If there’s a sure fire way to get anyone more invested in a TV show or film, it is to include a loveable pet. Whether they’re known for their cuteness and puppy dog eyes, or wit and wise cracks, a pet can make or break a family and a show. Overall, the key quality for a pet is their loyalty to their owner and their audience, so here is my list of the best of the best when it comes to on-screen pets.
Salem – Sabrina The Teenage Witch
By far my favourite pet to have ever graced my screen, Salem is basically me. Known for his dry wit and sarcasm, some of the wizard who was turned into a cat for trying to take over the world’s best lines include, “Sorry. Thirty waffles is my limit,” “When I’m upset I eat,” and “Sometimes I just like to hear myself talk.”
The Chick and the Duck – Friends
Basically the children of Joey and Chandler, the Chick and the Duck provided endless entertainment for both the friends and the audience at home.
Brian Griffin – Family Guy
If the international outrage when his character was temporarily killed off the hilarious FOX animated hit is anything to go by, Brian Griffin is one of the most beloved pets on television. More like a member of the family than a pet, his adventures with Stewie have made some of the most entertaining episodes in the show’s history.
Eddie – Frasier
I always wanted this super cute Jack Russell Terrier for myself! His hilarious interactions with Martin, Daphne, and especially Fraiser always made me smile, making him a proper family pet.
Comet – Full House
A beautiful dog and hugely loyal to the family, whether playing basketball, stealing the TV remote, inviting over dogs over for a party, or wearing the most ridiculous hats!
Dug – Up
One of the most endearing pets, you love him as soon as he hits the screen! Playful, friendly, kind, and full of love for his owners, and squirrels, Dug is definitely one of my favourite animals in movie history.
Santa’s Little Helper – The Simpsons
Santa’s Little Helper and the Simpson family have had their ups and downs, but he’s the one constant pet that has stayed alive throughout the record breaking 25 seasons, and been the centre of a number of key storylines – and I can’t imagine the show without him!
Wishbone – Wishbone
The little dog with a big imagination! As a huge fan of literature I absolutely adored this show – what could make your favourite stories better than a super cute dog as the main character?? The best part of Wishbone for me, however, was the mostly faithful retelling of stories, despite the target audience being children.
Lassie – Lassie (1954)
The dog that always saves the day, nothing shows loyalty to your owner than saving his life! Lassie was just the epitome of the good, wholesome values of the 1950s, and is one of the most feel-good shows ever to grace television.
Dino – The Flintstones
A snorkasaurus with the characteristics of a puppy, Dino proves man’s best friend extends way back to the stone age!
Pluto – Walt Disney Productions (Various)
Mickey Mouse’s pet. If that’s not enough to make this list I don’t know what is!
Skippy – Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
There is absolutely nothing cooler than a kangaroo that can make tea and play the piano, and the show had the most epic theme song!
So that’s it, my favourite on-screen pets! Special shoutout of course goes to Marley from Marley & Me! What do you think, have I missed anyone crucial out? Are you a dog or cat (or kangaroo/dinosaur) person? These are the questions that haunt me – let me know your thoughts here in the comments or on Twitter!
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