3 Famous Dogs of Cinema and TV

Lassie

Lassie

3 Famous Dogs of Cinema and TV

It’s been said that dogs are human’s best friends. Sometimes, that old saying can be true, especially in works of fiction. Celebrating the airing of the Italian comedy, Dogs Five-Star Hotel, we have selected three dogs that broke the boundaries of TV and cinema to be considered as true friends of all of us!

Lassie from Lassie Come Home

Probably the most famous canine character in history, Lassie was a female rough collie who appeared in a series of short stories, TV shows and films, the most famous of which was Lassie Come Home, starring Elizabeth Taylor. Lassie embodied “courage, honor and loyalty”, and selflessly put herself into dangerous situations to save her human friends. Despite the fact that Lassie is a female character, the majority of the time, the role has been played by male dog actors.

Toto from The Wizard of Oz

There are few more iconic Hollywood canines out there than Toto, the brindle Cairn Terrier who starred alongside Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Trusty Toto was glued to Dorothy's side — whether in her arms or being carried in her picnic basket — as she journeyed through the magical world of Oz to find her way home.

Toto was actually a female named Terry. At the time of filming, Terry was paid a $125 weekly salary — an astronomical sum for its time. In fact, it was more money than most of the human actors made.

Milo from The Mask

Jim Carrey's pet Jack Russell in this 1994 film is distrustful of the enigmatic mask from the moment his owner brings it home, yet he stands by his side and even helps him with a sneaky prison escape. Unfortunately, the pup's instinct to fetch eventually leads to his own transformation into a vicious cartoon creature.

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