Over the years, we have seen many of our faithful furry pals star in movies, cartoons, TV shows, and books. Some dogs even get the top billing, and you certainly can’t go wrong with a dog protagonist. So, what makes dogs such likeable characters? Here’s a look at some lovable dogs who managed to capture our hearts.
Snoopy has to be the most iconic fictional dog. Charlie Brown’s loyal beagle started out as a minor character when he was introduced in 1950, but soon his fame began to grow (because he’s cute!) and he became a major character in the late 50s. Snoopy was extremely popular that after the Apollo I fire, he became the official mascot of aerospace safety, testing and the rebuilding of the Apollo Program.
Ahh, Lassie. Good ol’ Lassie. Our favorite collie dog made her first appearance on a short novel by Eric Knight called Lassie Come-Home, which was published in 1940. The novel was made into a film with a dog named Pal playing Lassie. Though the character was a female, all of the dog actors that played Lassie were male since they retain a thicker coat during the summer.
Scooby Doo, where are you? Scooby is a lovable (and cowardly) Great Dane who can talk, but he usually puts the letter “R” in front of words. When writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears created Scooby, they originally made him a sidekick character called “Too Much”. Good thing they decided to change his character and rename the show they were creating after him, otherwise we would have never met this cultural icon.
When the film Beethoven came out on 1992, we were introduced to this gigantic fun-loving St. Bernard. Beethoven stole our hearts by showing us his loyalty to his family (and by being cuddly).
Clifford the Big Red Dog
In 1963, Norman Bridwell introduced Clifford to us with the children’s book titled Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford went on to star in many children’s books, TV shows, and even video games.
Introduced in 1930, Mickey Mouse’ pet pooch continues to be one of Disney’s biggest stars. Pluto appeared in 89 short films between 1930 and 1953, and several were even nominated for an Academy Award. One of his films, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942.
Meg and Baylee
Living in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, these two aren’t just lovable and cute; their adventures also teach us how to find solutions to some of life’s many challenges; including how to deal with anxiety, accept change and transform negative thinking to positive thoughts. Created by Ethel K Coffey, Meg and Baylee first appeared in Cloud Watchers.
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