Category Archives: Famous Dogs

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Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Meet “Bobbie the Wonder Dog”.  In 1923 Bobbie was traveling with his family from Silverton, Oregon to Indiana.  At a fueling stop while in Indiana, this two year old Scotch Collie mix was separated from his family and disappeared.  After an exhaustive search the family had no choice but to leave instructions in case Bobbie showed up, and return home.  Nearly six months later in February of 1924, Bobbie showed up at the door of his owners, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Brazier.   Bobbie, thin, weathered, and weary, had somehow managed to find his way back to his Oregon home, a distance of approximately 2,800 miles, in the dead of winter.

While news of his amazing return quickly spread, many people simply could not believe that this amazing dog was able to make this trek back to where his journey began.  Officials from the Oregon Humane Society launched an investigation into the claim and were able to determine to their satisfaction that Bobbie did indeed travel this incredible distance.

Bobbie the Wonder Dog with his owner Frank Brazier

Instantly famous, Bobbie was celebrated, receiving medals, keys to the city, and a jewel-studded harness and collar.  Over 40,000 people came to see him at the Portland Home Show, where he was the guest of honor, and was presented with his own dog-sized bungalow.

Bobbie’s story was also featured on ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’, and inspired a book by Charles Alexander titled, “Bobbie, A Great Collie.”  He also played himself in the silent film, “The Call of the West.”

Upon his death in 1927, Bobbie was buried with honors at the Oregon Humane Society. Portland’s mayor gave the eulogy and later Rin Tin Tin laid a wreath at his grave.

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Droopy Dog 1951 Droopy’s Good Deed – VIDEO

Droopy is an animated cartoon character: an anthropomorphic dog with a droopy face, hence the name Droopy. He was created in 1943 by Tex Avery for theatrical cartoon shorts produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio. Essentially the polar opposite of Avery’s other famous MGM character, the loud and wacky Screwy Squirrel, Droopy moves slowly and lethargically, speaks in a jowly monotone voice, and—though hardly an imposing character—is shrewd enough to outwit his enemies. When finally roused to anger, often by a bad guy laughing heartily at him, Droopy is capable of beating adversaries twice his size with a comical thrashing (“You know what? That makes me mad!”).

The character first appeared, nameless, in Avery’s 1943 cartoon Dumb-Hounded. Though he would not be called “Droopy” onscreen until his fifth cartoon, Señor Droopy (1949), the character was officially first labeled Happy Hound, a name used in the character’s appearances in Our Gang Comics. After the demise of the Droopy series in 1958, the character has been revived several times for new productions, often television shows also featuring MGM’s other famous cartoon stars, Tom and Jerry.

In the cartoon Northwest Hounded Police, Droopy’s last name was given as “McPoodle”. In The Chump Champ, it was given as “Poodle”. Nevertheless, Droopy is generally understood to be a basset hound.

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Dogs Playing Poker

Dogs Playing Poker refers collectively to a series of sixteen oil paintings by C. M. Coolidge, commissioned in 1903 by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars. All the paintings in the series feature anthropomorphized dogs, but the nine in which dogs are seated around a card table are the most reproduced.

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The titles in the “Dogs Playing Poker” series proper are:

  • A Bold Bluff (originally titled Judge St. Bernard Stands Pat on Nothing)
  • A Friend in Need
  • His Station and Four Aces
  • Pinched with Four Aces
  • Poker Sympathy
  • Post Mortem
  • Sitting up with a Sick Friend
  • Stranger in Camp
  • Waterloo (originally titled Judge St. Bernard Wins on a Bluff)
  • Ten Miles to a Garage
  • Riding the Goat
  • New Year’s Eve in Dogville
  • One to Tie Two to Win
  • Breach of Promise Suit
  • The Reunion
  • A Bachelor’s Dog

These were followed in 1910 by a similar painting, Looks Like Four of a Kind. Some of the compositions in the series are modeled on paintings of human card-players by such artists as Caravaggio, Georges de La Tour, and Paul Cézanne.

The St. Bernard in the paintings Waterloo and A Bold Bluff was owned by the Fifth Avenue florist Theodore Lang, who counted Coolidge among his friends. The dog’s name was Captain. On February 15, 2005, the originals of A Bold Bluff and Waterloo were auctioned as a pair to an undisclosed buyer for US $590,400. The previous top price for a Coolidge was $74,000.

A website dedicated to the paintings of dogs playing poker, and their artist, Cassius Coolidge.  http://www.dogsplayingpoker.org/

 

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Carrie the Dancing Merengue Dog

This dog does a better Merengue than I do, for sure, and she appears to be content with performing, her tail wagging all the while. Too many people upload cruel videos to YouTube, in which they force their dogs to dance or pass off a sick or hurt dog as a “dancing dog”, so we decided to put together a collection of 10 dancing dogs with real talent. These ten dogs know how to move and love to perform. Check ‘em all out after the jump.

Possibly the smartest dog in the world?

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Nana the Border Collie Performs Amazing Dog Tricks


Incredible dog tricks performed by a Border Collie named Nana! From footstalls, to walking front paw handstands, to running backwards, Nana does it all.

NANA2All of Nana’s training is done exclusively with positive reinforcement and clicker training. Nana chooses to do all the behaviours in this video, and when she performs a trick, she is rewarded with lots of praise, toys, and treats. She loves what she does, and to her, “training” is all just a big game we play together!

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PUPPY ~ Jeff Koons Flower Puppy

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Puppy, 1992. Stainless steel, soil and flowering plants, 40 feet 8 3/16 inches × 27 feet 2 3/4 inches × 29 feet 10 1/4 inches (12 meters 40 cm × 830 cm × 910 cm). Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Jeff Koons rose to prominence in the mid-1980s as part of a generation of artists who explored the meaning of art in a media-saturated era and the attendant crisis of representation. With his stated artistic intention to “communicate with the masses,” Koons draws from the visual language of advertising, marketing, and the entertainment industry. Testing the limits between popular and elite culture, his sculptural menagerie includes Plexiglas-encased Hoover vacuum cleaners, basketballs suspended in glass aquariums, photographs of himself coupled with his then-wife Ilona Staller, also known as La Cicciolina (former adult-film star and member of Italian parliament), and porcelain homages to Michael Jackson and the Pink Panther. In extending the lineage of Dada and Marcel Duchamp, and integrating references to Minimalism and Pop, Koons stages art as a commodity that cannot be placed within the hierarchy of conventional aesthetics. Koons’s series Easyfun-Ethereal foregrounds happy-face deli sandwiches, spiraling roller-coaster rides, and windswept hair all set against sublime landscapes. The artist combines familiar yet unrelated images to create collagelike paintings rendered with photorealist perfection. These works recall the advertising iconography and billboard-style painting technique present in James Rosenquist’s canvases. Koons’s new brand of Pop painting cleverly engages other art-historical references, in particular Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Sandwiches, for example, is a disjunctive, free-floating fantasy. The collage of animated deli-meats, the turkey made of ice cream, and the cartoon eye and moustache recall the free-associative visual games of Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, and René Magritte, while the background streams and splashes of milk echo the abstractions of Jackson Pollock. Koons’s fusion of Pop representations with Surrealist and abstract overtones creates a hybrid of fun and fantasy, yielding a body of work that depicts gravity-defying forms of dreamlike pleasure.
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In Puppy, Koons engages both past and present, employing sophisticated computer modeling while referencing the 18th-century formal garden. A behemoth West Highland terrier carpeted in bedding plants, Puppy combines the most saccharine of iconography—flowers and puppies—in a monument to the sentimental. Its size—seemingly out-of-control (it is both literally and figuratively still growing) but carefully constructed and tightly contained—can be read as an analogue of contemporary culture. Dignified and stalwart, this work fills us with awe, and even joy, while standing guard at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In keeping with themes in his past work, Koons has, by combining elite references (topiary and dog breeding) with those of the masses (Chia Pets and Hallmark greeting cards), designed this public sculpture to relentlessly entice, to create optimism, and to instill, in his own words, “confidence and security.

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Tilman ~ The Skateboarding Bulldog!

Tillman, the skateboarding bulldog from the iPhone commercial, held the Guinness World Record for “Fastest 100 m on a skateboard by a dog.” His time was 19.678 seconds. In addition to skateboarding, Tillman also enjoyed surfing and snowboarding, and appeared on Greatest American Dog. He was nicknamed Pot Roast. On October 27, 2015, Tillman, who suffered from an irregular heartbeat, passed away at the age of 10.

All clips are from January 2007. Tillman was a little over a year old at the time.

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A little history of this first video. “I Filmed the video using a just purchased Panasonic Lumix TZ1. I was bicycling through Venice Beach California when I came upon the skateboarding dog. Originally the first video had the soundtrack “Giving In” by linkin Park. Once the video appeared in iphone commercials I removed the video from youtube because of the attention it was getting and I had no rights to use the song. As time approached for Apple’s release of the iphone with youtube, youtube contacted me and requested I reinstate the video without the soundtrack. Youtube wanted users to be able to view the skateboarding dog in the store and after purchasing their iphone. Unfortunately youtube gave me only a few hours to re-edited video before the iphone release. The original background sound on most of the clips was ruined by hysterical laughter from a woman watching Tillman so I cut and pasted sound in from other parts of the video to cover the laughter. That’s why some claim they hear the word eskimo over and over-lol.”