Great Dog Moments of the Twentieth Century
An American businessman buys a bisquit recipe from a London butcher
and markets them under the name Malatoid. In 1915, he adds cows
milk to the recipe and changes the name to Milk Bone
Two women graduate from veterinary schools
Boston Terriers become America’s favorite breed
Stubby, a mutt, goes overseas with the 102nd Infantry, saves his
regiment from mustard gas attacks, locates wounded soldiers, and
earns a decoration for valor from Gen. John Pershing.
Rin Tin Tin, a homeless pup rescued by an American airman in France,
stars in the first of more than 40 films.
Extreme cold made air travel impossible when diphtheria broke out
in Nome, Alaska, so rescuers used a dogsled to deliver the serum.
Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park opens.
Guide dogs debut in Germany. Buddy, a German Shepherd, is the first
Seeing Eye Dog.
Pluto makes his debut in Disney’s The Chain Gang.
Rin Tin Tin dies at age 14 while playing. His son Junior carries
on the movie tradition.
Goofy makes his cartoon debut.
President Roosevelt’s German Shepherd, Major, rips the pants of
the British Prime Minister.
Cocker Spaniels become America’s favorite breed
Toto follows the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy.
A horse and rider jump off a cliff into a raging river during the
filming of Jesse James, and the horse dies. The American Humane
Association opens a Los Angeles office to protect animal actors.
Vaccination programs begin to curb the spread of rabies.
F.D.R’s Scottie Fala and Churchill’s Poodle Rufus attend the signing
of the Atlantic Charter.
The movie Lassie Come Home premiers
Eight dogs receive the Dickin Medal for Valor, the highest Allied
animal decoration for WWII service.
The Lassie radio show begins.
The non-profit Morris Animal Foundation is founded.
Charles Schulz’s Peanuts debuts, introducing the world to Snoopy.
Richard Nixon makes the ‘Checkers Speech’.
The Beagle becomes America’s favorite dog breed.
The Humane society of the United States is founded
The Lassie TV show debuts on one network, and The Adventures of
Rin Tin Tin on another.
Tramp romances Lady in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.
The canine hip prothesis is adapted for humans.
Laika, an 11 pound mixed breed, becomes the first dog in space with
the launch of Sputnik 2.
A stray dog taken in by a Texas family saves them from all kinds
of dangers before coming to a sad end in Old Yeller.
Pressure cooked Purina Dog Chow is introduced.
101 Dalmations is a box-office hit.
President Lyndon Johnson raises a howl from animal lovers when he
lifts his Beagles – Him and Her – by their ears.
Singing dogs bark their way to stardom with the hit tune, “Jingle
The stainless steel dog dish is introduced.
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Animal Welfare Act into law.
A German Shepherd war dog named Bruiser drags his badly wounded
handler to safety while taking two rounds. More than 4000 dogs served
during the Vietnam War, and were credited with saving many lives.
- 1970 Trying
to find a toy his German Shepherd cannot tear apart easily, Joe
Markham comes up with the design for the Kong toy.
San Diego announces that dogs can run leash free on what will become
known as Dog Beach.
The Ashley Whippet Invitational Frisbee Championship begins.
A small, fuzzy former shelter dog captures moviegoers hearts in
Benji, and mixed breed dogs jump in popularity. Benji is credited
with inspiring a million shelter pet adoptions.
As a reward for serving nobly with American troops in Vietnam, most
of the 4000 dogs are left behind at the end.
Therapy Dogs International makes the first pet therapy visit to
a nursing home in New Jersey.
IAMS Co. introduces Eukanuba, the first super-premium dog food.
The Delta Society is founded to promote the benefits of human-animal
The animal poison control center opens at the University of Illinois
Parvovirus, highly contagious and deadly, emerges and begins killing
dogs by the thousands.
The first leash-free dog park in the U.S. opens in Berkeley, California.
David Letterman debuts “Stupid Pet Tricks”.
- 1980 Veterinary
Pet Insurance offers the first health insurance for pets.
University of Georgia mascot Uga accompanies Herschel Walker to
the Heisman Trophy banquet.
When Bob Dole is named Senate majority leader, his wife presents
him with a Schnauzer named Leader.
The nations first pet sitting organization – National Association
of Professional Pet Setters – is founded.
Spuds MacKenzie makes People magazine’s best dressed list.
Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush becomes a best seller.
Melissa Heeter of Cartersville, Ga. becomes the first woman to win
the Canine Frisbee Disc World Championship.
Riding the Taco Bell wave, the Chihuahua enters the top ten list
of popular dog breeds.
The first canine pregnancy test is introduced.
The American Veterinary Medical Association discourages its members
from performing ear cropping and tail docking for cosmetic reasons.
Sony introduces AIBO, the first robotic dog.
from Dog Fancy, January 2000