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
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.
In 1997 Disney released “Air Bud”. The movie is about a young boy (Josh Framm) who loses his father in an accident and then his family moves to Washington (state). Meanwhile, an abusive and alcoholic dog owner (Norman Snively) is taking Buddy (a golden retriever) to the pound but his kennel falls off the back of the truck and buddy escapes. Josh and Buddy meet up and quickly becomes friends.
Josh finally gains enough courage to try out for the basketball team and makes it onto the team. During his first game Buddy shows up and causes a lot of confusion and mayhem but the crowd loves him. Buddy even scores a basket during his exhibition. During the season Buddy’s former owner notices him and steals Buddy just before the championship game. Josh helps buddy escape but then Norman sues the family for custody of the dog. Luckily, Josh’s family wins the suit and they get to keep the dog.
The 1990 “western epic” film starring Kevin Costner, “Dances With Wolves” is about a Union Lieutenant who is injured during the civil war and instead of having his leg amputated he decides on a “suicide by opposing forces” attempt (by charging on his horse towards confederate troops). His suicide attempt fails but the Union Army wins. He is later awarded a citation for bravery and is given the horse he rode on and his choice of any post he wants. He chooses to head out to the western frontier so he can see it before it is claimed and developed. There he meets up with local Native Americans as well as an unlikely companion – a wolf he named Two Socks since it looks like he is wearing socks on his paws.
Sam Merlotte, the owner of Merlotte’s, a diner in the town of Bon Temps, LA. As the series continues though the first season you learn that Sam is hiding a secret and it is later revealed that he is a shape shifter. While his talent is limited to animals he’s been with or seen, his preferred animal of choice is a collie (the actual collie is also seen walking up to Sam in an episode).