Dogs have been man’s best friend for over 12,000 years. They’ve inspired many great thinkers and writers including Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Cervantes. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most famous dogs in history.
1. Toto, The Cairn Terrier
Toto was a Cairn Terrier who accompanied Dorothy Gale in her travels in the Land of Oz. Toto encompasses one of the most famous lines in early cinema. When Dorothy first arrives in the Land of Oz, she remarks “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”. This can be interpreted as Dorothy’s realization that she had never really left Kansas. However, it could also be read as the dog or the humans having come to Oz without knowing where they were going, and so might just have been about their current state of mind rather than an actual change in place. In any event, Toto is one of the first characters to disappear in Oz.
2. Rin Tin Tin, The German Shepherd
The German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin is one of the most famous dogs in history. He was nicknamed “Rinty”, and was rescued from a battlefield in France in World War I. After the war, he was sent to America as a gift for saving the lives of American soldiers. Rin Tin Tin became a popular film star and then went on to appear in other shows. He even had his own series that ran between 1954 and 1959. He worked with famous stars like Judy Garland and lived to be eleven years old.
3. Lassie, The Rough Collie
Lassie was a Rough Collie who appeared in the film “Lassie Come Home” in 1943. She played a very important role in the story of Timmy, a young boy with severe disabilities. Lassie helped Timmy to realize that he could do things for himself and ultimately got him out of the home where he was being held against his will. While the character of Lassie is female, interestingly she was always played by male dog actors.
4. Trakr, The German Shepherd
Trakr was a German Shepherd who worked as a search and rescue dog in Alberta. After the September 11 attacks, Trakr worked tirelessly to search for survivors at ground zero. He found the last survivor of 9/11, a woman who was trapped underneath concrete for days on end. Trakr was named one of Time Magazine’s most heroic animals. After this feat, he moved with his owner James Symington to Los Angeles, California, where Symington became an actor and Trakr enjoyed his well-deserved retirement.