It has been said, a dog is a man’s best friend, I can attest to this fact. In the last year, actually, my beloved Akita, Mocha, passed on to doggie heaven where we all like to believe, our dear doggies go. Mocha was a loving and faithful companion until the end, although she never was recognized as anything more than a pet and friend, for me that was enough. For some pet owners, however, living the life of a dog has no longer become a ‘run in the park,’ if you know what I mean. For some dogs, the days of catching Frisbees or retrieving tennis balls is no longer an option. Long afternoon naps and the occasional bone breaks are being replaced by the demanding and challenging life of Hollywood. As for Mocha, finding socks and burying them in the backyard was about as exciting as her tricks got (that is if you want to call it a trick, more of a habit perhaps) besides the typical ‘sit’ ‘stay’ and ‘lie down’.
Still for some dogs today, acting is included in their routine rather than passing the time in more leisurely activities of a plain, old, ordinary dog. Of those most recognized dogs making acting look easy on the modern day screen, I have listed a few dogs I’ve enjoyed in their prospective films. Acting, however, for an animal, especially a dog who lives to run free, sleep and eat, for the most part, can’t be completely pleased, still, all the same, it is true we like watching those dear, old dogs making the occasional movie debut. Just like human actors and actresses, there is even a dog actors guild especially for dogs plus many talent agencies displaying doggie portfolios. Dogs that work on film sets earn $50 to $100 dollars a day underneath the bright lights of a busy film set and of those dog stars, the best dog actors make as much as $400 dollars a day. In doggie dollars, that will certainly buy enough bones to satisfy any dog.
Of the movies I’ve seen lately with the top dog actors of today, these have been my favorite:
1. Cloe the Chihuahua from Beverly Hills Chihuahua
2. DJ the Siberian Husky in Snow Dogs
3. Dewey the Siberian Husky in Eight Below
4. Fly the Border Collie in Babe
5. Friday the Jack Russell Terrier in Hotel for Dogs
6. Dewey the Irish Terrier in Firehouse Dog
7. Marley the Golden Labrador Retriever from Marley and Me
8. Win Dixie the Picardy Shepherd from Because of Win-Dixie
9. Otis the pug from Milo and Otis
10. Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. the Border Collie from Everything is Illuminated