Growing up I had a hero. Yes, this hero was a dog. I’m not even going to pretend otherwise. Duh, right? No, it wasn’t Lassie or the Littlest Hobo, though I adored both dogs. My favourite canine in the whole world, other than the family husky, was a little Jack Russel Terrier by the name of Wishbone. (Actually, according to his IMDb page, his real name was Soccer, isn’t that a great name for a JRT?).
Wishbone, for those philistines that don’t know, was a PBS show about a boy and his dog doing normal boy and dog things. What was special, though, was that in between this normal boy and dog action, the dog daydreamed about being a character in classic novels and legends. It was an awesome way to introduce books like Pride and Prejudice and Cyrano de Bergerac to children. While I wasn’t actually that young when the show was on – I was probably too old for the show, really – I was a major literature geek. The combination of that and canine cuteness made it the best show ever. Seriously, I would watch it now if it came on.
Soccer was a wickedly talented dog, as most celebrity dogs are. The parts I loved the most, other than seeing him ride a donkey as Sancho Panza in the Don Quixote episode (squee!), were when he performed random tricks. My favourite trick of all was when he celebrated by jumping up and spinning around at the same time. It was just the most adorable thing in my mind. The family dog couldn’t do that. I’d never seen any dog do that before. Soccer’s trainer must be very talented as well, I’d thought.
Life list item #99 complete!
*Photo credit goes to GPG Television.