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11 Celebrity Dogs from TV & Film and How They Utilized Their Fame

Benji (Benji, 1974): Worked as a canvasser for the Reagan campaign in 1980 by pissing on Carter/Mondale yard signs and shitting on people’s lawns.


• Rin Tin Tin (The Man from Hell’s River, 1922): After his repatriation to Germany in the early 1930s, became an outspoken advocate in support of rising National Socialist German Workers Party leader Adolf Hitler.


• Balto (Balto, 1995): Returned to the Alaskan wilderness after becoming disenchanted with shallow Hollywood nightlife. Spent his later years barking at spawning salmon.


• Pluto (Mickey’s Magical Christmas, 2001): After a series of highly publicized barking outbursts at members of the Jewish faith, underwent extensive sensitivity training and was subsequently forgiven by faith leaders. Is currently petitioning Disney executives for the role of young Chewbacca in a Star Wars spinoff film.


• Hooch (Turner & Hooch, 1989): Traveled to the Korean peninsula to assist in the effort to expose human rights abuses. Was captured by North Korean forces and eaten by Kim Jong-il.


• Beethoven (Beethoven, 1992): Found dead at the Chateau Marmont after ingesting a lethal combination of grapes and chocolate.


• Toto (The Wizard of Oz, 1939): Unable to shake his puppy star image, Toto began working behind the cameras as a script doctor before being blacklisted for his ties to the Communist Party between 1943-46.


• Lassie (Lassie, 1954): Invested much of his television earnings into weapons manufacturers at the onset of the Vietnam War. Eventually retired to his oceanside estate and spent his later years barking at dolphins.


• Eddie (Frasier, 1993) Became heavily involved in the Church of Scientology and recruited a number of other famous television canines into the religion, including Scooby-Doo and Air Bud.


• Old Yeller (Old Yeller, 1957): Was famously shot.


• Snoopy (A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965): Was famously shot for treason.


 

Written by Michael Ferro

Michael Ferro

Michael A. Ferro’s debut novel, TITLE 13, will be published by Harvard Square Editions in February 2018. He received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award and he is a contributor to Splitsider and featured writer for Points in Case. Michael’s fiction has appeared in numerous journals in both print and online. Born and bred in Detroit, Michael has lived, worked, and written throughout the Midwest; he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor, Michigan. Additional information can be found at: www.michaelaferro.com and @MichaelFerro.

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