Whether they are saving Timmy from the well or rescuing victims buried under the rubble after 9/11, dogs have long captivated our imaginations and stolen our hearts.
At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital we want to celebrate them all, from four-legged Hollywood stars to real-life heroes. We’ve put together a list of our top ten favorite famous canines for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
Ten Famous Canines
- Trakr – Search and rescue dog Trakr was named one of history’s most heroic dogs by Time Magazine. In the aftermath of 9/11, the German Shepherd and his handler dug through the debris at the World Trade Center and located the last survivor.
- Lassie – Perhaps one of the most famous TV dogs of all time, Lassie delighted audiences in the 1940s and 50s. This famous canine had such a devoted following that a new TV series about her was created in the 1990s and a feature film made in 2005.
- Balto – After the town of Nome, Alaska was hit with a deadly outbreak of diphtheria in the middle of winter and the only available serum for the disease was in Anchorage, 500 miles away. Teams of dog sleds and drivers took on the challenge, relaying over a five day journey, with Balto emerging as a hero after he led his team through 54 miles of blizzards and -40 degree temperatures.
- Buddy – The lovable Golden Retriever starred in the wildly popular movie, Air Bud, as a dog who led a middle school basketball team to victory (sure, why not?).
- Boo – Boo the Pomeranian rose to Facebook fame in 2010 as the “cutest dog in the world”, secured a book deal, and even had a stuffed animal made in his likeness. Although he passed away in 2019, he still has over 16 million Facebook followers.
- Snoopy – Charlie Brown’s canine companion is arguably the most beloved member of the Peanuts gang, and has been delighting his fans since
- Rin Tin Tin – This famous German Shepherd was found as a puppy in war-ravaged France during WWII by an American soldier who eventually took him home to Los Angeles. There, Rin Tin Tin was discovered by a filmmaker at a dog show and went on to star in 30 movies (and saving a bankrupt Warner Bros. studio).
- Doug the Pug – Doug’s social media fame originated on Instagram in 2014. He has a book, a line of toys, and has met dozens of celebrities – all due to his cuteness factor.
- Sinbad – After a Coast Guard ship captain discovered one of his sailors had smuggled a black and brown puppy aboard during World War II, he took it as an opportunity to teach his crew responsibility. The men bonded over caring for the pup, and Sinbad ended up spending 11 of his 14 years of life serving with the United States Coast Guard. He was buried with military honors.
- Santa’s Little Helper – The cartoon Greyhound and beloved Simpson’s character doesn’t crack jokes or walk on his hind legs like other cartoon dogs, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have many notable achievements under his belt. Santa’s Little Helper has passed obedience school, trained as a police dog, fathered litters of puppies, become the mascot for Duff Beer, and was even given away to an ostrich farm (only to return again shortly after).
Did your favorite famous canines make our list? Let us know the next time you’re in to see us, or post to our social media page. And as always, don’t hesitate to contact our team with any questions or concerns you may have about your four-legged best pal.