Tuesday, April 4, 2017

#AtoZChallenge 2017 D for Dog

M went for the usual word for D. D for dog.

At first, I thought I would write about some experiences with dogs(I don't have a dog) like

  • the neighbor's German Shepherd that had bitten my little brother, or 
  • the two cute pugs that I see every Friday evening being walked by a lady here, or
  • the abandoned friendly dog in my neighborhood, that hated white cars, and would chase them with a terrible ferocity totally different from his usual soft, loving nature.


There have quite a few posts for A,B and C on dogs these past three days. I thought I would brush my memory and meander through my not-from-my-real-life dog memories, as in,  from fiction and on screen.

I have always been a fan of mystery stories. Enid Blyton's Famous Five Series were a childhood favorite. It is about the sleuthing adventures of four children and a dog called Timothy, Timmy for short, who means the world to his owner, the tomboyish Georgina, George for short.

Marley & Me is a book I thoroughly enjoyed. "Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog"  is the caption of the book and it describes the experiences of the author and his family with Marley, an extremely destructive and impulsive labrador. I have seen the movie too, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston but as all book lovers would usually vouch for - The movie was good but the book was definitely better. The episode where Marley swallows a gold necklace, and the steps the couple take for its recovery is hilarious.

I love Harry Potter and all the 7 books in the series. (Well, I liked the first few better than the more violent concluding parts). There is this huge three headed dog Fluffy, that guards the philosopher's stone and falls asleep on listening to the music from a flute. This one, I think the movie makers did a great job bringing it alive on screen.

101 Dalmatians was a movie we thoroughly enjoyed watching as a family - I mean my parents, my brother, and me.Like any other kid who watched the movie, I hated Cruella de Vil played very artistically by Glenn Close. In fact, except for places like the poles, where humans have no choice but to depend on animal hides to keep themselves warm, I detest the concept of killing animals for their fur.

 The mobile company Hutch(now Vodafone) launched a new series of commercials in India a few years ago featuring an adorable pug and a little kid with the tag line "Wherever you go our network follows". They became so popular that people started referring to the breed as "Hutch dog".


I have watched quite a few cartoon episodes of Garfield, the cat, with my son. John's dog Odie, a friendly yellow dog is usually taken for a ride and bossed around by cunning Garfield. There is one episode where the latter gets him to  do some tricks at a dog show, and is desperate to win by hook or crook, as the prize is a huge plate of his favorite lasagna.

I am an ardent fan of Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth, and the poster for the movie Baasha where he sits next to a great Dane  is too good and shouts out "Power". This part , I mean this fan craze -  its difficult for many to fathom, especially for those who don't speak Tamil or are not his fans. hi hi hi ...


Do share your non-real dog memories from books and movies in the comments section below.

28 comments:

  1. I love this movie called "Max" about a war dog. It's beautiful. Do watch it if you can.
    Then there's of course Beethoven... a laugh riot.
    And I also liked Turner and Hooch, where the dog helps the cops find his owner's murderer.
    Books... I don't much remember.
    Happy AtoZing!
    Chicky @ www.mysteriouskaddu.com

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    1. I think i have watched Beethoven but cant recall much

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  2. I guess I'm fonder of fiction dogs than real ones!

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    Eva - Mail Adventures

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    1. Easier option :) thanks for stepping in

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  3. I remember this movie called Hachiko or Hachi.. It makes me cry every time I watch it! And those Hutch ads, too cute no? I love those :)

    Doctors and Dentists

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    1. I remember reading reviews of that one. Thanks for visiting

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  4. Your post reminded me of a movie called Hachiko or Hachi. It's so good and makes me cry every time I watch it. And as for the Hutch ads, I just Love them!

    Doctors and Dentists

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  5. "Everyday I want to fly, stay by my side.." That's how the Vodafone jingle went.

    As for Marley and Me, I cried like a baby when I watched the movie in a flight to Boston.

    Great post! :)

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    1. Hmm...some movies can get you really emotional

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  6. Dogs are great friends. I loved 101 Dalmatians too.
    I love Tintin's dog - Snowy. Also Scooby Dooby :)

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    1. How could i forget scooby doo....hez cute

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  7. I'm a dog lover. Thanks for posting the Hutch ad. I love the pug in it. Its simply adorable. :)

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    1. Isn't he? Ad makers were smart to cast him

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  8. I have watched Marley and Me, though I haven't read the book...and 101 Dalmatians too. I however have this fear of dogs which has led me to refusing my kids to have dogs at home. Maybe someday.

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

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    1. I understand.... I am scared of huge dogs too....

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  9. Loved that ad with the little girl and the pug - they were both so cute and it was really well done (I even liked the background song that went with it!)
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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  10. I love dogs. As long as they're not anywhere near me! :D Once bitten, twice no thank you! :D Good luck for the rest of the challenge, Jaish!

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  11. I cried my eyes out at the film 'Marley and Me' haven't faced the book yet, as I'm sure that will make me cry too!

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    1. As i said the book was too good. Do read when you get time

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  12. Going way back when I was a kid there was the show called "Lassie" - Now, that's a blast from the past!

    Heidi visiting from the A to Z Challenge at, Decibel Memos (Perspectives absent of sound)

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  13. When I was about 10 - 12 years old, Enid Blyton's Famous Five were my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE books!

    Here are some movie dogs that come to my mind:

    Brinkley (You've got Mail)
    Bruiser (Legally Blonde)
    Grunt (Flashdance)

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  14. I loved reading and watching Marley and Me. What an adorable and bratty dog he was. And Vodafone's pug is cuteness overload. My sister recently got a pug and he is so sweet that I want to have one too.

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  15. The three-headed dog in Harry Potter was memorable for sure. There was an Australian film about a dog. I wish I could remember name...it was fabulous. There is the classic, Lassie too and the movie Homeward Bound with 2 dogs and a cat. Nothing better than a good dog story! Thanks for sharing.

    "Female Scientists Before Our Time"
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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  16. Thank you for visiting my blog. My son, while growing up, enjoyed a cartoon series featuring a dog called Scooby Doo. I grew up with Charles Schultz's Peanuts, featuring a dog called Snoopy. Although the cartoonist is dead, the cartoon strip is ageless and is still rerun in many U.S. papers.

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  17. Your reference to Hutch, brought to mind a movie call "Tuner and Hooch" with Tom Hanks and a big black slobbery Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff). I always thought that the dog was more funny than Hanks in the movie. Thanks for the smile.

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  18. You missed Beethoven. If you haven't watched the series please do

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  19. Never had a dog myself but this reminded me of the one crazy book dog I know of: FLUFFY from Harry Potter! The three headed dog that fell asleep if you played music. Haha!

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