Beefeaters® Blog

Pop Culture Pooches: Lassie

Tue, May 28, 2013,

Lassie is arguably the most famous dog to ever grace our televisions and enter our hearts. She’s taken generations of our families on adventures, taught us lessons, made us laugh and even cry.

Based on Eric Knight’s novel from 1940, Lassie first appeared on the big screen in the 1943 classic Lassie Come Home. The main character, Lassie is a female border collie played by a dog named Pal, who starred in six other MGM feature films through to 1951.

The story of Lassie became an Emmy winning television series debuting in 1954 and winning Read More

Pop Culture Pooches: Ace the Bat-Hound

Tue, May 21, 2013,

When it comes to superhero canine companions, Superman’s friend Krypto the Super-Dog is unquestionably the most well known. But did you know that Batman also had a dog sidekick? It’s an interesting footnote in comics (and pop culture dog) history that we think is well worth exploring.

After the success of Krypto, DC Comics decided that Batman should get his own canine sidekick. Naturally, it was decided that Ace would be modeled after the German Shepherds from the detective dogs currently seen onscreen. Anyone looking at a drawing of Ace the Bat-Hound will Read More

Pop Culture Pooches: McGruff the Crime Dog

Mon, April 29, 2013,

For over 30 years, one dog has been helping us take a bite out of crime. Debuting in 1980, his name is McGruff the Crime Dog.

Created by John Young of the Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Agency for the National Crime Prevention Council, McGruff is undeniably a corporate entity, however he is one that was made with a goal of helping people. 

McGruff is usually portrayed as a lovely Bloodhound dressed in a very detective-looking trench coat. His catch phrase is that he wants people to help him “take a bite out of crime”. Read More

Pop Culture Pooches: Benji

Mon, April 22, 2013,

While not quite at the level of fame of a Lassie or Rin-Tin-Tin, there is a group of people for whom even a mention of the name Benji will melt their heart. With several film and TV appearances, Benji is undeniably a big Hollywood star and has fans all over the world.

The first Benji film, simply titled Benji, was released in 1974 and was a critical and financial hit. Created by writer/director Joe Camp, the film centers on a lovable stray dog who makes friends with the people in a small Texas town. There he has Read More

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