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Which breed makes the best movie dogs? – The most famous movie dogs in history

Which breed is the best for a movie? Is there such a thing? I would say NO. If we think back and just follow the movie industry we can see that many dogs, of many different breeds, have successful careers in movies and television. It all depends on the dog.

We’re located in Los Angeles, the heart of the entertainment industry… and I’ve met a lot of dog and cat owners dreaming of their pets working in show business. They train, groom and go to castings, pay a lot of money for agencies and trainers just to get their foot (paw?) in the door. Many are persistent and drag their dogs from one casting to another. Once I met a guy at the dog park who told me about his beautiful Doberman — and how he attends 4 castings or auditions a month to make his dog a famous movie star. He really wants his dog in showbiz – Good luck, buddy!

We know a famous yellow Labrador often used in ads and movies. He was trained at a very young age, lives with a forever foster family, and just like a human actor, is listed with an agency and is always waiting for the call. And where do these dogs in movies come from? Hhmm, that’s another topic we’re going to write about soon!

Let’s see if there is any specific dog bred for likely stardom. We took a look at the different breeds in the movies we know and can remember:

– The first dog in a movie I remember is loyal Lassie – a Collie – the star of the all-time classic dog movie Lassie Come Home (1943) and the beloved series of Lassie films.

– Rin Tin Tin (also Rin-tin-tin) was legendary in films of the 20’s and 30’s, with a successor going on to big success on television in the 50’s. The TV program lasted 166 episodes on ABC from 1954 until 1959, following the adventures of young Rusty and his German Shepherd.

Old Yeller (1957) is an classic as well – the story of a boy who adopts a Mountain Cur Dog that wandered onto the family’s ranch.

Benji (1974) is another one – the shaggy-haired mutt who becomes a canine hero by helping rescue two kidnapped children.

– When it comes to cop and dog movies I remember Turner and Hootch (1989) which is one of my favorites… our dog Samson was a Dogue de Bordeaux and I know that the breed got pretty popular after the movie.

– Another huge hit was Beethoven – the adventures of a big (and slobbery!) St. Bernard.

Eight Below is a really entertaining movie as well – six Siberian Huskies and two Malamutes are unfortunately left behind at a research station by a sled dog trainer who was forced to evacuate because of a big storm.

– I’ve heard about My Dog Skip but haven’t had the chance to watch it. It’s the story about a boy who lives in Mississippi with his Fox Terrier puppy. It’s a sentimental movie which portrays the special relationship between dogs and humans.

– I liked Hercules in the Sandlot, about a huge English Mastiff, a fantastic giant dog. Actually… I just loved seeing this dog and didn’t care about the story so much:)

– Have you seen Buddy, the Golden Retriever in Air Bud? This dog is a multi-sport phenomenon.

Milo and Otis is a very sweet movie as well – A red cat and his best friend, a Pug. Milo and Otis is like the most wonderful storybook read by an English man showing you the illustrations the entire time. It took 4 years to film.

101 Dalmatians. Guess which breed was involved? 🙂

– I also liked Babe, the pig with the two Border Collies

The Awful Truth features Wire Fox Terrier – I haven’t seen this one. This is Rufino’s favorite [The dog’s adorable – and Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are superb in this marriage comedy – Hi everybody! – Rufino]

– A Komondor was the canine actor in Backdraft

– You can see a Brussels Griffon in As Good as it Gets

– In one of the Harry Potter films you can see a Neapolitan Mastiff named Fan

– Roly, a white/creme Standard Poodle was in the TV series Eastenders

– Jack Russell Terriers have given impressive performances this past year, in the recent films The Artist and Beginners

I love this dog watching a romantic canine couple, co cute.

When it comes to animated movies, there are so many that I can’t list them all. Some I have watched are All Dogs Go To Heaven, 101 Dalmatians, The Fox and the Hound, Lady and the Tramp, All Dogs Christmas Carol, Garfield (I know this is not a dog, but his friend is one:), The Adventures of Tintin, the list goes on and on…

Which one is your personal favorite? I don’t know if I really have a favorite. I just love to see dogs on screen. So, bottom line: There is NO specific breed I could find which is in particular the best for movies.

All dogs are stars and I’m sure your own dog is always your personal super star!

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Raise Funds with Pure Gold – Celebrate Pets and Books

PackPeople is so grateful to have featured Holli Pfau and her wonderful book, Pure Gold – Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers (hear the interview here) last month, and we’re delighted to share with you a note from Holli about a great way for your shelter, humane society or rescue to raise funds:

“For every copy of the book that’s sold in bookstores during December, I’ll donate $5 to a shelter, humane society or rescue group designated by the bookstore.  And it’s easy to participate.  A group just needs to contact their local bookstore and ask them to stock Pure Gold.  Then send emails to volunteers, supporters and donors to generate traffic for the store and encourage sales.  (They might also invite donors to match my donation, to maximize the income.)  In January, the bookstore just needs to tell me how many copies were sold and who the beneficiary will be, and I’ll put a check in the mail.

Quick, easy and hopefully productive for the rescue group.  If the book isn’t already on the shelves, the store can easily order it and it will arrive in just a couple of days.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know.  Our goal is to raise funds for rescue work, so we’re happy to consult and advise.”

For inquiries, please visit www.puregoldbook.com to learn more about this excellent work, and contact Holli at publisher@puregoldbook.com

Thank you for sharing this offer, as well as your dedication, with PackPeople and our community, Holli! – Yurda and Rufino

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In Praise of Golden Retrievers – Interview with Sandy from GRCGLA Rescue

We found The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue while we were looking for breed specific rescues to interview. Holli Pfau’s interview had led us to Golden Retrievers and we wanted to learn more about this very popular breed and GRCGLA Rescue’s challenging work in rescuing, helping and rehoming Goldens. GRCGLA Rescue is a non-profit organization founded in 2001, operates in 6 Southern California counties, has taken in over 3,500 Golden Retrievers since 2003 and has around 40 dogs for adoption right now.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sandy Diamond, President of GRCGLA Rescue, and learning more about the temperament and qualities of Goldens. We’re grateful to share about their program Project Taiwan as well as what you should know if you are thinking of starting your own rescue, sanctuary or foundation. Also, Sandy shared her perspective on rescue work and what they need the most for their mission to continue helping Golden Retrievers. If you want to foster a Golden over the holidays – or beyond – please contact: info@grcglarescue.org.

Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue – Sandy by PackPeople 

Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue

Web: http://www.grcglarescue.org

Twitter: @grcglarescue

Facebook: Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles RESCUE

Sandy recommends the following to our audience:

Book: Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD and Karen B. London, PhD

Journal: The Whole Dog Journal subscribe at www.whole-dog-journal.com

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Rescuing Dogs from Lab Research – Interview with Beagle Freedom Project's Gary Smith

Beagle Freedom Project began in December 2010 when Shannon Keith received information that beagles used for  lab research were to be given a chance at freedom. Now, Beagle Freedom Project functions as a mission of Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME, also founded by Shannon Keith), rescuing and finding homes for lab research beagles, an unfortunate commodity in the scientific community.

We had the great pleasure of interviewing Gary Smith, Director of  Operations, and the video attached shares our conversation regarding research beagles (usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed and sell dogs), the dedication and optimism involved in rescue, and their latest effort rescuing 41 Beagles from a Spanish laboratory (and how you can help this worthwhile endeavor).

We also learned what they need the most, why an amount of 14 billion dollars is funded by the U.S. for animal testing every year, what alternatives exist to using these animals for scientific research,  and how we all can change our consumer habits to help animals.

Web: http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org

Twitter: @BeagleFreedom

Facebook: Beagle Freedom Project

You Tube: Beagle Freedom Project


Gary recommends the following links:

Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME) www.arme.tv

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine www.pcrm.org

Mercy For Animals www.mercyforanimals.org

Stray Cat Alliance www.straycatalliance.org

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Interview with Holli Pfau, author of "Pure Gold" – and a chance to win a signed copy!

Holli Pfau, a truly gifted writer and avid golden retriever lover, recounts the joys, challenges, and rewards of sharing her life with six rescued golden retrievers, each with a distinct personality that offers genuine love. One by one, Holli introduces readers to these remarkable dogs, from the wise Nikki to the abused but loving and energetic Chatter.

Holli’s new book, Pure Gold, is a tribute to her 6 rescued Golden Retrievers and the riches they brought to her life. Co-founder of a nationally recognized hospital program of animal-assisted therapy, Holli says her rescued and second-hand dogs have indelibly touched her life. Now she has made it her mission in life to support the efforts of those who save discarded dogs and help them find forever homes.

We had the terrific pleasure of talking to Holli last week on the phone. She shared with us her adventures, joys and challenges and insights into the world of agility as well as her innovative, effective hospital program.

Book Author Holli Pfau – Pure Gold by PackPeople

Book GiveAway Contest

As a very special bonus, PackPeople is excited to give you, our audience, a chance to win a signed copy of Pure Gold. After you’ve enjoyed the interview, please send us, in the comments section 100 words or less about a dog that has changed your life for the better or just “Like” us on Facebook, Tweet the article or Follow Us on Twitter. You automatically qualify by clicking the Like, Tweet or Follow Button, yes – it’s so easy! Then, a winner will be chosen by raffle on Friday, November 26. The winner will receive a free, autographed copy of this wonderful book!

Pure Gold – Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers

Web: http://www.puregoldbook.com

In addition to Pure Gold and PackPeople (yay!), Holli recommends:

Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

Scent of the Mission: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson

Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me and anything else by Jon Katz

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UK-based DogCast Radio – Interview with Julie Hill

While maintaining our PackPeople’s Twitter account 1 month ago I found Julie Hill’s profile and thought that this could be a very interesting addition to our interview series.  Julie is the founder of DogCast Radio, a twice monthly radio show all about dogs which first aired in 2005. On her website you can hear the show for free, download it for listening at home or on your MP3 player, or subscribe to it as a Podcast.

This entertaining and informative show for dog lovers covers important and interesting topics such as dog training, dog news, dog adoption, health…. the list is endless, and it’s truly fun to listen and learn!

Julie’s enthusiasm about what she does is engaging, and we’re grateful she joined us from her home base in England. We’re honored to share the interview with our PackPeople audience of animal advocates and responsible pet owners.

DogCast Radio show with Julie Hill by PackPeople
DogCast Radio

Web: http://www.dogcastradio.com

Twitter: @DogCastRadio

Facebook: DogCast Radio

Julie recommended following books, videos and pet related links:

Books: Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog  by Ted Kerasote

Links: Hound TV    www.houndtv.com

PetPlanet – a great resource to research breeds to adopt – www.petplanet.co.uk

Facebook and Twitter – social media is valuable for networking with other dog lovers and dog owners

Video: Eight Below  directed by Frank Marshall – Eight brave sled dogs search for their master, who is trying to rescue them in this adventure-drama.

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Interview with Dogster's Top Dog Ted Rheingold – Helping Dogs and Cats Get Adopted Every Day

Massively popular Dogster (www.dogster.com) is a platform for dog lovers, an online community with over one million subscribers, 800,000 pet profiles and two million unique visitors every month. Dogster Inc., the creator of award-winning Dogster as well as its feline counterpart Catster (www.catster.com), offers knowledgeable and trustworthy resources, expert points of view and a vast wealth of opinions, advice and wisdom from a huge community of dog and cat owners.

We had a great time interviewing the Founder, CEO and Top Dog at Dogster, Ted Rheingold – a passionate animal lover who wanted to create a platform in 2004 for dog lovers to share pictures of their dogs and communicate with other like-minded people. He shared with us his insights of one of the biggest dog- and cat-related online platforms in existence.

Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople) / Interviewee: Ted Rheingold

dogster.com  –  catster.com

Dog lovershttp://www.dogster.comCat Lovershttp://www.catster.com

Twitter: @dogster  –  @catster

Facebook: Dogster   –   Catster

Fun and interesting websites Ted mentioned are:

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund  –  www.dccfund.org

Teddy the Dog – www.teddythedog.com

Dog is Good – www.dogisgood.com

Note: Ted will speak at the BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta end of this month. Visit BarkWorld Expo – a Social Media Event.

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PackPeople adds your fundraising to our mission!

Hi, Fellow PackPeople –

We are very excited to announce a new phase in our mission toward achieving a no-kill nation – the launch of our free platform that can be used by shelters and rescues all across America and abroad to raise funds, increase awareness, manage and organize volunteers and events.

 

With PackPeople’s new organizing platform, groups and individuals will be able to support, start and join animal welfare groups in an easy-to-follow online format, illustrated below:

The launch of this new development is coming soon, and we hope you’ll join PackPeople as a participating member to gain the benefits of this free program – one that will help save and improve the lives of countless animals.

Of course, we’ll continue to feature our interviews with the people who make animal rescue, welfare and care a priority, as well as our informative blog entries from passionate animal activists. So in the meantime, please enjoy reading the information we truly enjoy sharing.

Sincerely,

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Speaking Up for Z

We love this entry from guest blogger Katie Jockers at endurapet.com and Beloved Beasts… very important words about believing in – and speaking up for – pit bulls, animals and the mission to save lives. Thank you, Katie! – Rufino and Yurda

[from Katie:]

An interesting thing happened last week:

I exited the grocery store and found myself facing a soft, handsome, 8-month-old tan and white pit bull. A young man was proudly holding his leash. I waited my turn as the lady in front of me dropped her groceries to give pats and praise, and then I asked if I might say hello to the furry man of the hour. Permission granted, I proceeded to pat and compliment and gush. The dog’s name is “Z”. I complimented the young man on how nice and well-socialized his puppy was. Of course, I also took the opportunity to ask if he had attended the rally at the state capital in support of reversing Denver’s breed ban. No? He didn’t even know about it. I gave him the information to join one of the local groups, and scrawled out StubbyDog and BAD RAP’s info for him, which he was glad to have.
(BAD RAP and StubbyDog are both excellent online pit bull resources. Although they are not in Denver, I wanted him to see both)

Then, I can only think he misunderstood me, because then he boasted, “We breed Pits too! We have Daisy and Meathead, Desi and ZanyMan… They all have huge heads, man. It’s sick, Yo.”

Huh?

I didn’t know what to say. I picked up my bag, told him his dog was a sweetie, and started to walk away. I was stunned. As I processed what I had just heard, I began muttering “Idiot!” under my breath. Suddenly in my head the young man was no longer a nice guy out with his dog. He was an idiotic, baggy pants, sideways-hat-wearing, irresponsible, stupid, lowlife punk.

How quickly we change. The things I regarded minutes before merely as unfortunate, yet harmless, fashion choices on his part now became evidence of this punk-ass lowlife monster and propagator of misery for the breed I love so dearly. I hate it that I did this, but I did. I gathered peripheral details and stacked them up against him, almost justifying walking away instead of trying to talk to him.

Let me just say here that I know talking to people who “don’t get” it is not going to change things in a day, and I don’t hold any crazy ideas that some people will suddenly stop regarding pit bulls as badges and things. But I think that when it is safe to do so, we need to speak up for those who can’t. I am not proud to admit I almost walked away and complained without saying something, but I think it is a choice we all have to face and I need you to know that yes, it was hard. It was scary, and even though I am outspoken about animal well-being in general, I still almost walked away.

I knew I had to say something, and I also knew I had to collect myself. I put my groceries in my Jeep. Hopped in, and pulled around to catch him as he walked around to the back of the store. I felt safer up in my Jeep. I had already decided he would not want to hear what I had to say. I waved, smiled, and said just that:

“Hi again! Look, I know you probably aren’t going to want to hear this, but my life is dedicated to working with animals, and I spend a huge amount of time working on behalf of pit bulls. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t at least try. Can we talk for a minute about why I want you to reconsider breeding them?”

“Okay” (Wow! He said okay. Neat!)

“You see, it is clear that you really love Z, and this is not meant to be an attack on you personally… but I wonder if you are aware of the number of pit bulls at the county shelter right now?”

“I know, Man. That’s messed up.”

“So you do know how many are in the shelter right now, and that most of them will be euthanized? Did you also know that all across the US shelters are overflowing with wonderful pitties who will end up in garbage bags today and every day?”

(He stares at me)

“I am talking to you about this because I thought you might want to know. It makes me sad to hear that you’re breeding them, when for every dog you produce, another in the shelter loses his or her chance at life. I wanted to let you know this, so that maybe you will reconsider.”

“Yeah, well it’s my grandpa who’s the breeder. He has a license to breed them and everything, He is real careful about selling them and shit. We don’t fight ‘em, we sell them for protection.”

Here is the place where I had to count three breaths before I responded, “And I can see that your grandpa has taught you well about respecting the breed and cultivating a friendship with Z. That’s great! Can I buy you lunch so we can talk some more?”

Long story, but after sitting on the curb outside as he nursed his milkshake and just talking for 30 minutes, he was asking questions and really doing some thinking. People came and patted Z, who was loving the extra attention. We talked in detail about euthanasia, something about which he had very little information. We talked about why it is especially hard to swallow the fact that anyone would think of breeding pit bulls when just 10 blocks away – where Denver borders our neighborhood – countless innocent dogs have been lost because of Denver’s insane breed ban. We talked about the opportunities available for him to work with pit bulls and the other ways he can gain respect and feel pride – like training, speaking out against breed bans, and educating people about the breed. We agreed that it is likely Grandpa may not change his mind, and will probably tell him the crazy lady at the grocery store was off her rocker, but he promised to talk to him.

It was a better outcome than I had expected, and I guess the reason I’m sharing this is because I’d like to encourage others to try for a minute move beyond the anger, and try to talk to people like this young man. While we might want to flip out and scream, it sometimes pays to try to channel a much calmer, less horrified person for a few minutes… and try to talk to them like we really believe they might change. The result may not always be like this, so be safe, but please do consider speaking up. I am glad I did.

And what did I learn?

I found that had more in common with this this kid than I thought, Yo.

Pit Bulls are currently banned in our nearby city of Denver. More on breed ban here: http://stubbydog.org/2011/03/the-psychology-of-breed-bans/

More articles with and about Pit Bulls: Interview with ChakoInterview with PBRCInterview with PCDRInterview with Downtown Dog Rescue Article about Pit Bulls

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70% are Pit Bulls in animal shelters – Audio Interview with PBRC – Teal Erickson

Founded in 1996, Pit Bull Rescue Central has created more than an informational website; it’s a virtual shelter and resource for owners and caretakers of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and pit bull mixes. Pit Bull Rescue Central envisions a compassionate world where pit bulls and pit bull mixes reside in responsible, loving homes and where their honor and positive image is restored and preserved. PBRC provides tons of information about the breed and pitbull education.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from PBRC Adoption Coordinator Teal Erickson, and we’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and insights in helping dogs find loving homes and educating people.

Pit Bull Rescue Central  – http://www.pbrc.net/

Twitter: @PBRCtweets

Facebook: Pit Bull Rescue Central

Interviewee: Teal Erickson / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this wonderful audio interview here:
PBRC by PackPeople

www.pbrc.net has great websites and links listed; Teal also would like to draw attention to

Collar Mania  – www.collarmania.com

Ella’s Lead  – www.ellaslead.com

Paco Collars – www.pacocollars.com

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More Pit Bull related interviews? Please check out:

Interview with Chako

Interview with Pacific Coast Dog Rescue 

Interview with Downtown Dog Rescue

Misconception about Pit Bulls