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This charming and adorable collection of the best cinematic dogs is sure to delight dog lovers and movie-goers alike. The Citizen Canine pack includes sixty of the bravest, cutest and furriest pooches ever to grace the silver screen. Covering 100 years of films from top-billed hounds like Lassie and Benji to comedic scene-stealers like Asta from Bringing Up Baby and Puffy from There's Something About Mary, all your favourite furry friends are here. Whether you have a canine companion or just wish you did, Citizen Canine is your perfect guide to dogs, movies and the magical moments when they come together.
A light, entertaining introduction covers the history of dogs in movies, from Charlie Chaplin to contemporary indie darlings, while fun facts and stories from behind the camera bring the all the featured films to life.
Find all about the tricks trainers used to train these canine actors, the following are included in the book:
Scraps (A Dog's Life)
Toto (The Wizard of Oz)
Matisse (Down and Out in Beverly Hills)
Hooch (Turner & Hooch)
Chance (Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey)
The puppies (101 Dalmatians)
Buddy (Air Bud)
Lou (Cats & Dogs)
Shaggy (The Shaggy Dog)
Sam (I Am Legend)
Marley (Marley & Me)
Rocco (The Drop)
Bailey (A Dog's Purpose)
About the Author
Wendy Mitchell is a contributing editor for Screen International. She has been a staff writer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, IndieWire, and Rolling Stone and has written for The Guardian, Variety, Time Out New York, Glamour, and Billboard. She consults for the San Sebastian and Zurich film festivals.
“…fascinating stories… in Citizen Canine: Dogs in the Movies by film journalist Wendy Mitchell, featuring 60 of the smartest, bravest and funniest pooches who’ve appeared on the big screen in the last 100 years — from old-school favorites like Lassie to modern-day scene-stealers like Bruiser from “Legally Blonde.” New York Post
“Wendy Mitchell’s slim book, with lots of pup photos, is a pat on the head for the hundreds of dogs who, from silent film days on, have appeared — and even starred in — feature-length films… Mitchell’s style is that of a true dog lover: She adores canines and appreciates the directors and dog trainers who facilitate their performances — and she makes time for quips, puns and anecdotes from filmmaking.” Columbus Dispatch
“60 charming, courageous and utterly talented pooches landed on the pages of Citizen Canine: Dogs in the Movies by author and film journalist Wendy Mitchell. It’s an exciting ride through the more than a hundred years of cinema history, an amusing peek behind the scenes, and an adorable collection of photos featuring our favorite Hollywood hounds, from Benji to Lassie to Beethoven?—you name it!” Bored Panda
“Spanning a century of films, it reveals behind-the-scenes facts about both blockbuster stars and indie darlings. Household names like Lassie and Beethoven make an appearance alongside lesser-known characters, like Scraps from Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life.” Paste Magazine
“Citizen Canine: Dogs in the Movies by film journalist Wendy Mitchell, featuring 60 of the smartest, bravest and funniest pooches who’ve appeared on the big screen in the last 100 years — from old-school favorites like Lassie to modern-day scene-stealers like Bruiser from “Legally Blonde.” New York Post
“If you’re a dog lover and a movie buff, this is the book for you!” Dogster