A Blog for the Dogs: 15 Top Dogs in TV, Film & Literature

It’s no secret around HPB Corporate that I’m a dog-lover. And luckily, the company I work for is as well. If you didn’t know, most Half Price Books stores are dog-friendly, as is our corporate office. Those that follow the HPB Instagram may have already met Vader, the lovable German Shepherd who serves as our resident office dog. We also, on occasion, host Forrest the Frenchie:

Needless to say, there’s always a furry friend or two around these parts looking for a great new read. A short while ago, my doggy dreams came true as our Dallas Flagship store welcomed Crusoe, the Celebrity Dachshund for a book signing. A book signing for a dog, you say? People would come to such a thing?

You betcha! Around 250 people, plus lots (and I mean lots) of four-legged friends, packed the Flagship to meet Crusoe and get a paw-tographed copy of his debut book Crusoe, the Celebrity Dachshund: Adventures of the Wiener Dog Extraordinaire. If the name Crusoe doesn’t ring a bell, you may have seen some of his Youtube videos, which have spread across the Internet due to, well, the fact that they’re so stinking cute.

I was lucky enough to be one of those 250 people to meet Crusoe, along with my own doxie, Sophie. The line was long, but it was worth the wait, even if Soph looks terrified. She wasn’t, I promise!


On the way home, Sophie and I decided to reminisce about some the best dog-gone canines in literature, film and TV. Here are just a few of our faves:

  1. Clifford, the Big Red Dog
  2. Wishbone
  3. Toto (from The Wizard of Oz)
  4. Shiloh
  5. Lassie
  6. Old Yeller
  7. Luath/Shadow (from The Incredible Journey/Homeward Bound)
  8. Eddie (from Frasier)
  9. Porkchop (from Doug)
  10. Stella (from Modern Family)
  11. Brian (from Family Guy)
  12. Gromit (from Wallace & Gromit)
  13. Odie (from Garfield)
  14. Snoopy (from Peanuts)
  15. Dug (from Up)

No bones about it, man’s best friend definitely makes a compelling character. Who are some of your favorite literary, cinematic or small-screen pups?

2 thoughts on “A Blog for the Dogs: 15 Top Dogs in TV, Film & Literature

  1. Don’t forget Porthos from “Enterprise”, Hank the Cow dog, Rin Tin Tin, Max (war dog movie), Milo from “The Mask”, Neil (the martini drinking dog) from “Topper”, Asta from “The Thin Man” movie, Argos (faithfully waiting for Odysseus), Buck from “The Call of the Wild”, Fang from Harry Potter movies, Pluto, Goofy, Astro, Scooby Doo, Mr. Peabody, Santa’s Little Helper, Odie, Charlie (from All Dogs Go To Heaven), Droopy, Lady, Tramp, and Bandit (from Johnnie Quest). Oh my, I had to stop. It’s obvious that man’s best friend figures largely in our literature and entertainment. Not to say, that our cat lovers have been left out, because there are many cats that can be named, too.

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