This week, Barney, the former first dog, passed away. No matter what your political affiliation, you have to admit, he was a pretty cute dog. I always enjoyed seeing him on TV frolicking around the White House yard. His death got me thinking about celebrity dogs and the impact they can have on us.
There are many celebrities that have impacted me in some way, but I really have no reason to feel connected to them. I will never meet them and if I did, I probably wouldn’t have anything in common with them.
I remember when I heard that Eddie, the dog from Frasier, passed away. I think his real name was Moose. I loved that show and I loved how Eddie played such a vital role in the show.
I loved when the Obamas welcomed Bo into the White House. Every time I see him on the White House lawn makes me smile. I have met many Portuguese Water Dogs, but he always looks so regal.
If you have seen The Artist, you are probably fond of the terrier named Uggie. He retired from acting recently. Much deserved after his great performance. He was hot stuff for a while. Audiences couldn’t get enough of him, so he showed up at the Golden Globes, red carpets, etc. He even has his paw prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
I would be remiss not to mention such famous dogs such as the ones who played Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Marley, Beethoven, Hooch, Asta, Toto and many more. If you look up all the famous dogs, you will find a long list. Based on how much we love and spoil our dogs, it’s no wonder we become invested in dogs that we will never meet. To me, movies and TV shows are just better when a dog is part of the cast.