By - CTL
January 15, 2018

歡迎回到“穿越大海”和 2018 年的“POOCH”。

Huānyíng huí dào “chuānyuè dàhǎi” hé 2018 nián de “POOCH”.

By Marcus Honesta.

As 2018 is upon us, and in the Chinese Calendar it is the year of the dog, as such we thought it might be fun to celebrate 8 of the most famous media “Pooches of all times”. Please feel free to write to us and add your favorite media K-9 to the mix, we will publish them in a later article. But first off, what does the year of the dog have in store for us.

The Chinese New Years first day is February 16th.  It is the 4715th Chinese year. According to the Chinese Horoscope, 2018 is a “Brown Male Earth Dog” year. Brown is connected to the earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called the “Year of the Brown Dog’.

Pursuant to the Chinese Horoscope theory, the “Brown Male Earth Dog” is connected to the mountains. The year of the Dog mainly contains the Brown Male Earth with a little Metal and Fire. The sign of 2018 Brown Male Earth Dog year is two mountains sitting side by side or another mountain beyond a mountain. As such there will be a strong Earth. People will focus on real estate, agriculture, environment, territory integrity or religious, spiritual areas.

2018 is additionally a Mountain Dog year. Mountain Dogs may be wild. They may initially block your way. That implies you might encounter some obstacles before fulfilling your plans. You will need to use wisdom to remove these blockages before moving forward, after that you will then see the wide-open road.

The Dog is the 11th animal in 12 Chinese zodiac signs. The Dog month is connected to the last month of autumn. Winter will come right after the Dog month. Winter is the season of Water. If you can climb the mountain of the Dog, then you can see much further toward the future. So good luck.

But now back to our 8 favourite “MAN’S BEST FRIEND’ roster. The pups below make up our top eight.

With out doubt the Queen / King of the all times greats would have to be Lassie.

  1. “LASSIE”


Lassie “Pal” and Elizabeth Taylor in “Lassie Come Home”

Lassie from Lassie Come Home (1943), etc. 
LASSIE: Arguably the most famous canine character of all time, Lassie was a female Rough Collie who appeared in a series of short stories, TV shows and films, the most famous of which was ‘Lassie Come Home’, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowell. Lassie represented “courage, honour and unshakeable loyalty” and selflessly put herself in dangerous situations to save her human friends. Despite the fact that Lassie is a female character, the majority of the time she’s been played by male dog actors. The reason? Male Rough Collie dogs have thicker and more aesthetically pleasing coats.

  1. “RIN TIN TIN”

RIN TIN TIN. We will: Nicknamed Rinty by his human co-stars, Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd featured in a series of Adventures of Rin Tin Tin films starting in 1923. Corporal Lee Duncan, an aerial gunner in the U.S. Army Air Service, rescued Rin Tin Tin from a damaged kennel while stationed in France in 1918. When the pair arrived in the States, Duncan tried to find film work for his new pet after discovering the pup could jump great heights. Rinty’s big break came with “Where the North Begins” and he went on to star in 24 more feature films. In 1929, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor but was later pulled from the competition after it became apparent, based on the vote tally that he would end up actually winning. Rin Tin Tin died in 1932 at Duncan’s home in Los Angeles. The immense profitability of his films contributed to the success of Warner Bros. Studios and helped advance the career of Darryl F Zanuck.

In the 1950’s a television series “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” was created. The TV show was nominated for a PATSY Award in 1958 and in 1959, but did not win. 

  1. RED DOG

RED DOG: is a 2011 Australian comedy-drama family film written by Daniel Taplitz, directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan. It stars Koko (Red Dog) as the title character. The film is based on the true story of Red Dog and uses the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres as the primary source. At the 2011 Inside Film Awards, Red Dog was nominated in nine categories and won seven, including best feature film. The film was also nominated for seven AACTA Awards and won for Best Film. It was theatrically released on 4 August 2011 by Roadshow Film Distributors.


MUTTLEY: The character is best known for his mischievous, wheezing laughter. Muttley first appeared in the Wacky Races in 1968, as the sidekick of the accident-prone villain Dick Dastardly. He was originally voiced by Don Messick.

While Dick was created as the equivalent of Professor Fate from the 1960s movie “The Great Race”, Muttley mirrored the film’s character of Max Meen. Dick and Muttley were paired together in various later Hanna-Barbera series as bumbling villains. As his name implies, Muttley is mixed bread identified in the Wacky Races segment “Dash to Delaware” as a cross between a Bloodhound, Pointer, Airedale and Hunting Dog. During Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, in the episode of Sappy Birthday, Muttley shows a calendar where 16th April is marked, as his birthday.

  1. BENJI

Benji from the Benji film series (1974-2004).

BENJI: This lovable, brave, black and tan mixed breed dog was originally played by a pup named Higgins in the 1974 film Benji. Higgins had a successful 14-year show business career he also appeared as “Dog” in the 1960s sitcom Petticoat Junction. Animal trainer Frank Inn discovered Higgins in a Los Angeles shelter and was drawn to the dog’s wide range of emotions and facial expressions. It seemed he was destined for Hollywood. When Higgins died in 1975, the role of Benji went to his offspring, Benjean.


SCOOBY-DOO: is an American animated cartoon franchise comprising many animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. Writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears created the original series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You” for Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969. This Saturday morning cartoon series featured four teenagers, Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley & Norville “Shaggy” Rodgers, and their talking brown Great Dane Scooby Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural villains through a series of antics and missteps.

Following the success of the original series, Hanna-Barbera and its successor Warner Bros. Animation, have produced numerous follow-up and spin off animated series and several related works, including television specials and made-for TV movies, a line of direct to DVD release, and two Warner Bros. produced theatrical feature films.

  1. TOTO

Toto from The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

TOTO: the faithful little companion of Judy Garland’s heroine Dorothy, was actually a female Cairn Terrier named Terry. At the time of filming, Terry was paid a $125 weekly salary—an astronomical sum for its time. In fact, it was more money than most of the human actors made. Although Oz was her most memorable role, Terry went on to act in at least 13 other feature films. She died in 1945 and was buried on a farm.

  1. DINO


DINO: is an animated character featured in the Hanna-Barbera television series The Flintstones, with its TV spinoffs and feature films.

In the series, Dino serves the role of a pet dog, and exhibits all the characteristics of you typical much loved domesticated canine.

Dino is a prosauropod-like dinosaur. He is a Snorkasaurus. Dino is a relatively small dinosaur, only slightly larger than the humans of his time, smaller than mammoths that appear in the series, and much smaller than the numerous sauropods that appear as work animals in the series (a full-sized sauropod appears as a crane in the opening sequence, and oversized “bronto ribs” the size of an automobile are seen in the closing credits).

A recurring gag in the series is Fred coming home from work, and Dino gets so excited he knocks him down and licks his face. But no matter how hard he tries to the contrary, Fred usually gives in to Dino’s ticklish and wet doglike kisses. Dino frequently exhibits human emotions, nearly “talking,” and can also be moved to anger, at which point he snarls and snaps. But only under extreme provocation.

So welcome 2018, we wish all our readers the best of fortune, happiness, and prosperity in the up and coming 12 months.

Please let us know who are your favourite 8 loveable film/TV Pooches!


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