The Internet loves the 90’s. The Internet also loves dogs. It’s not exactly rocket science that the two should be combined. Here are some famous dogs from the 90’s! You’re welcome.
1. Beethoven from Beethoven
How many other kids tried to convince their parents to get an insanely large dog in the form of a Saint Bernard after this 1992 movie? The composer this 185-pound dog is named after was pretty smart, but Beethoven the dog is pretty much a genius. He always knew what to do: he rescued little girls from drowning pools, beat up the bad guys, and always looked downright adorable.
2. Shadow from Homeward Bound
If you didn’t cry at the end of Homeward Bound, you’re a soulless monster. The film follows the journey of Chance, Sassy, and the Shadow as they find their way back to their family. Shadow, the older Golden Retriever, almost doesn’t make it back home. Just rewatching this clip for the article made me cry. I swear I’m an adult.
3. Buddy from Airbud
Thanks to this dog, there are at least 20 or so spin-off films with adorable Golden Retrievers playing some sort of sport. Never forget the OG Airbud and his human companion Josh, who convinced me that it was perfectly OK to feed your dog pudding cups (not so much.) It’s hard not to tear up during this scene, or at least question how a young boy could throw a basketball 100 yards.
4. Charlie from All Dogs Go To Heaven
Bless the person who made this movie. Instead of explaining the meaning of life and death and simply saying that Fido went to a farm, parents were able to pop in this tape to show that after a long and happy life, the family pup was going to a better place. Although, there was this nightmare fueled scene that may have made kids worried about their pup’s ethics here on Earth. (This film TECHNICALLY came out over the holiday season of 1989, but we’ll let it slide.)
5. Santa’s Little Helper from The Simpsons
Santa’s Little Helper’s is the epitome of a dumb but lovable pup. After Bart rescues him from the dog track, SLH becomes his own character in the longest running animated show in history. I think we’ve all dealt with something like this little clip, right?
6. Eddie from Frasier
This one’s kind of a no-brainer. The dog who played Eddie, whose name was Moose, reportedly made $10,000 per episode in the series’ heyday. No way Eddie ever heard the blues a callin’ with that fat of a paycheck, of course he had to split it with his trainer.
7. Balto from Balto
Dogs can be heroes, too. The 1995 animated film was based off of real life Siberian Husky named Balto, who lead his sled team on the last leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome. I tried to convince my mom that I too needed a husky in case I got diphtheria. It didn’t work, but I did watch this movie until the tape was completely worn.
8. Fly from Babe
Babe may have been the star of his eponymous film, but Fly comes in a close second. Although skeptical at first, Fly takes in Babe as one of her own and starts to mold him to become the best sheep herder ever.
9. All 101 Dalmations from the live action 101 Dalmatians
Come on, you can’t make us pick just one! I was personally a little partial to Whizzer, because what puppy piddling inside isn’t adorable? In my defense, I was seven and didn’t understand the full responsibilities of owning a dog. Also, can we all agree that “Pongo” is one of the best dog names ever? Good.
10. Gidget the Taco Bell Dog
We all remember “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!” The tiny Chihuahua was the spokesdog for the fast food chain from 1997-2000 and inspired several catchphrases and her own line of action figures and toys. The dog, who was voiced by Reno 911!’s Carlos Jaime Alazraqui, caused some outcry from Latin American advocacy groups, saying the dog as a cultural stereotype. Still, this dog is cited in many “You know you’re a 90s kid when” lists, especially with this tie-in with Godzilla!
Who did we miss? Who is your favorite famous dog from the 1990’s? Tell us in the comments or holler at me on Twitter: @MaggieClancy