Animated

White Fang

White Fang written by Jack London (1906)White Fang is a novel published in 1906 by Jack London. The story is told primarily though the eyes of a wolf and her mate, One Eye, after they leave their pack. They have a litter of cubs and after One Eye is killed by a lynx, the lone survivor puppy and the mother are on their own. They encounter some Native Americans where one recognizes the femals as his brother’s wolfdog, Kichie and they name her cub White Fang. Years later White Fang is sold to a dog fighter. Continue reading

Marmaduke

Ever since 1954 a mischievous Great Dane named Marmaduke has entertained us in newspapers across the country. He was originally created and drawn by Brad Anderson and and received help from Phil Leeming (1955-1962) and Dorthy Leeming (1963 – 1969). While mainly in jest, the comic covers anecdotes that many Great Dane owners may come across every day as well as ones if dogs could think like we do.

Great Danes are one of the largest breeds of dog (the AKC standard states they should be at least 30 inches tall at the shoulder for males, 28 inches for females and typically weigh 120 pounds for males, 100 pounds for females). Their size is the main “joke” of the comic strip as well as how he can be clumsy and think he is much smaller than he actually is (like most larger breed dogs).

Great Danes are also one of the oldest recognized breeds by the AKC – recognized in 1887. They were initially bred for boar hunting in Germany but were also used often as family companions and estate guardian dogs by royalty.

Marmaduke received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for the strip in 1978.

Marmaduke was also made into a film released in 2010 (where the family moves from Kansas to California). In the previews there are some shots that could be a real dog but most of it looks like CGI animation. Marmaduke was voiced by Owen Wilson. Tasha Zarnsky, James P Warren, Larry Madrid, Rowan Harland, Deborah Dellosso, and Dove Cresswell are all credited for being animal trainers for the film.

Santa’s Little Helper (The Simpsons)

What good would one of the longest running shows be without a dog? The executives for the Simpsons didn’t hesitate to bring one in. In the very first (full length) episode, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” Homer did not receive a Christmas bonus to buy presents so he got a job at a mall working as a Santa Clause.

What little money he made he brought to the dog track to try to win more money. Homer was reluctant at first to spend his money on the “sure thing” and then the dogs’ names were announced, Santa’s Little Helper was the last one. Taking this as a sign Homer waged all his money on the (very) long shot. Sadly, Santa’s Little Helper came in last place and a depressed Homer slowly walked out of the dog track wondering how he could salvage his family’s Christmas. Continue reading

Dug and his pack from Up

Normally I do not intend to do animated films but Pixar’s “Up” really hits home with their dogs.

First, we meed Dug, a retriever (voiced by Bob Peterson). What’s unique about Dug is that he has a collar that converts his thoughts to words we (humans) can understand. Dug is a very typical retriever – in love with everyone he meets and wants to be their best friend. of course, Dug is also not the brightest dog you’ve ever met nor the most attractive but what he lacks in intelligence and looks he over-compensates in sweetness and personality. SQUIRREL! Continue reading