In the Year of the Dog

Year of the DogHappy Lunar New Year! Starting tomorrow, we’re officially in the Year of the Earth Dog. According to Chinese myth and legend, dogs symbolize efficiency, loyalty, fairness, integrity and hard work. In honor of this auspicious year, meet my five favorite Disney dogs (NOT INCLUDING GOOFY!), presented in alphabetical order (because I don’t want to insult any of the puppies):

(from Up)
Dug (Up) If Dug isn’t the quintessential family dog, who is? He’s loyal and loving to a fault… but not the smartest dog on the block. And he’s got a leg up (see what I did there?) on all those other dogs out there because he can talk! I’ve always been one of those people who’s just dying to know what’s going on in my pupper’s head. Dug reveals, well, there’s not a lot more going on up there than I would have guessed. But that’s okay. Because he loves me.


(from Oliver and Company)
Georgette (Oliver and Company)Hello, world! Meet my id. It is all about this prize-winning poodle. Some might call her spoiled or self-centered, but really, she is just the most. Don’t lie. You want chocolates and a glamorous dressing gown and a comfy bed surrounded by photos of suitors, too. Would we all be so cruel to poor, homeless Oliver? Well, no. But Georgette comes around and learns to be friendly and fabulous. Something we can all aspire to.


(from The Little Mermaid)
Max (The Little Mermaid)Max is more or less my ideal dog. He is loving and loyal and curious and ready for a good time, no matter what Eric’s got going on. Party on a boat? There for it. Fetch on the beach? There for it. Wind in the hair? There for it. But he’s also there to help when Eric almost drowns, and he’s got Eric’s back during Ursula’s creepy marriage plot, causing a much-needed distraction that allows the animals to save the day. Good boy!!


(from 101 Dalmatians)
Rolly 101 DalmatiansYes, hi, hello. If I were a dog, I’d be Rolly. Heck, as a human, I am basically Rolly. Helpful, carefree, conflict-avoidant and loving … oh, and we both have a bottomless pit for a stomach. That’s us. When’s dinner?


(from Feast)
Winston (Feast)This little sweetie is another example of the perfect dog. Seriously–is Winston available for adoption? He’s all about his owner and going along for the ride. Especially if that ride includes some delicious, delicious food. And even if that ride includes (blech) vegetables and an interloping woman who tries to ruin all of your fun. Because, at the end of the day, Winston is the ultimate good boy. (No spoilers, but if you haven’t seen this Pixar short, you really must. There will be tears.)

Do you have a favorite Disney dog? Did I miss anyone? Tell me about it in the comments.

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