Our Best Friends

The title of this hub is so very easy to answer, because in my life my dogs have been my best friends.

My very first friend was a Beagle called Lassie and I shared all my secrets with her, some good but mainly bad !!

My dogs have accepted me for who I am and didn’t play cruel mind games, like many adults did. My dogs have never been just pets they have been very very important members of my family and my friends through to the bitter end.

My next dog was a cross Alsatian called Albie he was a rescue dog and due to having suffered distemper , he’d been left with a twitch in his front leg. However the vet explained that he was in no pain and this should not hamper his life in any way. This was true because he lived to a grand old age of 13 years.

My next best friend was again a rescue, this time a little Beagle called Jenny, however she only lived about three years and at the age of 6 years had to be put to rest due to cancer.

Next was a brown and tan Doberman called Major, I had him from an 8 week old pup and he was the sweetest and most loyal friend ever. He was so sweet and everyone loved him, including a little Schnauzer called Pepper who came to live with us when Major was 2 years old and Pepper was the grand age of only 9 weeks.

They were inseperable and even though Major towered above her Pepper was without a doubt the boss.

On winter nights Major would lie in front of the fire with Pepper on his back;

When they were taken out for walks if Pepper saw another dog approaching she would bark at it and look back at Major the whole time, he in turn barked a warning to these dogs also and then pepper’s little tale wouod wag wildly. However if Pepper was taken out on her own then she would never bark at other dogs, she was such a little minx.

Very sadly when Major was 13 years old he suffered from liver failiure and had to be put to rest !! The whole family was heartbroken and no-one more than Pepper herself. The first time she was taken out for a walk after his passing she was very thirsy and when we arrived home I filled up the dish that she and Major had always shared but she would not drink from it , thirsty as she was. I filled another bowl with water and she gulped it down. So sad but also an insight in to how clever dogs really are.

Pepper herself lived on to be 17 years.

It is with pride and love that I share my experiences with man’s best friends. However there have been so many famous dogs throughout the years and I will mention some here.;

LADY AND TRAMP;

Walt Disney’s family dog was a poodle named Lady. this may have been the inspiration for his famous animated movie ‘Lady and the Tramp’

ROVER.

Back in 1905 the very first canine movie star waqs featured in ‘Rescued by Rover’

TOTO;-DOROTHY’S DOG -THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Toto was Dorothy’s dog in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

FLUFFY:

How can we forget the three headed dog who guarded The Philosopher’s Stone at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry? I don’t think that Harry Potter, Ron Weasley or Germaine Granger ever will.

MAX;

This was the name of the dog from ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas;’

THISBE;

This was the name of the Spaniel owned by the tragic Queen of france Marie Antoinette, who was beheaded on the guillotine.

PONGO AND PERDITA; -101 Dalmations.

This were the famous dogs in Disney’s famous animated movie. Pongo had 72 spots, Perdita had 68 and each one of the pups had 32 each.

BLONDI;

Adolf Hitler’s favourite dog was an Alastian called Blondi.

NANA;

Nana was the Newfoundland dog who belonged to the Darling family in Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

QUOODLE;

Our favourite dog poem of all times is The Song of the Quoodle by G.K. Chesterton- a real treat for those who have never heard of thos poem.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton- was an English poet and Journalist who lived between 1872 and 1036.

BALTO;-Siberian Husky.

Balto was the lead dog in the Team of Siberian huskies who carried Diptheria serum 650 miles from Anchorage to epidemic -ridden Nome in 1935.

BULLSEYE;-Fictional Dog from Oliver Twist.

He was the famous English Bullterrier who belonged to villain Bill Sykes in the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

K9;

A mechanical dog was given this name in the cult British TV series Dr. Who. This series originally was intended as a children’s programme but it also very quickly became popular with adults thanks to K9 and of course The Daleks.

NANA;

Nana was the Newfoundland dog who belonged to the Darling family in Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

QUOODLE;

Our favourite dog poem of all times is The Song of the Quoodle by G.K. Chesterton- a real treat for those who have never heard of thos poem.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton- was an English poet and Journalist who lived between 1872 and 1036.

BALTO;-Siberian Husky.

Balto was the lead dog in the Team of Siberian huskies who carried Diptheria serum 650 miles from Anchorage to epidemic -ridden Nome in 1935.

BULLSEYE;-Fictional Dog from Oliver Twist.

He was the famous English Bullterrier who belonged to villain Bill Sykes in the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

K9;

A mechanical dog was given this name in the cult British TV series Dr. Who. This series originally was intended as a children’s programme but it also very quickly became popular with adults thanks to K9 and of course The Daleks.

NANA;

Nana was the Newfoundland dog who belonged to the Darling family in Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

QUOODLE;

Our favourite dog poem of all times is The Song of the Quoodle by G.K. Chesterton- a real treat for those who have never heard of thos poem.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton- was an English poet and Journalist who lived between 1872 and 1036.

BALTO;-Siberian Husky.

Balto was the lead dog in the Team of Siberian huskies who carried Diptheria serum 650 miles from Anchorage to epidemic -ridden Nome in 1935.

BULLSEYE;-Fictional Dog from Oliver Twist.

He was the famous English Bullterrier who belonged to villain Bill Sykes in the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

K9;

A mechanical dog was given this name in the cult British TV series Dr. Who. This series originally was intended as a children’s programme but it also very quickly became popular with adults thanks to K9 and of course The Daleks.

RIN TIN TIN;

Rin Tin Tin was a very popular, maybe the most popular canine movie stars. he was always played by an Alsatian. ‘Rinty’ was featured in a total of 24 Warner Brothers movies.

LUATH;

This was the name of the dog owned my the famous Robert Burns. Burns came from Scotland amd lived between 1759 and 1796.

Robert Burns was a great dog lover and wrote a poem dedicated to dogs called ‘The Twa Dogs’

ARGUS;

Argus (or Argos) was owned by Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer. When Odysseus returns home from his long voyages he waears the disuise of a beggar and only Argus his loyal old dog does recognise him.

ROBOT;

Robot was the dog who came accross the cave paintings at Lascaux september 12th, 1940.

His owner was a young lad , probably only 17 years and named Marcel Ravidat.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES;

This was the terrifying killer dog porrayed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a book of the same name. it is believed that he based the hound on the legendary Black Shuck of Norfolk England.

Source: clipart.com

TIMMY;

Was the famous dog in the Enid blyton stories ‘The Famous Five’

CAFALL;

He was reputed to have been owned by Kong Arthur Conan Doyle of Camelot. he was a brave, loyal and regal dog.

OLD SHEP;

This dog mamintained a vigil of five years at the train Staion in Fort Benton, Montana after seeing the coffin of his master loaded onto a train.

PICKLES;

He discovered the Jules Rimet trophy under a bush in South London ( the Football World Cup) after it had been stolen in England in 1966.

BOB;

This dog in 1882 stood for Parliament representing ‘The Monster Raving Loony Barking Mad Dog Party’. He was owned by Lord David Sutch ( Screaming Lord Sutch.)

TOBY;

In 1932 he was the richest dog in the world. His owner Ella Wendal left a record legacy of 75 milion dollars in her will to her Standard Poodle called Toby.

Source: thedailypuppy.com

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  1. Derdriu

    On October 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Eddy, K9 and Toto are amongst my favorite fictional dogs. Balto is amongst the most inspiring!
    Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu
    P.S. Did you ever get any pictures of Pepper lying on Major’s back in front of the fireplace?

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