Thursday, October 27, 2016

Man's Best Friend

Continuing on the theme of friendship, we watched two shows last week where dogs starred . "Grandpa" was an episode of HIGH MAINTENANCE, an HBO anthology. It is told entirely from the dog's POV. He falls in love with his dog walker and like all romances, it has its ups and downs.

Then we watched DUMB WITNESS, a Hercule Poirot, where a fox terrier has the key to the mystery. I have never had a dog but this one was a temptation.

What are some other books/movie dogs that stand out for you?


George said...

I grew up watching LASSIE and RIN TIN TIN. And, who can forget OLD YELLER!

R.T. said...

Let's not forget the great story with a great dog(?): _The Hound of the Baskervilles_.
And I very much enjoyed TV dogs: Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, and Eddie (on Frasier).
But Stephen King's _Cujo_ should cure everyone of the temptation to own a dog!

J F Norris said...

IRON WILL (about dog sledding), THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (the original, not the 90s remake), BENJI (an iconic movie from my teen age years), and BEST IN SHOW as the perfect movie to show how obsessive pet ownership can completely warp a human being. Yes, it's a comedy but it's so utterly true.

pattinase (abbott) said...

CUJO was the last King book I read.
BEST IN SHOW is fabulous. But I didn't think much of his current Netflix movie on mascots. He's recycling the same characters too much. Even if the names change.

sandra seamans said...

I recently watched "Good-Bye, My Lady". Wonderful movie about a boy and a dog he finds in the swamps. The ending is a real tearjerker.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Hey George, I still haven't gotten over the end of OLD YELLER!

I hated CUJO the book. Don't ask me why I watched the movie, which I hated as much.

BEST IN SHOW was great.

I liked Dick Powell as a murdered police dog come back to life as a detective to investigate his own murder in YOU NEVER CAN TELL (1951). He still scratches himself and eats dog biscuits.

Kent Morgan said...

Two dogs I enjoyed were Buck in The Call of the Wild and Demon in Snow Dogs, a movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr. Just before I read this post, I was speaking on the phone with the daughter of a dog musher who was part of the team that won gold at the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid. The lead dog named Toby was half-husky and half-greyhound. Alhtough the team was from northern Manitoba, the death of Toby was reported in Boston papers.

Cap'n Bob said...

A Boy and His Dog blew my mind the first time I read it. I enjoyed the movie, too. Of course there was Rinty, Lassie, and Bullet.

Anonymous said...

WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. When my husband read that to the girls, we were all crying by the time he read the last page!

And then there's BALTO, the dog who braved a blizzard to deliver medical supplies to a snowed-in Nome, which was in the throes of a diphtheria epidemic. The story may be somewhat fictionalized, but there's a statue of Balto in Central Park.


Anders E said...

Pluto, of course.

Rantanplan, though I only know him from the LUCKY LUKE comic books.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Don't think we get that comic here, Anders.