Over the years, pets have become famous for all different reasons. We know famous pets from television, movies, politics and even from their famous owners. Depending on your age you may remember everyone’s favorite German Shepherd, Rin Tin Tin. The original Rin Tin Tin was a puppy found by an American soldier in France during World War I. The dog became famous for being in movies. In the 1950’s a television show based on this dog became popular.
Another famous pet from the 1950’s was the much loved Lassie. Lassie was on television from 1954 to 1973. The female Lassie was actually played by various male collies, all related to the original dog, Pal. Lassie first came to life as a main character in a short story written in the Saturday Evening Post in 1938. That lead to the book “Lassie, Come Home” and the movie of the same name.
There were famous horses on television too. You probably all remember Mr. Ed, the talking horse. Of course only Mr. Ed’s owner Wilbur ever heard him talking. Mr. Ed was played by a Palomino horse. Trainers got Mr. Ed to move his lips like he was talking by giving him peanut butter. The comedy was on television from 1961 to 1965. The famous cowboy Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger performed together for over 25 years. Another popular television show from the 1950’s was The Lone Ranger. He was a Texas marshall fighting crime in the old West. He had a big white horse called Silver.
Some more recent famous pets from television and movies include, White Fang, about a wolf-dog’s journey through the Yukon territory during the Klondike Gold Rush, and who could forget Hooch from Turner and Hooch? Turner, played by Tom Hanks was a neat freak that got stuck with a murder victim’s dog. Hooch was played by a Dogue de Bordeaux, which is a type of mastiff. Of course Hooch was a big slobbery mess. In the movie, Hooch gives up his life to save Turner.