Eric Banks – Child turned Norfolk Terrier
In Allan Ahlberg’s delightful book “Woof!”, 10 year old Eric Banks is magically transformed into a Norfolk Terrier. The book explains life through they eyes of a dog and when he becomes a boy, he has to prepare for it to happen again!
This children’s book is well known in modern day literature, as Eric soon finds out that all is not well. The style of writing is very curious as Alhberg tries to mingle the thought processes of a dog with that of a boy!
Norfolk Terriers are said to be completely fearless despite being the smallest of the working terriers. True to the terrier form, they enjoy chasing down small prey like mice and rats. They enjoy being in regular contact with humans throughout and make excellent pets.
Norfolk puppies are in great demand due to these qualities.
Dalmatian: Pongo, Perdita and Lucky from the 101 Dalmatians (1961, 1996)
101 Dalmatians was the title of the live-action film produced by Walt Disney Pictures in 1996. It was a remake of the 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians , which in turn was based on Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel; also by the same name. The stars of the animated and live-action film include Pongo, Perdita and Lucky. Their adventures revolve around outwitting and escaping from the henchmen of Cruella de Ville, the maniac fur-collector, who hopes to make her dreams come true by slaying 101 dalmatian puppies. The light-hearted cartoon and movie had a sequel called 102 Dalmatians, which a lot believe didn’t even come close to the original. Released in 2000, the story continues as Cruella de Ville gets out of prison and goes after the puppies once more. Dalmatians with their unique coat of spots and playful disposition, have captured the hearts of many dog-lovers.
Hector the Bulldog: from the Looney Tunes. (1950-)
Hector the Bulldog is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. Hector is a muscle-bound bulldog with gray fur. He walks pigeon-toed and his face bears a perpetual scowl between two immense jowls. He was a minor player in several Tweety and Sylvester cartoons directed by Friz Freleng throughout the 1950s. His usual role is to protect Tweety from Sylvester, usually at Granny’s request. He typically does this through brute strength alone. Hector is played by voice actor Frank Welker. Typical to his breed, under that constant frown, Bulldogs are actually quite lovable characters!
Border Collie: “Dog”, from The Footrot Flats (1975-2000)
Footrot Flats was a comic strip written by New Zealand cartoonist Murray Ball. The cartoon was based around the life of Wal Footrot’s Border Collie called “Dog”, on their farm Footrot Flats (hence the title), and the other characters, human and animal, that came into their lives. Dog’s thoughts are voiced in thought bubbles, though he is clearly “just a dog”. The main character of the book, a Border Collie, thinks of himself as tough, but he is really quite soft and often cowardly. He has a real name but despises it and has never allowed anyone to reveal it. Wal always calls him “Dog”, gaining loyal devotion. He is often put to use to guard things or asked to get rid of rats or pigs – which he fails to do. However, he is a competent sheepdog all the same. The cartoon ran from 1975 until 1994 in newspapers around the world, though the unpublished strips continued to be released in book form until 2000. Altogether there are 27 numbered books, a further 8 books collecting the Sunday newspaper strips, 5 smaller ‘pocket’ books and various related publications. There was also a stage musical, an animated feature film called Footrot Flats: the Dog’s (Tail) Tale, and even a theme park in New Zealand. The strip reached its peak of popularity in the mid 1980′s, with the books selling millions of copies in Australasia.
Bloodhound: “Pluto”, the Disney Character (1931-)
Pluto (also known as Pluto the Pup) is an animated cartoon made famous in a series of Disney short cartoons. Pluto, has most frequently appeared as Mickey Mouse’s pet dog. His first comics appearance was in the Mickey Mouse daily strips in 1931. He also had an independent starring role in a number of Disney shorts in the 1940s and 1950s. Pluto is unusual for a Disney character in that he is not anthropomorphized beyond showing an unusually broad range of facial expressions or upper-body movements at key points, like Goofy. He is actually represented as a normal dog: a bloodhound, although when the character appears at Disney theme parks, he walks upright on his two hind legs. Pluto was named after the dwarf planet Pluto which was discovered in 1930, the same year that the character was conceptualised, and thus is indirectly named after the Roman god of the underworld. Pluto was designed and supervised by Disney animator, Norm Ferguson.
Beagle: Snoopy, the dog of Charley Brown (created by Charles M. Schultz.) (1950 – )
Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. He is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle. Snoopy began his life in the strip as a fairly ordinary dog, but eventually evolved into perhaps the strip’s most dynamic character—and among the most recognizable dog characters in the world of comics. The original drawings of Snoopy were based on Schulz’s childhood dogs, Snooky and Spike. Animation producer Bill Melendez voiced both Snoopy and (eventually) Woodstock in numerous television specials from 1965 to 2006.
Beagles are sociable, brave and intelligent dogs. They make lovely family pets. They are excellent with children and are good with other dogs as well.
American Pitbull Terrier: “Arnold”, from the Loony Toons.
“Arnold” the American Pitbull is a supporting character on Tiny Toon Adventures. He’s a white Pitbull Terrier, who is very muscular and wears a pair of shades. He is one of the few characters on Tiny Toons, although not directly modelled after another existing Warner Brothers character…
“Arnold” was named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was at the height of his popularity as an actor at the time and speaks like him as well. He is a bodybuilder who likes admiring his own muscles. He sometimes appears as an authority figure such as a pool-lifeguard. Like “Arnold”, American Pitbull Terriers adore attention, often relishing the company of humans and are notorious for their loyalty to their masters, even giving their lives for them.
Akita Inu: “Gin” from Silver Fang (1986)
This is a story of an Akita Inu pup called Gin (Japanese for “silver”) who leaves his owner, to join a pack of dogs. The pack gathers strong dogs from all over Japan to fight a deranged bear and his minions. The Japanese Cartoon: Silver Fang, was inspired by a news article which told of hunting dogs that had been abandoned by their masters and had begun living as wild animals…
The dogs communicate with each other through speech, though it continues to be barks and whines to human ears. Other dogs from the film include: a German Shepherd, a Great Dane, A Weinmaraner, a Cocker Spaniel, a Japanese Kai Ken dog, a Rough Collie, a Siberian Husky, a Dachshund, a Japanese Tosa Inu fighting dog and a Japanese Kishu Inu dog. The Japanese Akita Inu has been declared a national treasure in Japan since 1931 and this breed was originally bred to fight, and hunt bears. No wonder an Akita Inu played the main character in this Japanese story that became famous all over the world.
A little girl asked her Mom, ‘Mom, may I take the dog for a walk around the block?’
Mom replies, ‘No, because she is in heat.’
‘What’s that mean?’ asked the child.
‘Go ask your father. I think he’s in the garage.’
The little girl goes to the garage and says, ‘Dad, may I take Belle for a walk around the block? I asked Mom, but she said the dog was in heat, and to come to you.’
Dad said, ‘Bring Belle over here.’ He took a rag, soaked it with gasoline, And scrubbed the dog’s backside with it to disguise the scent, and said ‘OK, you can go now, but keep Belle on the leash and Only go one time round the block.’ The little girl left and returned a few minutes later with no dog on the leash.
Surprised, Dad asked, ‘Where’s Belle?’ (YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THIS!!!)
The little girl said, ‘She ran out of gas about halfway down the block,
So another dog is pushing her home.’