As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the American Kennel Club has compiled a list of the Top 125 Dogs in Popular Culture.
Knowing that the world has not yet discovered my dog or stepdog, and that anyone who wanted to could vote at PawNation.com to determine this list, any kind of crap could have happened. And it did. Lassie was lowballed, Toto was neglected, that gaggle of dalmations got screwed, George Bush Sr. and Paris Hilton make cameo appearances. People are weird.
The top ten:
1- Snoopy: yep, that makes sense.
2- Texas A&M's Reveille (university mascot): what? who? Must be an American thing.
3- Scooby Doo.
4- Eddie Spaghetti (dog from Frasier TV show); great choice, love that pooch!
5- Pound Puppies (the toy from Tonka): whatever.
6- Dogs playing poker (yes those paintings): okay I wouldn't have thought of this, but it's funny as hell.
7- How Much is that Doggie in the Window? (the song): I think we played this on the recorder in grade four, is that pop culture impact?
8- Georgetown's mascot Jack the Bulldog: what is it with mascots? Did these schools campaign for votes?
9- Who Let the Dogs Out? (that annoying song): It's the macarena with barking, people, is that cultural impact?
10- Brian Griffin (the cynical, substance-abusing talking dog from Family Guy): Great choice people, I love this guy, still should he be above Toto and Lassie?
And there you have the top ten --- where are the classics? Lassie is at #11, Lady and the Tramp are # 21, and Toto from The Wizard of Oz is down at #24. Disney's Goofy is at # 29, Old Yeller at # 34, Rin Tin Tin at #46, 101 Dalmations at #47. Those are the dogs we all know from our childhood, from pop culture lore. Clearly they didn't campaign.
Lower down on the list are some cool dogs I would not have thought of: Marmaduke, Odie from Garfield comics, Bruiser from Legally Blonde, Scotty from Monopoly, Slinky from Toy Story, Marley from Marley and Me, Cujo, and yes, Bo Obama.
Some of the dogs who inexplicably outrank 101 Dalmations on the list? Flash from Dukes of Hazard (they had a dog?), Comet from Full House, Bill Clinton's dog, the song Puppy Love, the Taco Bell dog, Spuds Mackenzie, and the mascot from a baked bean company. Uh-huh. Morons.
And in the "what the fuck" category, also in the 125 are Paris Hilton's chihuahua Tinker Bell, the dog from The Little Mermaid (wait --- they had an underwater dog?), George Bush's dog, Barbie's dogs, Argos from Homer's Odyssey (I don't remember him from the Cliff Notes), and Rex from the movie Firehouse Dog (wait --- there was a movie called Firehouse Dog?).
Forget Cruella De Ville and the Wicked Witch -- the jerks who made this list screwed Toto and those dalmatians.