10 Most Famous Human-Dog Relationships

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6:05 pm 26 Oct, 2010

This page is dedicated to the legendary relationship between dogs and their owners.

1. Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell is a female Chihuahua and most famous as an “accessory dog” of Paris Hilton. This dog can be often spotted with Hilton in social functions or events, glancing out from her handbag. Tinkerbell made international headlines when she went missing on August 12, 2004, and a reward of $5,000 was offered for her safe return. However, she returned after six days.



2. Charles Schulz and Spike

American cartoonist Charles Schulz based his comic character Snoopy on his family’s Basset hound Spike. In later strips, a dog called Spike appears as Snoopy’s brother. This amazing dog was recorded in the Robert Ripley’s “Believe It or Not”  because of its habit of eating razor blades, pins and tacks.



3. Graham Snell and Heidi

One of the most heart-wrenching stories of a dog and his master. Sixty-five-year-old Mr. Snell was hiking through the hills of Altnaharra but unfortunately, he slipped to an instant death in the wilderness of mountains. Heidi, a Jack Russell Terrier, protected the dead body for two days until the team of Royal Air Force located them.



4. Bill Clinton and Buddy

This Labrador Retriever was acquired by Clinton in December 1997 when it was just three months old. Buddy had a great conflict with Clinton’s cat, Socks, due to which both were kept in separate quarters. The principal pet of the First Family was killed by a car while chasing it in a playful manner.



5. Paul McCartney and Martha

Sir McCartney bought this sheepdog puppy soon after buying his new house in 1965. The inspiration for the famous song “Martha My Dear” by The Beatles, this dog was a “wind of change” in Paul’s life. Cryptically, the track “Martha My Dear” was about Paul’s beloved Jane Asher.



6. John Gray and Greyfriars Bobby

This Skye Terrier belonged to John Gray, a night watchman in Edinburgh. After the death of Gray in 1858, Bobby spent 14 years sitting on his grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Bobby died in 1872 and he was buried in the same graveyard of his master, John. This amazing companionship is depicted in Eleanor Atkinson’s novel “Grefriar’s Bobby” as well as in a movie “The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby.”



7. George Bush and Millie

Considered as the most adorable dog in the history of White House, Millie was a Springer Spaniel of George H. W. Bush. Acknowledging his opponents, Al Gore and Bill Clinton, Bush once stated – My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos. At the age of 12, Millie died of pneumonia in 1997 and later a dog park in Houston was named after her.



8. Adolf Hitler and Blondi

Blondi was a German Shepherd, given to Adolf Hitler as a gift by Martin Bormann in 1941. Due to an enormous affection with Blondi, Hitler was credited as an animal lover which was a significant part of Nazi propaganda. Blondi accompanied Hitler during his move to the underground bunker and was chosen a guinea pig to examine the poison capsules.



9. Dr. Eisaburo Ueno and Hachiko

Hachiko was an Akita dog and belonged to Dr. Ueno, professor of agriculture at Tokyo University in the 1920s. Hachiko followed him daily from his home to the Shibuya railway station and wait for him until he came back from the University. In 1925, professor passed away due to a major stroke in his University and never came home. It is said that this dog waited for his master for the next nine years on the same railway station. Hachiko died in 1935 but still, his devotion and loyalty is remembered by dog lovers.



10. Francis Barraud and Nipper

The advertising icon! British artist Francis Barraud sold a painting called His Master’s Voice to the Gramophone company. It showed his dog Nipper listening to a gramophone. The company adopted it as its trademark and later changed its company name to “His Master’s Voice” (HMV).


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