Disneyland First Annual Kids' Amateur Dog Show

Disneyland First Annual Kids’ Amateur Dog Show

The year is 1958, and it’s the Disneyland First Annual Kids’ Amateur Dog Show,
. . . an event that would continue into the 1960s at the park. Sponsored by Ken-L-Ration-brand dog food, kids entered the Qualifying Kids’ Amateur Dog Shows throughout Orange County, California, with the hopes of being selected as a semi-finalist and getting the chance to go for a walk with…

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101 Lucky Dogs Visit Magic Kingdom

Shih tzus, poodles, beagles—101 dogs in all—joined their owners and Disney dogs such as Pluto during the first-ever “A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom” event on August 30, 2014. The tail-wagging morning featured a doggie dance party, a walk in the park through Cinderella Castle, a costume contest, green carpet, doggie treats, and more for the 101 lucky…

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Scamp and Jock in Lady and the Tramp

23 Disney Dogs That Will Make You Want To Adopt A Dog Of Your Own This Month

The playful puppy Scamp tugs at Jock’s holiday sweater in the film Lady and the Tramp.
From the heart-wrenching story of Old Yeller and the whimsical transformation tale of Shaggy Dog to their animated cousins such as the thunderous Bolt, the caregiving Nana from Peter Pan, and the beloved talking Dug from Up—squirrel!—Disney has litters of furry sidekicks and…

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101 Dalmatians

(Approximately) 101 Reasons Why I Love One Hundred and One Dalmatians!

Follow my lead and you’ll sniff out the reasons I think this classic Disney film is spot-on.
A self-professed dog lover, Walt Disney naturally came up with a doggoned good film when making a movie all about his beloved mutts. On more than one occasion, Walt appeared on his TV show with a canine co-star, and on the February 12, 1961 installment of his Walt Disney…

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Rowlf the Muppet Dog

Meet the Founder and President of the OMD (Organization of Muppet Dogs)

By Jim Fanning

He was the very first Muppet television star
. . . but he’s not green and he’s not a frog. He’s brown, furry and a dog—Rowlf the Dog.

The pun-loving pooch, sometimes known as “Ol’ Brown Ears,” was the very first Muppet to break into big-time primetime TV. In 1962, he made his debut as the star in a series of dog food commercials, followed by a…

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The spots of 101 Dalmatians

Painting of Spots Huge Job in Producing Disney’s Dalmatians

The spots belong only to the dog.
Those on the man, Roger Radcliff, are from the pen of a dognapper hurled at him in this scene from Walt Disney’s feature-length cartoon comedy, 101 Dalmatians. Adapted from the Dodie Smith novel, this is the hilarious story of an ultra villainous woman who steals Dalmatians for the wonderful fur coats they will make. The color by…

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Disney Oswald

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is Coming to Disney California Adventure and Much More in News Briefs

Oswald is Coming to Disney California Adventure
You’ve worn the rabbit ear hats; you’ve tasted the Oswald ice cream sundaes at Clarabelle’s. Now, beginning September 14, one of Walt Disney’s earliest cartoon stars, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, will be on hand to meet guests at Disney California Adventure Park in the area between the park’s main entrance turnstiles and the…

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photo of gravemarkers with pet names and figures of dogs, cats, rabbits and animals

Disneyland’s Pet Cemetery

The original pet cemetery at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion began in the 1980s with just a few grave statues tucked away on a small patch of lawn on the side of the queue, out of sight for most guests.
After a few years, Disney Imagineers realized there were more ghost stories to tell from Mansion‘s animal inhabitants. And in 1993, the gravesite was expanded into the…

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Scene from Disney animated feature Oliver and Company

Oliver & Company is Released

The Disney movie Oliver & Company, which was released on this day in 1988, tells the classic Charles Dickens tale of Oliver, the artful dodger, but with a twist. Departing from the typical timelessness of Disney’s animated features, Oliver & Company takes place in modern-day Manhattan, and in this telling, Oliver is a little kitten, voiced by Joey Lawrence, who would…

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Wolf in Disney's Legend of Lobo

The Legend of Lobo Debuts

“Around the lonely campfire, when the wolves begin to call, the writers tell the story of the bravest wolf of all. The king of all the hunters, born to lead the rest, his name became a legend across the great southwest.”

Well, partner, those lyrics to the title song of The Legend of Lobo, released on this day in 1962, were penned by Disney Legends Richard M. and…

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