The greatest on-screen dogs EVER13 January, 2016
We’ve just introduced the world to the star of our new TV ads, Jeremy The Beagle.
He’s a crazy, protective, talking dog, who seriously worries about everyday objects from around the house causing upset to his beloved family.
If you haven’t met him yet, here are nine things you need to know about Jeremy.
We really love him, but we’re not sure how favourably he compares to other high-flying hounds. And so, it’s with this in mind that we take you all out for a walk along the park lane of prominent puppies to find out which is the best.
He’s the cowardly, mystery-solving Great Dane named after a line from a Frank Sinatra song which went, “doo-be-doo-be-doo”. The longest-running cartoon on TV, Scooby-Doo began in 1969 and became an instant Saturday morning success.
The character was created by Eric Knight in a short story in 1938, turned into a novel in 1940 and adapted into a feature film in 1943. Lassie quickly became an icon, with several sequels, a radio show and a television series.
Snoopy is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. He can also be found in Charlie Brown films and television such as recent cinema release The Peanuts Movie. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs.
Beethoven is the cute St Bernard puppy adopted by the Newton family who becomes a giant dog. He is named after the composer Ludwig van Beethoven and is doted on despite his behaviour leading to a string of household mishaps. His life with the Newton family is put in jeopardy by a scheming vet who tries to nab him for a deadly experiment.
Marley (Marley & Me)
Marley is affectionately called the ‘World’s Worst Dog’ by his owner, who published an autobiographical book on the Labrador Retriever in 2005. Marley became a film sensation soon after when he appeared in Marley and Me, the blockbuster film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston released in 2008.
Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
Brian is an intellectual dog and one of the main characters in animated series Family Guy. He is voiced by Seth MacFarlane and such is his popularity around the world he was quickly reinstated in the programme just two episodes after being killed off in 2013.
Hooch (Turner and Hooch)
Hooch was played by Beasley the Dog and made his name as sidekick to Turner, portrayed by Tom Hanks. Turner and Hooch was his one and only movie, playing the house-wrecking police dog who drank beer.
Pluto (Mickey Mouse)
Pluto is Mickey Mouse’s pet pup and one of Disney’s ‘Sensational Six’ – joining Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy as its six biggest stars. While all non-humans, Pluto is the only one who does not wear human clothes.
Santa’s Little Helper (The Simpsons)
Santa’s Little Helper is the pet greyhound of The Simpson family in the world’s longest running sitcom, The Simpsons. He was introduced in the 1989 Christmas special, where Homer and Bart adopted him after he was abandoned by his owner for finishing last in a race.
Slinky (Toy Story)
Slinky is a supporting character in the Toy Story series. He is a toy dachshund with a gravelled Southern accent and is one of the toys who remains loyal to Woody when he is suspected of pushing Buzz Lightyear out the window in the first film.
Jeremy the Beagle
OK OK, so perhaps we’re a bit biased. But how could we not include Jeremy on the list? He’s a talking Beagle, for crying out loud! And he really does care about his family. But he needn’t worry – his best pal John has cover with Beagle Street. So if the worst ever were to happen, they’d all be protected.
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