PUP CULTURE ICONS: Famous dogs we want as best friends

As we welcome the Year of the Dog, we dig into some of pop culture’s most prominent pooches

PUP CULTURE ICONS: Famous dogs we want as best friends
PUP CULTURE ICONS: Famous dogs we want as best friends
13 Feb 2018

PUP CULTURE ICONS: Famous dogs we want as best friends

Dogs have been known as “man’s best friend” for hundreds of years (literally - the first recorded use of the phrase was by a Prussian king who died in 1786), and there are hundreds of reasons why we believe they deserve the title.

Flapper
Flapper
13 Feb 2018

Flapper

The furry thespian is more accomplished than we could ever hope to be, with appearances in Channel 8 dramas such as Sudden and Have a Little Faith, as well as film My Dog Dou Dou. He also has his own social media pages (with thousands of followers) and website, on which there are collaborations with a range of brands and products. Oh, and did you know that darling Flaps is a therapy dog too? Now this is one “influencer” we can gladly get behind.

Photos: Flapper Choo/Facebook


Scooby Doo
Scooby Doo
13 Feb 2018

Scooby Doo

Zoinks! While the cartoon Great Dane may not always display the most courageous side in the presence of monsters (which usually turn to be bad guys in a costume), the promise of a Scooby Snack - what do they put in those things? - and the sight of his loved ones in danger usually spurs him into heroic action, and we all could do with a trustworthy furry friend like him. Plus, we’d get a kick out of hearing him “speak” (“ruh roh!”) and walk upright on his hind legs on occasion.

Photo: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS


Gromit
Gromit
13 Feb 2018

Gromit

Did you know that the clay-animated beagle is a university graduate with a degree in Engineering for Dogs? He also knows how to fly a plane, knit, cook and play chess, and enjoys cheem (deep or complex) entertainment and literature, making him far more capable and reliable than even his bumbling human owner Wallace. Imagine having this “clever boy” (although this common pet praise is a huge understatement in his case) as your trusty sidekick!

Photo: Wallace and Gromit/Facebook


101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians
13 Feb 2018

101 Dalmatians

Which dog lover wouldn’t want a house full of over a hundred spotted canines running about (although that would probably land you in hot water with HDB)? But yes, one can dream, and we’re certainly smiling at the thought of getting to snuggle up to Pongo, Perdy and their oversized puppy litter - both biological and adopted - every day.

Photos: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS


Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp
13 Feb 2018

Lady and the Tramp

Not only are they adorable together (#couplegoals in the dog world, if you will), we would organise candlelight spaghetti dinners under the stars for them every night. Also, their puppies - which are exact miniature clones of their parents hence defying the laws of genetics but we don’t care - are cute beyond words. WANT.

Photos: Lady and the Tramp/Facebook


Hachiko
Hachiko
13 Feb 2018

Hachiko

Think “unwavering loyalty” and chances are, Japan’s - and possibly the world’s - most famous Akita would probably come to mind. Famed for waiting for his deceased owner at the train station every single day for almost ten years, there are countless media adaptations (including a Hollywood film starring Richard Gere) and several bronze statues (the most famous of which is located at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station) paying tribute to the devoted dog, who is the very definition of #petgoals.

Photo: Hachiko/Facebook


Clifford
Clifford
13 Feb 2018

Clifford

He’s big, red and helped generations of young’uns learn how to read and deal with real-world issues. We all love a gentle giant, and Clifford is as gentle and giant as they get. Also, wouldn’t he be super useful and fun as transportation when the train breaks down? On second thought, we’d travel everywhere on Clifford-back even when the MRT is working just fine.

Photo: Clifford the Big Red Dog/Facebook


Goofy and Pluto
Goofy and Pluto
13 Feb 2018

Goofy and Pluto

We won’t get into the whole mystery of why these two Disney icons are seemingly of the same species yet… seemingly not (Goofy behaves like a human while Pluto is just a regular household pooch). In any case, these two seem like great fun to have around - even if they do seem to get into a lot of trouble all the time.

Photos: Goofy/Facebook, Pluto/Facebook

Lassie
Lassie
13 Feb 2018

Lassie

In 1943’s Lassie Come Home, the first of countless films and TV shows starring the movie world’s most renowned collie, the titular character braves the elements and other dangers to walk - yes, walk - hundreds of miles back to her owner after his parents are forced to sell her to a wealthy duke (who needs riches when you have love?). She continued to display more noble traits in the long-running series Lassie, showing us just why she remains one the most beloved fictional pooches of all time.

Photo: ElizabethTaylor.com

Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
13 Feb 2018

Rin Tin Tin

Long before any of the other canines on this list came along, there was Rin Tin Tin, who appeared in almost 30 films from 1922 to 1931 and is touted as Tinseltown’s first top dog, famed for his good looks, expressiveness and athleticism. Even Golden Age icons like Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo were said to be big fans, and the German shepherd even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Even the most famous #dogsofinstagram have nothing on this champ.

Photo: Oscars


Special mention: Agogo & Ameimei
Special mention: Agogo & Ameimei
14 Feb 2018

Special mention: Agogo & Ameimei

Mediacorp’s Lunar New Year 2018 mascots aren’t just utterly adorable, they dance too! Just seeing them wiggle about awkwardly (we’d move like that too with heads the size of theirs) is enough to brighten any bad day.

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