbull

The 1910’s were a time when “moving pictures” (a.k.a. motion pictures / movies) were gaining popularity. The films were silent but what they lacked in sound they made up for in acting and story lines. One genre that was gaining popularity was comedy (more precisely, “slapstick” and “physical” comedy). While Jean was mostly in drama and romance films and Strongheart was an action hero, the comedy world also had its rising star – Luke the Pitbull.

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Old pictures are being destroyed!

It has come to my attention that a lot of newspapers, media outlets, estate sales, etc.. are trying to sell of old pictures and if they can’t they are being destroyed. It is extremely sad to see these pieces of history being destroyed and this history needs to be preserved for future generations to see and enjoy.

If you have pictures of old dog actors or even classic dog photos that you are going to throw away please use the contact form and let me know. Most likely I will not be able to pay for them but I am offering a home with them – my long term goal is to set something up to promote the classic look of dogs as well as what dog actors (and other animal actors) have done for us as well as the movie industry. I will consider any pictures of any canine (wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, etc.) and the older the better.

It is my intention to help preserve these photos in the best conditions possible – I have already spent hundreds of dollars on special storage and plan to spend even more on custom (museum quality) frames to display them.

Also, if you have old pictures that you are keeping but are willing to scan them and send them to me, please also use the contact form. I may be interested in scans, too.

I am also interested in old films (8mm (silent, and “talkies”), Super8, 16mm, 32mm) of dogs. I am currently investing in the equipment to help preserve them – as well as protective storage.

Please remember – DogActors.com is not (nor do I intend to impersonate) a 501(c)(3) organization – this means that any donation is not tax deductible. I am also not asking for financial donations; if you wish to donate money please donate it to a local animal shelter, rescue, or one of our supported organizations.