Recently Variety a slideshow titled “The Best Movie Dogs of All Time“. It was prompted by the release of the movie “Dog Days” and features twenty of the best appearances by dogs in movies through the years.
I will save you a ton of clicking and put the top 10 here, but following that I will list a few recent movies that I feel should have made the cut.
10. Buddy in “Air Bud” (1997)
9. Beethoven (1992)
8. Arthur from “Beginners” (2010)
7. The Beast in “The Sandlot” (1993)
6. Old Yeller (1957)
5. Flealick from “Babe: Pig In The City” (1998)
4. Marley in “Marley and Me” (2008)
3. Toto in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
2. Lassie in “Lassie Come Home” (1943)
1. “Benji” (1974)
I would like to add a few movies to this list to make it a little more current.
Bailey (Bailey, Bailey) from A Dogs Purpose (2017). While this wasn’t reviewed well by the Rotten Tomatoes critics, it definitely tugged at the heartstrings of the audience. In parts it was a hard movie to watch as it deals with the passing of “Bailey” several times as he comes back in a new incarnation, but because it was handled in a tasteful way, we were able to connect to the main storyline. Even though Bailey is played by several dogs, the ‘spirit of Bailey’ narrates the movie and brings us along on this journey.
Max from Max (2015) is another recent movie where the dog takes center stage. IMDB describes the movie as “A Malinois dog that helped American Marines in Afghanistan returns to the United States and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.” Not only did it resonate with audiences, but provided the foundation for a sequel.
Because of the bond humans have with dogs in real life, it is no surprise that we can connect with canine-led stories in the movies. While a lot of movies are based on conjecture (us creating a story based on what we want to see rather than what dogs actually may be thinking or doing), they are inspirational and bring out the hope in all of us.
One agency that certifies that “No Animals Were Harmed” in the filming of these movies is the American Human Association, through their Humane Hollywood initiative. When you see their logo and the “No Animals Were Harmed” tagline in the credits of the movie you just enjoyed, you can know that the animals shown in the movie were treated fairly and safely during their time on and off set.
On the August 3rd, 2017 episode of The View, rescue dogs from the BARC Shelter in Brooklyn were the stars, along regular co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, Sarah Haines, and Jedediah Bilah.
Bill Smith of BARC introduced several adoptable pups of an assorted mix of breeds that would be suitable for all kinds of families.
Bill Smith from BARC Shelter in Brooklyn holding Athena a Doberman-mix on ABC’s The View
BARC’s mission is “to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals and to find permanent loving homes for them. While in our care, we provide them with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve.”
Check out the website for The View to see all of the dogs featured on the episode.
Bill Smith from BARC Shelter showing Whoopie Goldberg an adoptable dog; Teenie.
The View has long been an advocate for rescue dogs. They feature an annual episode “Mutt Show” also featuring dogs available for adoption from shelters across the U.S.
Jill Rappaport with Nicolle Wallace and Mario Cantone on The View’s “Best In Shelter” episode
Jill Rappaport, a long-time animal activist, has made several appearances on the show. She highlights dogs and is an advocate for adption; hosting her own NBC Special “Best In Shelter“.
What goes with popcorn like butter and a movie? To recognize #NationalPopcornDay, let’s look back a this post from last year: Rescue Dogs Take The Starring Role that spotlights rescue dogs in the movies and on TV.
This year was another dog-filled movie year with films like Max, and the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose. Not live-action, but The Secret Life Of Pets gave us a look at what happens when the people aren’t home.
Grab a bucket of popcorn and your remote, and get settled in for great stories with our canine friends.
This year was the seventh annual Pawscar Awards from the American Humane Association. The award celebrates the top animal stars in film and television.
This year, hosts Pauley Perrette (CSI) and Lou Wegner (The Pledge, A Christmas Tree Miracle) presented awards in eight categories plus three more voted by the public. The list of categories and winners is below.
During the ceremony, from Perette’s house, she and Lou gave facts about the AHA and what was involved in the recording of iconic scenes from each movie. Did you know that in the rain scenes of The Hunger Games, Buttercup the cat, was covered in warm water. When the scenes were over, the cats were towel-dried and moved to a warming tent.
For more than 75 years, American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” program has acted as the only official film-industry sanctioned group ensuring the humane protection, safety and welfare of animal actors on the sets of movies, television shows, and commercial shoots. Each year the program oversees the protection of more than 100,000 animal actors on more than 1,000 sets in the U.S. and around the globe.
Check out the “No Animals Were Harmed” program detials and guidelines at: www.humanehollywood.org
Article picture credit: screenshot AHA Youtube channel.
Celebrities and their famous canine companions honored man’s best friend at THE WORLD DOG AWARDS hosted by George Lopez.
The CW published a complete list of winners including these below. Be sure to visit their website for a complete recap of the show!
Full list of winners from THE WORLD DOG AWARDS:
- Dog of the Year: Gabe, therapy dog to wounded U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford
- Top Movie Dog: Carlos as “Max” (from the film “Max)
- Top TV Dog: Scruffy as “Whoopty Woo” (television series “Empire”)
- A-List Dog: Amanda Seyfried and Finn
- Pawpular: Manny The Frenchie (@manny_the_frenchie on Instagram)
- Supporting Actor to a Dog: Jason Schwartzman in the film “7 Chinese Brothers”
- Best Dressed: Doug The Pug
- Most Amazing Journey: Sissy
- Top Spot: “Mastery” / Chase (a commercial that featured a dog)
- Celebrity Dog Selfie: Joey Graceffa and Wolf
- Top Trick: Norman, the Bike Riding Dog
- Happiest Reunion: Calla and Wrigley and Army E-5 SGT Krista Coey
- Hot Dog: Dally, the Horserider
- Most Dog-Like Animal: Amy Trotter, the Pig
- My New Puppy: iJustine and Matt
- Pop Dog: “All of Me” (Charity) – John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Puddy and Pippa
- Performing Pups: Nathan
- Best Rescue: Joel Silverman and Duchess
- Top Video Game Dog: River as “Dogmeat” from “Fallout 4”
- Underdog: Khalessi
- The Dog’s Life Achievement: Toto (from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz”)
- Subaru Pet Hall of Fame: JJ
- Award of Loyalty: Saint and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Harbaugh
The awards are presented by IAMS brand and SUBARU.
Source: Winners of “The World Dog Awards”
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According to IMDB, these are the Top Five movies Dexter would like. They list 25 of the top dog movies, and these are the cream of the crop that made it to the top. Some I don’t know. Some I’ve never seen. They are all legendary in their own right, however.
1. Lady and the Tramp
Who can say anything badly about this movie. Its Disney and dogs at their finest. Its a love story, a story of separation and reunification; two lovers separated by their societal class. Heartwarming. I’m glad its number one.
2. Lassie Come Home
Wow. 1943. They are really reaching into the vault for this one. A story of a boy and his dog, his rescue dog. Lassie escapes from her new owner and travels across Great Britain. No boys in wells in this movie, but still a great family-friendly talking picture to bring back some memories.
3. Clash of the Wolves
Continuing the theme of description movie names, Clash of the Wolves as a title gives you a good idea what happens. This one is Rin Tin Tin, another golden oldie western, about a Miner and his dog.
4. Pups is Pups
Clearly, the use of the English languages hasn’t improved much since Number Four on our list was produced. I’ve never seen this one. The comments describe it as a “talking short” recorded in the nineteen thirties. While not unsafe for children, I read that you should probably have a talk with them before watching it.
5. The Pooch
Heavy in star power, The Pooch casts Norman ‘Chubby’ Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba, Allen ‘Farina’ Hoskins in this 20-minute short as they enter their dog in a dog show.
Surprising were the movies that ended up way down the list like Old Yeller, Turner and Hooch, The Incredible Journey, Call of the Wild, and the Wizard of Oz.