Top TV Dads of Dogs

It’s easy to name famous human and canine partnerships from movies. One of my favourite films growing up was K-9, which sees James Belushi playing a cop who owned a faithful Alsatian Police dog named Jerry-Lee. If you haven’t seen it, it’s perfect Sunday afternoon viewing. I’ve just made myself feel REALLY old by Googling what year it came out (1989), gah! But what about those partnerships on the small screen? Dogs often play important roles in some of our favourite TV shows as crime busters, co-presenters and members of soap opera families. But it’s their relationship with their owners that really tugs at our heart strings, as well as offering that observational humour that sees us saying, ‘my dog does that!’ In celebration of Father’s Day on the 21st June, I’ve put together a list of five of my favourite TV Dads. But the twist is that some may not have children at all, but they are all admirable and devoted fathers to their faithful hounds. From the computer generated to the real life duo’s, there will be at least one in this list that you know and love too. First up, he’s a cross-dressing, loud mouth Scouser, with a soft spot for animals of any kind. The loveable Paul O’Grady presents his chat show with his terrier Olga right beside him. He’s even named his TV production company after her. O’Grady is known for owning a menagerie of animals but when poor Olga was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, he didn’t hesitate in forking out thousands of pounds for her chemotherapy. She’s now fighting fit and back to work and it’s wonderful to see the two of them together. Paul O’Grady is a great role model for pet owners, as he truly worships his baby Olga. paul_o_grady_2008_10_01 Zoinks! I would never have paired a Great Dane with a hippy, but do you know what? Scooby Doo just wouldn’t be Scooby Doo without Shaggy. This crime busting duo may spend more time being afraid of their own shadow, but they are two peas in a pod. Goofy, a little bit dim, but hugely loveable, their relationship is one we’d all love to have with our pooches. Plus there must be some strength in those skinny arms to lift a Great Dane, so don’t underestimate Shaggy. You’d want him on your side in a fight with a ghost! scooby shaggy Travelling across the pond to another nation of animal lovers, I’ve chosen Fraiser and his Jack Russell, Eddie. Despite Fraiser naming his dog Eddie Spaghetti “Because he has worms”, there is no denying the love there was between the two. The story off screen is just as poignant. In 1994, Kelsey Grammer won an Emmy for best actor in a comedy. In his acceptance speech, he acknowledged the canine character of Eddie’s contribution to the show when he held up the statue and claimed: “Most importantly, Moose, this is for you.” The dog’s ability to stare at Fraiser for extended periods became a running joke on set and made brilliant comedy TV. In this case, humour is the way to the heart. pa-3781197 I love this picture. Irish wolfhounds are such beasts. Gentle giants but still beast looking! I think the Eastenders casting department got this spot on when they introduced loveable rough Keith and Ghengis. Unemployed and a benefit cheat he may have been, but that dog stuck to his side and his armchair no matter what. When Keith leaves the square, guess who is right beside him? Wellard gets all the Eastenders limelight, but Ghengis and Keith are the dog and Dad stars, in my eyes. I hope they live happily ever after in the Cotswolds! tumblr_lqowt3oCto1qe7yg8o1_500 Last but by no means least, it’s my favourite dad from Family Guy. Peter and his 8 year old Labrador Brian have quite a unique relationship (in that it’s completely ridiculous and that’s what makes it entertaining!) Peter picked Brian up as a stray (major Dad dog points right there) Peter is Brian’s best friend, despite Brian’s vastly superior intelligence. More often than not, Brian has had to explain Peter’s inability to do various things, such as haggling over prices. But if you support your dog with his cocaine habits, alcoholism and smugness at his superior intelligence, you’re the best dog dad there is. brian_and_peter_by_oscartomas-d4ia7sj   This post is an entry into the Currys TV Dads competition. Thanks for reading!

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