Paws Down the 8 Most Famous Dogs from TV Shows and Movies
Sure, Reese Witherspoon was exquisite with her portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, but there’s no denying her underdog (sorry, had to) costar, Bruiser Woods, significantly adds to the film’s binge-worthiness. No matter the title, our interest level is always piqued when a canine is involved. Here, eight of the most memorable and lovable dogs from TV shows and movies.
Beethoven From ‘Beethoven’
Beethoven graced the big screen in 1992, and the film’s namesake star warmed the hearts of millions with his mischievous antics and super slobber. When not in front of the camera, the canine went by the gender-neutral name Chris. Sadly, Chris passed away shortly after completing Beethoven 2, but at least we know he had an A-list life filled with unconditional love, exciting adventures and loads of bacon.
Lassie From ‘Lassie Come Home’
Lassie was originally a fictional female character created by British author Eric Knight in his 1940 novel, Lassie Come Home. Three years later, the novel was turned into a film and starred a (very photogenic) male collie named Pal, who was as lovable and intelligent as his on-screen persona, Lassie. Following his big screen debut in 1943, Pal went on to star in six more Lassie films, appear in the 1954 TV adaptation and eventually retire in 1955. Although Pal passed away in 1958, he sired his fair share of pups throughout his lifetime to continue the Lassie legacy.
Comet from ‘Full House’
There’s no denying Comet was the glue that held the Tanner family together throughout Full House’s eight-season run. The canine, who went by Buddy IRL, only just started his foray into film industry with Full House. In 1997, Buddy starred in the popular Disney film Air Bud and went on to inspire a successful franchise based on his amazing ability to shoot hoops!
Chloe and Papi from ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’
You probably recognize these two pups from Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but their journey to stardom was anything but easy. Angel—on the right—was abandoned by her owners, and Rusco—on the left—was just days from being put down at a shelter. Luckily, they were both rescued by trainer Mike Alexander and transformed into the petite Chihuahua versions of Bonnie and Clyde, Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) and Papi (George Lopez), respectively.
Petey From ‘The Little Rascals’ (1994 version)
Petey, a pit bull terrier, is commonly recognized for his circular eye patch and starring role in the 1994 remake of the family film The Little Rascals. From delivering notes to Alfalfa to comforting Spanky when he was down in the dumps, this expressive pup made it impossible not to love him. Petey also made cameos in The Minus Man and Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco. What a ham.
Bruiser From ‘Legally Blonde’
Bruiser Woods, Elle Woods’s Gemini vegetarian sidekick in Legally Blonde, walked his four little paws into our hearts in 2001 and the rest is bend-and-snap history. The Chihuahua, who also starred in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, was formally known as Moondoggie, or “Moonie” to his close pals. Although Moonie’s career was limited to the Legally Blonde franchise, he clearly made quite the impact on his costars. Reese Witherspoon penned this heartfelt Instagram post when she learned of Moonie’s passing in 2016.
Eddie from ‘Frasier’
Eddie, a Parson Russell terrier, co-starred as Dr. Frasier Crane’s (Kelsey Grammer) lively partner in crime in the hit sitcom Frasier. Although he had an overly rambunctious personality that annoyed the majority of his co-stars, Eddie—or Moose to close family and friends—also appeared in several short films and movies before he retired in 2000.
Toto From ‘The Wizard of Oz’
In 1939, Terry, a female cairn terrier, delivered an Oscar-worthy performance as Dorothy’s loyal companion, Toto, in The Wizard of Oz. While Terry will always be remembered for her journey down the yellow brick road, her role as Toto wasn’t her only claim to fame. In fact, she appeared in 16 films throughout her very successful career, including Bright Eyes (Shirley Temple), The Women (Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford) and Bad Little Angel (Gene Reynolds). Werk, Terry.