There is so much more about famous dogs I could write that didn’t fit in the 5Top Dogs (for the 21st Century), and I don’t have anyplace else to write it, so here it is: In Real Life, my semi-faithful but incredibly lovable dog of 14 years passed away two-and-a-half years ago and has yet to be replaced (for a number of annoying Real Life reasons). I sometimes use the old joke “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most,” but that’s not true. I miss my dog more.
On the lighter side, the Self-Proclaimed World’s Greatest Pop Culture Site, RetroCrush, made a list of the 100 Greatest Dogs of Pop Culture History, and the former Accounting Analyst in me had to statistically study the list (No, it didn’t take six months; I put all my notes on a sheet of paper that that got buried for six months – come to think of it, I do miss my mind more).
Here are all the dogs, seperated into semi-logical categories. However, some dogs fall into more than one category (they have asterisks *), so the total will be greater than 100. So sue me.
(Live-Action) Dogs from Movies or TV (24) – Shiloh, Blood from A Boy and his Dog, The Littlest Hobo, Tiger from The Brady Bunch, Hooch, Asta from The Thin Man, Beethoven, Otis of Milo and Otis, King from Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, Indiana (the Jones dog), The Shaggy Dog, Air Bud, Wishbone*, Eddie from Frasier, Chopper in Stand By Me, Cujo*, Hercules from The Sandlot, Rin Tin Tin, (top 20) Toto, Petey from The Little Rascals, (#10) Flash from Dukes of Hazzard, (#7) Benji, (#4) Old Yeller, (#3) Lassie.
Cartoon Dogs – 38 – Seymour from Futurama, Hot Dog from Archie*, 101 Dalmations, Mr. Cool from that awful Fonz cartoon, Sparky from South Park, Spike from Rugrats, Manfred the Wonder Dog from Tom Terrific, Blue (and his Clues), Wonder Dog from Superfriends, Clifford the Big Red Dog*, Santa’s Little Helper from The Simpsons, Balto, Lady and the Tramp, Nana from Peter Pan*, Augie Doggie, Slinky Dog from Toy Story*, Poochie from Itchy & Scratchy/The Simpsons, Brain from Inspector Gadget, Astro from The Jetsons, Dynomutt, Deputy Dawg, Bandit from Jonny Quest, Huckleberry Hound, Droopy, Brian from Family Guy, Pluto, (top 20) Hong Kong Phooey, Krypto the Superdog*, Muttley, Snowy from Tin Tin*, Underdog, Mr. Peabody, Goliath, (#8) Gromit, (#6) Ren Hoek, (#5) Goofy, (#2) Scooby Doo, (#1) Snoopy*.
Dogs from Books (11) – Clifford the Big Red Dog*, The Poky Little Puppy, Spot from Dick and Jane, Ribsy from Henry Huggins, Carl the Coloring Book Dog, Kipper, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Wishbone*, Cujo*, Old Dan and Little Ann from Where the Red Fern Grows, (#9) White Fang.
Comic Book Dogs (7) – Hot Dog from Archie*, Lockjaw of Marvel’s Inhumans, Dollar from Richie Rich, Sam from Sam & Max*, Ace the Bathound, (top 20) Krypto the Superdog*, Snowy from Tin Tin*.
Comic Strip Dogs (9) – Farley from For Better or for Worse, Fred Basset, Ruff from Dennis the Menace, Marmaduke, Daisy from Blondie, Odie from Garfield, Sandy from Little Orphan Annie, Dogbert, (#1) Snoopy*.
Dogs from Other Media (2) – Nana from Peter Pan* (stage), Cerberus the Hound of Hades (mythology).
Toys (2) – Slinky Dog from Toy Story, Legos’ Lucky aka Fido the Lego dog.
Video Game Dogs (2) – Sam from Sam & Max*, Parappa the Rapper.
Puppets (3) – Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Rowlf of the Muppets, Fleegle of the Banana Splits.
Dog Logos (6) – Ubu for Gary David Goldberg’s Ubu Productions, Tige for Buster Brown Shoes, Nipper for RCA, Spuds McKensie for Bud Light, the Taco Bell Chihuahua, McGruff the Crime Dog.
Not Really Dogs (4) -: Junkyard Dog (wrestler), Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas (ghost), K-9 from Doctor Who (robot), Dino from The Flintstones (dinosaur).
Real Life Dogs (2) – Richard Nixon’s Checkers, (#18) Laika the Cosmonaut.
Of course, these lists only exist to be talked about – and complained about, and I don’t know why the Dogs Playing Poker didn’t make the list so I put them on mine. Some other good suggestions, (taken from the site’s own comments): Courage the Cowardly Dog, the Grinch’s dog Max, Looney Tunes’ Sam Sheepdog, Snoop Dogg, Frank the Pug from Men in Black and Fred from Smokey and the Bandit (so easily confused with Flash from Dukes). Then there are Olive the Other Reindeer (we all know she was really a dog), The Angriest Dog in the World, George Clinton’s Atomic Dog, White Fang and Black Tooth from the Soupy Sales Show (you had to be there), the Scotty playing piece in Monopoly, Mr. Bill’s dog Spot and Cal Worthington’s dog Spot (okay, the joke was that it was always some other kind of animal, but there are already a robot, a ghost, a dinosaur and a wrestler on the list).
Apparently, the list maker did made some adjustments after it was first weblished, dropping Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Barf, John Candy’s half-dog-half-man character from Spaceballs. And why were Laika and Checkers the only non-fiction, non-showbiz dogs on the list? Just among predidential dogs’ it could’ve included FDR’s Fala and Barbara Bush’s bestselling Millie. And what about frisbee superstar Ashley Whippet? And Pavlov’s Dog?
Manfred the Wonder Dog deserves better than #84, and the Superfriends’ unoriginal and inferior “Wonder Dog” should NOT have been ranked above him. Also, the picture of him used was not very good… the Tom Terrific cartoons were NOT in color (CBS was pissed that NBC’s parent company RCA made the FCC-approved color TV system and defiantly stayed all-black-and-white at the time) but if they were in color, Manfred certainly would NOT have been pink.
I’m glad that Rowlf the Muppet was ranked above Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Mr. Peybody above Underdog, but placing Dynomutt one spot above The Jetsons’ Astro? Astro should’ve been Top 20, even above Muttley among Hanna-Barbera dogs. And you never realize how many dogs H-B animated until you see a list like this; it didn’t even include Reddy from Ruff & Reddy, Yacky Doodle’s friend Chopper or Two Stupid Dogs (but they would’ve caught hell if they’d listed Scrappy Doo).
Not much I would’ve done differently in the Top 10, except Toto deserved to be top 5, dropping Old Yeller to the second 5, while Goliath should’ve been in there too, with Flash and White Fang in the second ten at best. In fact, I’d have substituted Fred for Flash and Buck from Call of the Wild for White Fang myself.