German Shepherd

The Littlest Hobo

hobo1958“The Littlest Hobo” was a 1958 USA film (starring Buddy Hart and Wendy Stuart) as well as a Canadian TV show that ran from 1963 to 1965 and again from 1979 to 1985.

In all 3 series, Charles (Chuck) P Eisenmann owned and trained the German Shepherds used.  The first series starred London (the dog) and has some close relatives, Toro, Litlon, and Thorn.  Several dogs were used in the second series but credit was given to “London” (this was done so the best dog for the job needed could be used).  All of the dogs are German Shepherds with “reverse mask” markings (meaning areas that are typically dark on a German Shepherd (jaw, throat, chest) are light in color. Continue reading

Vlcak Antis – a true wolfdog hero (that deserves a movie)


Vlčák Ant – Hrdinný Letec RAF

Wolfdog Antis – Czechoslovakian RAF Wolfdog Hero

We’ve all seen and heard about canine action heroes starring Strongheart, Rin Tin Tin, and Lassie but during World War II a wolfdog named Antis would prove to be a real life canine hero. Born in a French kennel in 1940 Antis was destined to play a big role with the Czechoslovakian RAF as well as a symbol of dedication and freedom to the Czechoslovakian people for decades to come. Continue reading

The Barking 20′s

The “Roaring 20′s” was a period in the USA’s history where the economy was booming more than it had ever in the history of the USA and quite possibly of the world. “The Great War” was over and Europe was on the road to recovery while the USA was isolated enough from the war that it was able to continue on with the new advances the war brought. With good times, people want to be entertained and this decade “moving pictures” really took off. Films were no longer short films (10-20 minutes) but actual films (60+ minutes) and a new form of moving picture called a “talkie” (movie with sound) was emerging thus solidifying the moving picture’s place in modern society.

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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

K-9

K-9 was a 1989 film starring James Belushi (as Officer Mike Dooley) and “Koton” (as K-9 Officer Jerry Lee) about an officer (Mike Dooley) who needs to find, and bring to justice, a drug dealer who tried to kill him. He is given a German shepherd who is trained as a narcotics dog to assist him. Of course, Mike has never worked with a K-9 before and his lack of experience comes out when Jerry Lee starts off very independent. K-9 also had a sequel, the 1999 film K911 also starring James Belushi and another German shepherd, “Mac”.

Koton also starred in TV series, K-9 where he starred as “Rondo the Dog”.

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