Celebrity Cats & Dogs

Celebrity Cats & Dogs

By: Judy Lore, AVHS Volunteer Columnist

A copy of PawPrint magazine arrived recently and I will borrow from it liberally. This issue includes articles on planning ahead for pet emergencies that will be costly, your aging dog and what to look for and how to help, pets with special needs, highlighting the Bombay cat, a pup who “talks,” and a kitty who acts as a hearing aid.

However, I am going to concentrate on a fun article to see if we can remember or know the breed of celebrity dogs and cats. I’m beginning with my all-time favorite, Snoopy of Charles Schultz Peanuts fame. I love all the Peanuts characters, but Snoopy is my hero of all those crazy kids. He is so wise and manages to be philosophical about so many of life’s issues. Did you know (I didn’t) that Snoopy is the official safety mascot of NASA and that Snoopy has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? As I see lots of Snoopy items for sale lately – including a sticker I paid an outrageous amount for and stuck on my car window – his popularity isn’t decreasing with today’s young folks.

In the satire spy series with Austin Powers, there was a cat named Mr. Bigglesworth, a Persian, who accompanied Dr. Evil, Austin’s nemesis. He was in a cryogenic frozen state at one point and returned after thawing as a hairless Sphynx. I don’t recall that.

Eddie of Frasier fame was played by a canine named Moose. He was a Jack Russell terrier and full of energy. There was a newer Frasier series and a human character was named Moose as a tribute to the late “Eddie.”

Alice in Wonderland had a Cheshire Cat believed to be a British shorthair. Cheshire Cat and Puss in Boots, also a British shorthair, were probably introduced to England by Roman soldiers way back in the day!

Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux (also known as a French mastiff) was Tom Hanks’s canine partner in the 1989 film Hooch. They require special training due to their size. They were used as guards on the estates of French nobility. They can be sweet and they do drool a lot.

Toto, a cairn terrier, beat out many, many canines for the role in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. What is interesting is Toto was paid $125 a week – maybe more than the actors at that time. Cairns are easy to train and love attention.

You might want to use this as a quiz among your friends. I enjoyed reading about all these pets, but would surely have failed it as a quiz!


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